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MARATHONDAD
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2/9/12 1:32 P

thanks so much for the tips I will try it out and see how my weight does. its hard for me to think eat more calories hahaha



AEROGERS129
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2/9/12 12:41 P

I agree with the other posters. You don't want to go under the suggested range because you don't want to risk losing all of that lean muscle that will help you kick butt for the marathon!

Almonds and other nuts are a great way to add calories in a healthful way. I also recommend nut butters (homemade is delish and fun to make!), avocado (high in calories and fat but great for you!), beans, and complex/whole grain carbs.

Good luck with the marathon and your healthy journey! :)





WADINGMOOSE
Posts: 1,044
2/9/12 12:36 P

Also, when one of my coworkers was training for the ride to conquer cancer, he would eat chicken for snacks so his snack calories were increase, yet still quite healthy.



WADINGMOOSE
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2/9/12 12:29 P

You definitely need to increase your calories for that kind of training.

I can't recommend my training diet last year because it was awful. Adding some whole grains for increased carbs will help. Try to avoid the classic refined carbs (pasta, pancakes, etc) because those are pretty empty. But whole grains will help you up both your carbs and your calories.

Oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, etc are all good options.



ANARIE
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2/9/12 12:25 P

Also, be aware that it's almost impossible to lose weight and train for a marathon at the same time. You're asking your body to do two completely opposite things. You might have to put off the weight loss until after the race.



LEC358
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2/9/12 12:17 P

cheese, bananas, other nuts, grapes, apples, tuna, yogurt, oatmeal...basically unprocessed stuff that's low in sodium, transfats, and refined carbohydrates. The Runner's World site also has a lot of tips on how to eat while training for distance races.



MARATHONDAD
SparkPoints: (28,046)
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2/9/12 9:51 A

yes just a comment I am training for a half marathon and I am very active. the system raised my calories from 1800 to 2300-2500. I am also trying to loose around 25 pounds so its hard for me to do. I will try it and see if im getting good results. I am having a hard time cracking 2000 calories I eat quite a bit but all healthy. any suggestions on how to add healthy calories? I added almonds as a snack and thats not bad



 
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