Many runners start training because they want to lose weight. The good news is that, when it comes to losing weight, it’s hard to beat running alongside a smart eating plan.
After all, exercise is important, but what you put on your plate is even more so. “Just because you’re a runner doesn’t mean the sky’s the limit with calories, carb loading and happy hours,” says Lisa Dorfman, RD, aka The Running Nutritionist, author of Legally Lean.
If you still have doubts, Jason Machowsky, RD, CSCS, a board-certified sports dietitian and exercise physiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, reinforces: “Running is a great way to burn calories and build up cardiovascular function. However, if your goal is fat loss, nutrition is just as important.”
Follow these simple tips for running to lose weight: