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4/28/08 10:11 A

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Unfortunately you're going to have to watch what you eat AND run in order to effectively lose weight. Remember, you need to create a calorie deficit of 3500 to lose 1lb. Generally, running burns 100 cals per mile. So to lose weight by running alone you're looking at 35 miles a week, which is a lot!

So I'd say keep tracking, adjust the cals to fit your increased running time, eat SMART and you'll see the weight drop off. Eating smart is the key here, of course.

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4/27/08 2:55 P

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I think that it depends on what you consider eating what you want. Does that mean a cheeseburger once a week or does that mean a cheeseburger every day. If you are eating a sensible, a well balanced diet, then perhaps you are eating as you should. Also, how much are you running? Once you start logging in some serious miles, you may need to re-examine your eating plan to make sure you aren't depriving yourself and keeping your body healthy.
I use the nutrition tracker at Spark to help keep me in check - I have a tendency to eat less than what I should and not as healthful as I should. I started tracking my calcium and was SHOCKED at how little of that I get in my diet! You may just track your food to see how you are doing nutritionally.
Congrats on your results!

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4/27/08 12:14 P

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I just started running this school semester and I haven't lost any weight. I have not put as much focus on staying in my calorie ranges because I thought the exercise would help. But then again, I do not run very long distances; it's usually around 1-2 miles. So that may be part of the reason. For me, I think I still have to watch what I eat because I have a strong tendency to go overboard when I don't because of the stress school puts in my life. But I'm sure it's different for every person.

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4/27/08 12:10 P

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I still think one needs to focus on eating healthy to fuel their body properly and I also agree with

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4/27/08 11:59 A

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Well, I think that really depends on how much you're eating. I really do think you can eat anything you want as long as you eat it in moderation. I've not read Intuitive Eating, but the basic principles are to eat only when you're hungry, pay attention to your body, and stop when you're full. Oh, and eat what you want, not what you think you ought to. I think when you stop putting a lot of pressure on yourself and giving food so much power, you're better able to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Maybe that's what you're doing instinctively! If you're losing, and that's what you want, that's great. If you hit a plateau, maybe it's time then to examine your diet. But if it ain't broke . . .

Good luck with your running! I find that the more I'm taking care of myself through exercise, the more I'll naturally want to eat healthy food.

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4/27/08 11:20 A

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Hi again! This running in conjunction with weight training has really changed my body! I have gone down 2 sizes. The funny thing is I have not really tried to watch what I eat. Is this just because I am running more and longer? Will I continue to eat anything I want and still loose as long as I keep running and working out? This may sound like a dumb question but so far it's working for me.

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