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Darya, I totally agree with that notion and in fact lost over 40 lbs not counting calories. I did a lot of intermittent fasting. Granted lots of people are not going to do that. Most of what people think is hunger is not real hunger. However, a very large number of people have NO clue about how much they eat and how much they should eat to lose weight and even maintain weight loss.

The problem is that they are just eating too much too many calories to create a deficit needed. I was always skeptical of calorie counting since it seems a bit like nailing jello to a tree. However recently I got one of those nutritional data scales with a phone app on a sale and decided to give it a try. It works. I am very small and lean but I was able to drop 6 lbs of fat pretty easily doing that.

For those who are stuck it a rut it may help to shed those last 5 lbs. Sometimes it helps to get the mindful eating process in gear and really have some reality checks rather that deluding oneself into thinking they are eating less than they are. Totally agree. Thanks for the clarification. I even recommend in Foodist that people get a food scale and get realistic about how much they are actually eating. Thanks so much for the reference to Lift. It is a terrific resource which I doubt I would have found without your mention. This is a great article Darya — making conscious choices to change is a big part of the journey to creating healthy habits.

Going beyond the diet and taking things such as sleep patterns and exercise into consideration is a very important aspect of healthy weight management and is often overlooked. Thanks for sharing! I believe your suggestions only work for those who are pre-menopausal.

This changes as we age. I followed a low-carb diet for years thinking this would do the trick. For the record, I was never a junk-food junky. For 15 yrs I blamed myself for not trying hard enough — believing I ate too much. So I would starve myself. I would lose 3 lbs, and gain 5 back within a week. I am a woman who typically takes care of herself. I try to stay current with the latest health info. I exercise, eat clean animal protein and organics, take supplements, drink 2 qts of water daily, etc.

I always took pride in my appearance. I was slim and weighed lbs. Today I weigh Needless to say, while I have attained much wisdom over the years I am not so proud of my figure. Sixteen years is a very long time to battle with weight. She targets female genetic factors, particularly hormones, weight issues and the gut. For the first time in a long time, I look forward to seeing results. I live in France and wonder if this could mean a naturopath? Thank you so dearly for any insight from across the pond. That means my default is healthy eating, and things like sweets are a rare indulgence.

No willpower required. Make sense? Hi Darya. What kind of exercise do I have to do each day? Please reply. Working out very hard and trying to be disciplined are two ways to actually make it harder to lose weight. I recommend to stop worrying too much about what your friends think and focus on just being an active and healthy person. Try to walk 10, steps per day, do some harder exercises a few times a week, eat lots of vegetables and be careful with sugar and flour. Instead, think of how much stronger you are. This comment makes me crazy.

One pound is one pound. One pound of feathers equals one pound of rocks. But the feathers will be a much larger pile than the pile of rocks. I am close to my goal. I only want to lose 1 kilo. Could you possiby tell me What am i doing wrong. Also, I recommend eating foods in their natural state, simple foods, boiled eggs, fish, tons of vegetables, citrus fruits namely grapefruit, berries, cheat once a week, butter your vegetables, drink water and tea, yogurt for your gut bacteria, fermented food, BUT EAT.

Teach yourself how to eat good foods again and to heal your body and your gut with foods. I eat carefully and rarely eat junk. I wish the article included medical reasons. High hormone levels is rampant among young women. Thank you for this post! I write about healing from chronic diseases with nutrition. The chewing your food tip is the best. But we easily forget that. IN a hurry to wolf down our food we most times neglect that. Unchewed food is difficult to break down by the digestive juices in our stomach. Eating your food should be an elaborate ritual, not the mad dash that we have turned it into these days.

I find that a lot of my bad eating habits are due to boredom and wanting to chew on something. I was chewing a lot of gum, but Im sure thats not healthy either so I am going to try chewing cinnamon sticks. What is research on aging and weight. I teach nutrition. I eat whole unprocessed food. I cook. I have a regular exercise routine. I am even more careful now about portions and random calories. But I gained 10 pounds in the last year. For 10 years before, I was pretty stable and i was probably more out of shape than in the last 3 years.

