I run 4 miles every other day and unlike many others, I find it hard to stay in my calorie range. I am usually under on my calories. I have lost almost 8 pounds since I started Spark this past March 28.
I heard Bob Greene on Oprah say something about eating that really hit home for me. He says that at that moment when you are a little hungry, like looking for cereal or other snacks to not get it. He says that at that moment, your body is looking for fuel and you can either provide the fuel by eating or your body will find fuel in your fat stores. **Clarify one thing - he said this does NOT apply to meals - you need well-balanced meals. This is for that benign snacking we all do. His point was that a little feeling of hunger is OK.
I do my best to really only eat when I am really hungry. However, I am rarely hungry! LOL What a switch from my pre-Spark self. I eat fiber, protein, monounsaturated fats with every meal those just fill me up.
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Hi and welcome to the team. I am also not one to ask about the ranges and calories - I think I usually am toward the high end, because marathon training makes you hungry. I do eat a lot of fiber, veggies, and try not to eat processed foods and sweets. Good luck with your running; and I'm sure you'll find this page fun and helpful!
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i find that the calorie randge works if you use the bulk method (lots of salad with lunch and dinner to fill i spring and summer, broths in the winter nad fall when it's colder) but when i am doing long run days i often go over their recommended ranges shari
Welcome, this is a great group. There are several people who know a ton about nutrition. I try not to add much on the days I run (unless I'm training.) The one thing I have changed since I started running was giving up my sugar cereal for Total cereal. I have that everyday and it helps even out my energy.
Good luck with your training. Any time you have a question just post it. You'll have a lot of responses before you know it!
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Thanks for the reply. I'm looking to lose those last 10 stubborn pounds!! And I know that my mindless eating has alot to do with them sticking on my love handles. But, I'm a bit concerned to run into problems, energy wise and hunger, if I keep to a 1250 to 1500 calories/day diet.
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hi and welcome, hope you find time to get a race in soon, lots of fun and helps keep you moving. As for your question, I would ask are you trying to lose weight or maintain? How much of a change would you think would need to be made? That would all play into what you need to do as far as your intake. I do not see a big increase needed.
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Hi everyone! I'm new here! It's my first week on Spark and found this team page. I've been running for a few years, nothing too serious, about 20 to 25 k a week. I wish I had time for more or even train for a half, but at this point in my life, i'm too busy! So, I'm looking forward to getting to know you and hopefully getting some motivation along with it.
I have a question for you. When you run, do you add a bit more calories to your daily total or do you stick with what Spark has givin you? I find my appetite is quite noticeable when I log in full weeks and not quite sure how to go about with running and Sparkdieting...
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