Salty Reader Diane asks:
Dear Spice Rack:
Do you know where I can find what caloric intake I need while training for my half, that will allow me to lose some pounds in the process. I don’t want to eat too little and be starving, yet would like to shed some excess weight. Thank you!!!
Diane’s question is actually one we hear all the time, and technically since weight loss is a calories-in vs. calories-out equation, you could just calculate your caloric expenditure and subtract some and think you’re doing great. (If you’re new to the world of counting calories I recommend taking a look at my post on caloric intake, where I go into the math of your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate.) While that might work okay for some people, one of the big takeaways I have from a wide variety of resources is that limiting your calorie intake while you’re training hard for a race is a TERRIBLE idea, and can prevent you from losing fat!
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