I gained 5 in the last 3 months. I am now officially overweight. I am I made an appointment with my doctor to have myself checked out. But your thoughts on whether this is reasonable for age related weight gain? I have taken a lot of good notes from your tips here. I appreciate it a lot but. Chicken breasts marinated mainly with lemon and garlic. I genuinely would take a slice of watermelon over a bag of sweets.

I have a cup of chickpeas every other day not for any reason apart from I just love them. Do hiit sessions at least twice a week with 6 days of other exercise. How can I be sure to succeed here with weight loss. I have tried losing weight all summer. I stayed pretty much at all summer! I buy a a four-pack of twix, and split it with my son. Thank you for sharing this. It seems just like me since I always work and sit at one place. And I should start a better eating habit as well. I should have a journal for myself as well.

Your advice is absolutely helpful. Hello Darya, Great piece of information over here. Sleep deprivation is one of the main cause that you are not losing weight. Not getting enough sleep, less that 7 hours per night can reduce the benefits of diet. Lack sleep also pushes you in in the direction of food you know you should not eat. This information is so useful because I have cut back on calories but still not losing weight.

However,I have not been getting enough sleep lately. The most popular one is probably the Precision Xtra ketone meter. A quick guide to ketogenic diets. If you have type 1 diabetes , you should not follow the above advice on optimal ketosis — it may be risky. If you have ketones in your blood at all, you must be sure that your blood sugar levels are normal.

High blood sugar levels coupled with high blood ketones, on the other hand, will mean that you have a pathologically low level of insulin — something non-diabetics do not suffer from. This can lead to ketoacidosis — a potentially life-threatening condition. Coveting really high blood ketones for weight control is not worth the risk for people with type 1 diabetes.

Get your hormones checked. If this applies to you, it may be time to consider the possibility that hormonal imbalances are the cause of your troubles. There are three common problem areas:. Some people, most often women, can suffer decreased metabolism as a result of thyroid hormone deficiency — hypothyroidism. Common symptoms are:. In these cases, weight gain resulting from decreased metabolism usually does not exceed 15 pounds.

If the test comes back and everything looks good, your thyroid gland is probably fine. For a more exact diagnosis, you can ask them to measure the actual levels of thyroid hormones in the blood T3 and T4 , as sometimes these are low even if the TSH is within the fairly broad normal range. Some people feel better supplementing the already active T3 sometimes prepared from pig thyroid glands , as it can give a stronger effect than the T4 hormone, but its effect is often harder to control.

However, T3 replacement is popular among some functional medicine practitioners and naturopathic doctors. Women: Women can suffer from the endocrine disorder PCOS — polycystic ovarian syndrome — which elevates testosterone and insulin levels. This can mean weight gain and menstrual disorders very common , infertility, acne and male pattern hair growth such as facial hair.

A low-carbohydrate diet may help treat this condition. This often results in some weight gain, especially around the gut so-called central obesity. Men: From middle age and onwards, men usually experience gradually declining levels of the male sex hormone testosterone. This can lead to slight weight gain, also typically around the gut, and decreased muscle mass. Testosterone deficiency can be at least partially treated naturally by engaging in smart exercise routines and supplementing vitamin D. Women can use estrogen supplementation for menopause problems.

A better option might be to try to focus on a healthy lifestyle instead, and to be as happy and grateful as you can for the body you have.

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The final possible issue behind stubborn weight issues may be the main stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol will increase hunger levels, bringing along subsequent weight gain, especially around the midsection. In rare and extreme cases, you could be dealing with a specific kind of tumor that drives cortisol production. It sounds like a dream. Keep living like you already do, take a daily pill, and effortlessly lose your excess weight.

This is why weight-loss pills are a billion dollar industry. There are many drugs that result in a modest weight loss a few pounds on average , often at the expense of significant side effects. The internet is full of claims of magic supplements that can make you thin. This is true even if they were once mentioned on Dr. Any prescription-free supplements for sale that are not dangerous or illegal are likely to have a small or negligible effect on your weight. The effects tend to be relatively tiny though, even in studies funded by the companies selling the products. As they are only for short-term use they are not used for long-term weight control.

These drugs are not approved in the EU. These drugs have side effects like insomnia, heart palpitations and elevated blood pressure. Examples include:. We do not recommend them. This drug prevents the body from digesting fat in the intestines. Instead it just passes through you and ends up in the toilet… or worst case in your pants. Side effects include stomach cramping, gas, leaking oily stool and being unable to control bowel movements.

