The Best Diet for Running - So Simple Anyone Can Do It!
I hate the word "diet." The best diet for running really isn't much of a diet at all. It really is all about healthy eating choices. You don't have to eat less food, just eat different foods.
This article will go in more detail about the right way to eat for a runner, but it boils down to two simple things. First, you should eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Second, eat less of everything else. That's it.
There are smaller changes that you can make in your life that can assist a healthy diet, but if you can eat more fruits, veggies, and whole grains instead of something else, you'll do great. Runners need complex-carbohydrates. Think of a runner as a car. Complex-carbohydrates are high performance running fuel. Too many simple sugars (sweets) burn out your engine too quick. Too much protein or fats (meat) clog up the engine with excess weight and waste.
I'm not going to break a diet for running down into percentages because I don't do this myself. Here's really what you need to do. Eat three balanced meals. At every meal, make sure you eat at least one fruit or vegetable. If you snack between meals, eat a fruit or vegetable as a snack.
A great way to monitor just how much you eat is to keep a food journal. Here are free printable food journal pages from tips4running. You could also check out some different food journals for sale right here.When you write down what you eat everyday, it can be an eye opener. A recent study by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that people who wrote down what they eat lose almost twice as much weight as other people attempting to drop some pounds.
People who are vegetarians or vegans will tell you they lost weight when they made the switched away from meats or all animal products. Why? Fruits and vegetables make you feel full when you eat them. Your body knows when it has enough complex-carbohydrates so you then stop eating. Sugars, fats, and proteins can sometimes sneek up on you in baked goods, fried foods, or breaded sandwiches with meat.
There are some other things you can do in your diet for running that will go a long way. First of all is moving away from saturated fats like butter or Crisco. Use olive oil instead. Another simple switch is eat whole grain flour or oats instead of unbleached flour. That means buying the whole grain pastas and 100% whole grain breads. It might take some getting used to, but whole grains are much better for your heart and for dealing with your weight.
My final piece of advice is to eat like a two or three year old. My son and daughter don't eat everything on their plate every meal. They eat until they're full or tired of that food. They don't feel obligated to clean their plate because they haven't been brainwashed into thinking consuming everything is polite. They also don't eat because they are bored. They eat when they're hungry. The world is new and fresh to them so they don't grab chips and sit down to watch TV. They'd rather be playing some game or getting into each others business.
I hope this advice helps. A diet for running involves making healthy choices. The next time you go to the grocery store, hit the produce aisle hard and don't even go to the cookie or chips aisle. You can't eat bad food if there isn't any in the house. Now put down that cookie and go outside for a run!
- Written by David Tiefenthaler
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