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7/26/12 11:33 P

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thanks for the feedback everyone! I truly appreciate it.

I know from personal experience that a high-fat diet tends to make me gain fat in the abdominal area, and timing is definitely important! that book's definitely going on my list.

For now, I guess I'll focus really hard on staying hydrated,portion control, and hike up the lean proteins (this is the challenge because beans are high-fiber, fish has mercury, too many eggs hike your cholesterol, and too much soy increases breast cancer). Guess I can focus on having a very varied diet.

Just take five minutes to regroup, and don't ever forget to make time for what makes you happy.

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7/25/12 2:30 P

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I agree with Carolyn, funny I too eat a small bowl of cereal if I am hungry.

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7/25/12 1:30 P

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You have a very specific diet, and when you combine that with the desire for weight loss PLUS the extra rigors of running, you can get into a touchy area when trying to meet all three objectives. You might want to find a sports nutritionist who can look at your diet, your weight loss goals, and the demands of running to make sure that you are fueling yourself properly.

But to answer your question about what I do to keep hunger at bay - I eat a lot more than I usually do, and I increase my carbs through whole grains (brown sweet rice, farro, quinoa) and vegetables that provide the biggest bang for my buck (broccoli, spinach, bok choy, squashes, onions, garlic, etc.). I've always been a grazer, eating 5-6 times a day, so that doesn't change. When training I find that I sometimes get hungry just as I am going to bed, so I'll have a bowl of cereal. I don't sleep well if my stomach is growling.

Good luck. I hope you find what works for you. Training is the best time to experiment.


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7/25/12 12:57 P

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Hi there! I definitely appreciate this question and have been experimenting a lot recently. I've been reading a great book: Racing Weight (Matt Fitzgerald) which is fantastic, but also gets into a lot of specifics about nutrient TIMING. I know as runners we all know when it's best for us to eat pre-workout, etc., but he talks a lot in general about the importance of timing throughout the day. I haven't finished the book yet, but I've already tried to experiment a little bit with timing, and would highly recommend the book. It's crazy but true that eating the same thing at one time yields a totally different effect than eating the same thing at another time.

Good luck, and happy training!


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7/25/12 1:25 A

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I am experimenting with a ketogenic (very low-carb and high fat) diet in preparation for my next half-marathon on September 9. It is possible to eat low-carb and high fat as a vegetarian although that is not what I have chosen to do.
So far I love it, my energy levels are better, I don't need to eat before I run nor do I feel the need to snack during the day but usually just eat 2-3 meals a day.
This may not be a solution for you for your next half-marathon because it takes a number of weeks to completely transition to this way of eating but may be interesting to look into for future ones. When eating low-carb and high fat your body gradually gets used to burning fat rather than sugar as fuel and with the absence of lots of carbs there is no up and down of insulin levels and blood sugar levels. This is often combined with doing most training runs with a heart rate cap to further encourage fat burning.
This approach is based on the books by Phinney and Volek which you can look at over here:

and here:

Some of the same information can also be found on this blog:


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7/25/12 1:04 A

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Hi everyone,

I'm struggling as I train for my August 25 half marathon to keep portions in check - I eat fish and eggs, but other than that am a yeast and gluten-free vegan. I'm struggling to continue to lose weight while fueling my body with my training schedule. What do you guys do to keep hunger at bay with all this running?

Thanks so much for your advice!

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