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This pill is not compatible with eating fat. You may want to forget about this drug. Many doctors already have. One candidate is called Qsymia. Qsymia is available in the US, but it got rejected in Europe where the side effects were judged worse than the benefits. Qsymia combines a tiny amount of the old phentermine see Appetite Suppressants above with a small dose of topiramate, an anti-seizure drug. The problem? Common side effects of topiramate include drowsiness, fatigue, depression, attention disturbance, memory impairment, cognitive disorder, impaired psychomotor skills i.

Basically, this drug slows down your brain, like alcohol or sedatives. Two more weight-control drugs were approved in the US in and are now available, Belviq and Contrave. Belvic has been rejected in Europe because of safety concerns. Contrave was recently approved under the name Mysimba. These two drugs work on different receptors in the brain to control appetite. The effect is modest — 6 to 8 pounds 2. There are ongoing safety concerns with both drugs and a definite risk of side effects for Contrave like nausea, constipation, headache, risk of suicidal thoughts and seizures.

And then there is only one more approved weight loss drug left. Fortunately this one actually shows some promise and can speed up weight loss significantly. This drug is an injected variant of a satiety hormone called GLP As a bonus this drug works fine while one is on the keto diet and it works even better with intermittent fasting — for a rapid weight loss with no hunger. This drug was initially used to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes — under the brand name Victoza — where it has the nice side effect of significant weight loss. This drug has recently been approved in both the US and in Europe for weight loss, under the name Saxenda.

There are many other similar GLP-1 drugs for treating diabetes type 2, but none of them have been carefully tested or approved for treating obesity yet. In both the US and in Europe another option is Victoza, which is the exact same drug at half the dose and half the price. Victoza is approved only for treating type 2 diabetes. These drugs all have side effects and none are very effective.

The downside to Saxenda is the very high price — insurance may only cover part of it — and the nausea that people often experience on it. Some people experience only minimal weight loss. Other people lose a lot more than the additional 12 pounds lost in a recent study — this is only an average. Finally, Saxenda only works as long as you use it. Once you stop, the weight tends to return.

Only you can decide. Most people who want to lose weight have more than 12 pounds to lose. It may be a helpful addition for some people, but the advice higher on the list is what can make the biggest difference, by far. Read success stories. Guide The most popular page on the internet to get started learning about low carb. Everything in one place. Success story Get inspired by hundreds of stories written by people that changed their lives for the better just by eating real food.

In recent years, researchers have found that chronic calorie restriction and dieting often fail to achieve sustainable weight loss:. Results from studies in obese people with high insulin levels hyperinsulinemia suggest that lowering insulin may promote weight loss and improved insulin sensitivity:. This has been shown in meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials — considered the strongest, most robust type of evidence — comparing low-carb diets to low-fat and other diets:.

PloS One Dietary intervention for overweight and obese adults: comparison of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets. The British Journal of Nutrition Effects of low-carbohydrate diets v. The British Journal of Nutrition Very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet v. Several studies have reported that calorie intake spontaneously decreases when very few carbs are consumed:.

In one small study, 10 obese adults with type 2 diabetes who followed a non-calorie-restricted very-low-carb diet ended up eating about 1, calories less, on average — even though they were permitted unrestricted intake of fat and protein foods:. Obesity Reviews Do ketogenic diets really suppress appetite? British Medical Journal Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance: randomized trial [moderate evidence].

Several studies have shown that lowering carbs reduces insulin levels in people who are overweight and have type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome:. Metabolism Comparison of a carbohydrate-free diet vs. A review of multiple high-quality studies has confirmed that following a very-low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet can significantly decrease appetite and promote natural weight loss:. Although some controversy remains, several recent systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials and large observational studies have failed to show a connection between saturated fat consumption and increased heart disease risk:.

Low-carb Mediterranean diets have been found highly effective for weight loss, as well as reducing heart disease risk factors and helping to resolve metabolic syndrome:. By far the most common sugar alcohol used in low-carb chocolate and candy is maltitol. Studies confirm that it has a high glycemic and insulin index and that a large portion is absorbed into the bloodstream:. Some research shows an association between eating a wide variety of different foods and abdominal weight gain, as well as greater diabetes risk:. That appears to be false:. British Medical Journal Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials [strong evidence].

