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RT4KING SparkPoints: (16)
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7/7/11 3:03 P

I ran my first 1/2 last October. I lost 5 lbs of what I would call FAT in the first 3 weeks. I must say that 2 of those weeks were a "chicken and broccoli" diet. That diet can only be done for 2 weeks because it is so boring (strawberries, egg whites and spinach am, 2 protein/green leafy vege snacks and 2 lean meat/fish + green leafy vege per day). It DOES cut the fat and is a very "clean" way to eat however it would not sustain the energy needed to run more than 10 miles per week. I then started eating "normal" plus more. I did not really worry about what I was eating but would say I tried to eat balanced. I did lose 10 lbs overall and it was the right kind of weight to lose...I looked the best I had looked in 20 years. I was hungry constantly and gained the weight back 2 months after the marathon!! Disappointing, I know. I did always search for the right nutrition which is what led me to this thread. Running a half is so fulfilling - simply for knowing I accomplished what I first thought was impossible! Good luck to everyone!

CRISPY20 Posts: 342
5/16/11 9:51 P

I'm training for a half right now, and I found that after my weekly mileage went over 20 I had a hard time figuring out how many calories to eat and still have a slow weight loss. Everyone's body reacts differently, but I did find that I was eating too little especially on long run days. It may take some experimentation to figure out what works for you. It's hard not to get discouraged when you're working so hard and the scale isn't moving. Do know that you are improving your fitness & changing your body. My leg muscles rock, and even my shorter runs are longer than my long runs 2 years ago. If your half isn't til this fall, I'd suggest ramping up your diet and fitness efforts until your long run hits 8 miles or so. Then know that you may need to make some adjustments. YMMV, of course. :)

NAYFOOT Posts: 191
5/16/11 9:10 P

I'm glad I ran across this thread. i'm trying to soak up as much info as possible on marathons. I'm just starting to prepare for my 1st half marathon in November. I thought this would be a good opportunity to set a tangible weight loss goal while helping others. Thanks for the tips

KIROPA Posts: 13
4/1/11 4:04 P

i didn't read all the responses, but have two personal stories to share.

1) while training for and running the NYC marathon in 2009 I did not lose an ounce (and my size did not change). only explanation is that working out increased my hunger and my caloric intake matched expenditures.

2) recently, (well 5 months ago) i started working out everyday. I can now wear clothing at current weight that used to only fit when I was 10 pounds lighter. My body has lost weight, but more importantly it has lost MORE inches!

Edited by: KIROPA at: 4/1/2011 (16:22)
NOLARUNNER SparkPoints: (0)
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4/1/11 3:47 P

I am having the same issue and found this calculator online. It is great for those who want to know WHAT exactly is needed. It breaks calories into carbs, fat and protein for you. Just input some info and it does the rest.

Edited by: NOLARUNNER at: 4/1/2011 (15:50)
KMMORGAN26 Posts: 5
2/18/11 1:56 P

I've never heard of this, but I'm glad I read it. I just signed up for my first 1/2 marathon in September. It's kind of a shame to hear that I may not lose the weight I'm looking to, but at least I know there's a reason for it and I won't get discouraged. Thanks Becky for the book suggestions.


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2/5/11 3:22 P

i trained for a marathon last april and keep dieting continued to loss weight stay with your diet good luck.

2/5/11 11:05 A

I had a bit of a similar experience. I went from couch to marathon in about 15 months. In that time, I lost about 25 lbs. It's not a lot, but I my metabolism picked up a LOT and I was pretty much able to eat what I wanted and how much I wanted - and maintained weight. I was most successful when I ate between 1500 - 1800 calories per day and a bit more on long run days.

I think if I had eaten cleaner - more fruits, veggies and leaner proteins, then I would have been more successful. I think it would be a good idea to contact a sports nutritionist because this should be an ideal time to lose weight.

2/5/11 10:56 A

The scales is NOT going to tell the whole picture of your health improvements as you train. You may not experience the weight loss as you expect, but you will be toning, buidling muscles, improving cardio...etc, etc. I think you have a great idea of using a specialist (sports dietitian). Check out these books by Nancy Clark, RD at your local library or buy your own copy. Trust me...they are a great resource. I think you will really like the first 2 books listed :


Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 2/5/2011 (10:57)
VALDAN1988 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/4/11 7:34 P

I'm having the same issue. Iv'e been training for a 1/2 marathon since October. My marathon is the end of this month. I need to lose about 30 pounds. Since I've started training, I've only lost about 8 pounds. I watch what I eat. I try to stay around 1500 calories a day. I'm going to my doctor tomorrow. I'm going to ask her about it. Hope you get some answers.

2/4/11 6:38 P

Hi! I recently started training for a 1/2 marathon in May and am also working on losing weight. I've had a handful of people tell me that it's impossible to lose weight while training. I've lost some, but am concerned that as my mileage goes up, my loss slows down. I was thinking of going to a Sports Nutritionist. Any tips? TIA

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