Best Food for Runners
When you start running, you might find that you’re tempted to eat more than before. You feel hungry right after your run and, unless you eat the right type of food, that hungry feeling continues for half a day. This is also true if you don’t run very regularly or if you’re getting into your running regimen after a break. As a result, you might end up gaining weight after you start running which, for many people, defeats the purpose. After all, most of us work out for health reasons and keeping our weight in check is part of that. How do you eat the right way as a runner so that your weight settles at a healthy number? Here are some running-related weight loss and diet tips:
To Weigh or Not to Weigh, That Is the Question
Most of us weigh ourselves to make sure that we’re not gaining too much weight. You can weigh yourself once a week or you can weigh yourself everyday. Some people get so obsessed that they weigh themselves a few times everyday, noting the changes in weight before and after eating a meal. This type of weight obsession is counterproductive and can be so disheartening that it might even prevent you from working out. Weigh yourself once a week and make sure that you do it at the same time of day. The best thing is to weigh yourself first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty. This way, you’ll have the right number to compare with the one from last week.
Best Food for Runners: Fats, Carbs or Proteins?
Everyone seems to assume that fats are the enemy but, like any other food group, fat is needed to keep the body going. It’s used by the membranes of the cells of your body for smooth functioning. However, most people don’t need to make an effort to consume fat because it comes in no matter what you eat (unless you’re on a strict all-salad diet).
So the choice is generally between carbs and proteins. Carbs often function as comfort foods and can make you feel good, especially right after a workout. However, proteins are better for you in the long run and can help you build muscles. So make sure you consume enough proteins in the form of chicken, fish and egg whites. However, don’t skimp on the carbs either or you can end up feeling fatigued and hungry. Just try to make sure that you eat complex carbs, such as multigrain bread and brown rice.
Keep in mind that fruits and vegetables are also carbs and you can generally eat as many as you want, unless you start juicing, in which case you might end up with a sugar surfeit. Eating fruits and veggies will also ensure that you get a number of vitamins and minerals, which can help prevent injuries or help you get over them faster.