How much weight do people lose on low carb? This is based on clinical experience. This depends to some extent on the type of fruit; for instance, berries are much lower in sugar than oranges, pineapple, bananas, and most other fruits. In addition to glucose, which raises blood sugar and insulin levels, fruit is high in fructose, which has been linked to obesity, diabetes and other diseases when consumed in excess:.

Although study results are inconsistent, frequent beer intake has been linked to excess abdominal fat, at least in men:. In this week study, women assigned to drink only water lost more weight than those who drank diet sodas for 12 weeks — even though both groups followed the same weight-loss plan throughout the study. A systematic review found that industry-sponsored reviews were much more positive about artificially sweetened beverages than non-industry-sponsored reviews, due to greater conflict of interest and research bias.

In several trials, people with type 2 diabetes have been able to discontinue or dramatically reduce their insulin dosage by eating a very-low-carb diet:. Journal of Affective Disorders Weight gain. A side-effect of tricyclic antidepressants. While the available evidence is not conclusive, studies indicate that progesterone-only birth control might result in a few kilos of weight gain, on average: Cochrane Database Systematic Review Progestin-only contraceptives: effects on weight. Combination contraceptives, containing both oestrogen and progesterone, do not appear to have a clear or major effect on body weight:.

Cochrane Database Systematic Review Combination contraceptives: effects on weight. Although low-lactose dairy products like cheese contain very few carbs, consuming them can raise blood insulin levels modestly. For example, researchers report that a calorie serving of cheese raises insulin more than eggs but less than beef and fish:. Several studies support the use of intermittent fasting for losing weight and providing other metabolic benefits, such as improved insulin sensitivity and lower insulin levels:.

Exercise is likely good for health and wellbeing in many ways. It also has some effect on weight loss — but probably a smaller effect than most people expect:. The American Journal of Medicine Isolated aerobic exercise and weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials [strong evidence for about kilos of weight loss].

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Exercise for overweight or obesity [strong evidence for about Exercise interventions might be a bit more effective for overweight and obese adolescents years of age :. Food for thought: Does the brain need carbs? In some cases, it can be sufficient for weight loss, though. In one study, people with type 2 diabetes who maintained light ketosis just below 0.

This is based on the clinical experience and research of low-carb practitioners. Diet Doctor will not benefit from your purchases. We do not show ads, use any affiliate links, sell products or take money from industry. In hypothyroidism, metabolic rate slows down, which can lead to weight gain of about 11 pounds 5 kg :.

A more recent study also reported excellent weight loss and other benefits of low-carb in women with PCOS:. This is based on the clinical experience. How to lose weight By Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD , medical review by Dr. Eighteen tips too many for you? Check out our popular video course with the five most important ones. Sign up! Disclaimer: In this weight-loss guide, we recommend a low-carb diet. The main potential danger regards medications, especially for diabetes, where doses may need to be adapted.

Discuss any changes in medication and relevant lifestyle changes with your doctor. Full disclaimer This guide is written for adults with health issues, including obesity, that could benefit from losing weight. Choose a low-carb diet If you want to lose weight, consider starting by avoiding sugar and starch like bread, pasta and potatoes.

Meal planner and hundreds of videos Get the full Diet Doctor experience with unlimited low-carb and keto meal plans, shopping lists and much more with a free membership trial. Low-carb video course Do you want to watch a high-quality minute video course on how to eat low-carb, high-fat keto? Top 10 ways to eat more fat Always eat enough , so that you feel satisfied, especially in the beginning of the weight-loss process.

Read more about why eating when hungry is smarter than counting calories Learn more about fuelling your body with fat. That may be a way to deceive you. Limit unnecessary snacking Unnecessary snacking can be a problem on a keto diet too. Here are three common traps to watch out for on a keto or low-carb diet: Dairy products such as cream and cheeses.

They work well in cooking, as they satisfy. Be careful with that. Or another common culprit: loads of heavy cream in the coffee, many times per day. A tip: According to science , salted nuts are harder to stop eating than unsalted nuts. Good to know. Another tip: Avoid bringing the entire bag to the couch, preferably choose a small bowl instead.

