It seems like it would be easy to lose weight while training for a half or full marathon, right? You’re running all these miles and your watch is telling you you’re burning 1,000+ calories every Saturday. But you probably know that’s not always true.
I personally gained 7 pounds last fall while training for my trail marathon!!! Not only was I extra hungry, but I was using all that extra mileage as an excuse to eat more treats and because I was busy running so much, I also didn’t spend as much time cooking or preparing healthy food.
I often have runners come to me and ask – how do I lose weight WHILE also training for a race?
My response is often: choose a priority. Choose weight loss or choose performance. The two CAN go hand in hand, but it’s a delicate balance so I want people to be clear on their priorities. But what if BOTH are a priority?
I asked Tess Chupinsky, the nutritionist on Team Run the World, to give more insight into this topic in our marathon & half training group and here’s the incredible advice she gave:
Losing weight without sacrificing performance: It’s not always easy but it CAN be done. Use these tips to help lose weight while training for a race.
How Should I Eat while Training for a Race?
Times to fine tune and really focus on quality, nutrient dense nutrition (aka lots of veggies, lean protein, low GI carbs):
Times to focus more on performance:
VERY IMPORTANT: Pre and post workout nutrition plays more a part of this than you might currently understand. It will allow you to perform and recover without binging, craving and making up for lost calories later in the day.
If you are properly fueling + recovering from your workouts, all your other nutrition can be eaten as if you didn’t run ALL THE MILES.
What Foods Should I Eat While Training for a Race?
One more thing to mention, is the idea of focusing on QUALITY food. When I say quality food, I mean asking yourself, “How is this food benefiting me on a molecular level?”
Think vitamins, minerals, nutrients in general. The more foods you’re eating that are providing your body nutrients, the more the food will be used, the less the food will be stored. Obviously there always needs to be room in our diet to eat food for the pure sake of enjoyment, but the vast majority of the food your eating should be serving you!
I have to say that Tess’s advice is so true. My experience following the 2B Mindset while half marathon training is that I have had a slow, steady weight loss of 1 lb/week following these principles while also fueling my workouts so that I feel great during them.
My sleep patterns have improved and overall, I sleep better. I experience less muscle soreness and have more energy throughout the day when I’m fueling well.
These principles can be applied to any runner, not just those wanting to lose weight. Quality nutrition affects our running performance and our long term health!
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Need help with nutrition to support your running goals (weight loss OR performance)?
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Get more info on Run – Lift – Fuel here! You can follow your own running plan & any Beachbody program (we’re recommending #MBF for those who need guidance) and we will help you make your own schedule that works for YOU and educate you how to fuel your body to support your goals. Incorporate the knowledge you have of how to lose weight while training for a race and find support in this group.
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