Friday, February 25, 2011
Oops! Forgot that I was going to talk about the Runner's Diet in my last post!
I ordered this book:
It's written by the creators of Runner's World, who I trust for the most part. I should get it in the mail tomorrow, but I went ahead and read about it on the Runner's World website so that I could pseudo-start right away.
I'll keep you guys updated, but so far this is how it works...
They want you to eat a ratio of 50% carbs 25% protein and 25% fat, so that you have enough carbs to fuel your running but you don't overdo it. They also ask that you eat your carbs mostly around your runs, and then eat protein and fat the rest of the time.
So far so good.
I set up a spreadsheet so that I can keep track, but basically it's body weight x 13 for your maintenance calories before running (It's set up for runners, so it assumes you're lightly active otherwise). Then you allot 100 calories per mile you run. Subtracting from that whatever you want your deficit to be gives you your calories per day. (I'm not accounting for strength training because SP doesn't).
My chart has my current weight, carbs, fat, protein, calories/day, net calories and "lbs. lost" which is kind of a fake number based on the sum of my net calories out. I think it'll be interesting to see if it correlates with my weight loss. If it doesn't, I've probably got a slower metabolism than this book estimates for.
Anyway, I'm really excited to have a diet book that's actually made for runners, and like I said I'll keep you guys updated on how it goes.