Most of the time, we get too focused on what kind of diet to put in our mouths, while we put on that running shoes and go for a run.
However, if you are showing less than spectacular results, then it’s probably the mistakes that you don’t know that’s causing the “sluggish” progress.
To help you with that, this article is going to enumerate 3 of the most common bad habits of runners.
Common Mistake: You take an effort to run during the day. While you are at it, you tend to suppress you eating in an effort to maximize on the losing weight department. Then the evening comes, all hell breaks loose.
Since you’ve been running the entire day and holding off your food, your will eventually succumb during the night and you start devouring anything on sight. Here’s a suggestion on how you can correct this bad habit.
Solution: To break the cycle, it’s important that you incorporate pre-run and post-run meals. This will prevent you from becoming a food zombie in the later times of the day.
During dinner, incorporate appetite-satisfying foods such as string cheese, apples or nuts. Eat a balance dinner and eat slowly. If you still feel hungry after a balance dinner, take a couple of bites and wait 15 minutes.
If you still feel hungry after the 15 minutes, repeat the process. This is because there is a delay when your stomach is full and the time it registers in your brain that you are full.
Energy Bars Frenzy
Common Mistake: Well, first of all, energy bars are not really bad. Energy bars serve a purpose. The problem with energy bars is that runners view them as a “healthy” snack and tend to eat too much of it.
This becomes problematic as each energy bar may go as high as 300 calories. This means that all your hard work is going down the train if you eat too much of these energy bars.
Solution: You can break this love affair with energy bars by eating one in times that you truly need it; like before or after a hard run. Also, when choosing an energy bar, choose the one consist less than 10 grams of sugar for every 150 calories.
If you have the option, whole foods are a lot better; like snack-sized servings of almonds or a banana.
Common Mistake: it’s no secret for runners that carbs is the way to go for fueling the body. That’s why runners tend to be big on crackers, cereals and pasta. The mistake part is when you only consume all carbs.
Eating carbs alone isn’t going to be efficient. Your body isn’t really optimized to digest all the carbs that you eat.
Solution: What you need are high-fiber foods, fruits and veggies as these kinds of foods are the ones that help your body get the most of the carbs that you eat. At the very least, your plate should consist half carbs and half helper foods.
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