Low-carb baking. As a coach, I think it is more important to focus on recovery and ensure that your muscles have the nutrients they need to rebuild. The harder you train, the more often you will get hungry and the real secret is to refuel with nutrient dense and high quality foods. The numbers on the scale are arbitrary and focusing on them can be detrimental to your long-term progression. On average, a runner will burn calories per mile, but this will depend on your pace, size and metabolism.

Generally, the more you weigh, the harder your body will have to work to cover the distance, and the longer you have been running, the more efficient your body has become, meaning you burn less calories. Many runners following a marathon training schedule automatically assume they are going shed pounds with all the extra mileage they are putting in.

Primarily, hidden calories come in the form of sports drinks and energy gels, which have a high caloric content. If you are wondering how to lose weight while training for a marathon , keep this in mind:. Likewise, to sustain high levels of training and to complete long and arduous marathon workouts, you need to fuel during your training sessions with sports drinks and energy gels. However, this also means that the total number of calories you will burn from these long runs and hard workouts will be less than you might realize.

Again, for optimal performance and training progression, you need these extra calories. Sure, running burns more calories than any other form of exercise, but the scale should not be the primary metric by which you gauge your fitness level and training progression. Pay attention to how you feel — do you have more energy, feel stronger, starting to fit into your clothes better? While not absolute measurements, these emotions are a much more accurate measurement of your progression. Why simply running more and eating less won't help you lose weight and could actually lead to weight gain.

Why your weight fluctuates each day, why this is critical to understand when it comes to tracking your progress, and how to prevent it from happening. Learn the best way to distribute calories throughout your day when you understand the glycemic index and its importance to weight loss. Is this normal? Does the weight keep coming on or does it start to come off after a while? Yup, as the article states, this is pretty normal. Yep, totally normal.

But how was your diet during this time? The most important thing is to simply develop habits that address ALL aspects of health that contribute to your weight. Great points Leah. You are right on the marker; diet is just as important as the running we do…some would say more important to maintaining a healthy weight. Thanks for sharing your insights! I have a background of running competitively in high school as well as some in college, and I just love to run. The longer and harder the better. I started training for my first marathon a few months ago, it was a turning point for me because after freshman year of college I had really let myself go, something so many people do.

The thing I have a question about is that admittedly when I started a few months ago I wanted to lose weight, and on a calorie vegan diet I did, but I got quite the wake up call as my mileage increased. I count every calorie, log every food I eat and mile I run. But since eating more, and still keeping a deficit I have yet to lose any pounds.

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Any thoughts? Personally, I think your deficit is too much. When you are in such a deficit as you are, the metabolism slows down meaning you burn less and you start losing lean muscle mass, which helps burn calories. It sounds backwards, but I would actually start eating more keeping the foods healthy.


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These two articles might help:. I am in the same boat as the previous two posters. Three weeks ago I began counting calories and jogging to lose weight. I use myfitnesspal and I count every calorie, eating between a day, and I jog for at least 30 min. The last two Wednesdays i have run 5k, and I have been doing two days of weight training a week as well. I have gained a pound! It is so disconcerting, especially since I am dieting yet again after gaining 15 pounds in the last three months from getting a Depo shot. Desperate to slim down and have taken up running. Been eating really healthy and have ran 38k since Monday and now since Monday I have out on 5 pound.

Yes my clothes for better but how on earth have I out on 5 pounds!? After being injured I stop watching what I ate and gained 15 pounds. For about a month now I have been eating calories a day and running about 30 miles a week. The scale dropped about 6 pounds but sometimes shows 10 pounds since it fluctuates. I fluctuated 6 pounds in 2 days.

So weird, I expected to start losing weight and have to eat more to maintain. I seem to look about the same in the mirror… How long before my body adjusts to the new training and goes back to normal? You mentioned eating the right foods. Can you be more specific? I have only lost about 5 lbs. Weight loss is a secondary goal for me, however one that I would like to see more results with. Any advice? Thanks for the article. Recently I drank a large amount of water and gained 4kg as a result.

I need to lose water weight and more weight from m original weight. Thank you. The best way you can lose water weight without going about it in an unhealthy way, is to cut back on grains. Grains require a huge amount of water to be stored in your body… they just soak it up. This works for me every time I start to feel bloated.

When you need some carbs for running, eat a sweet potato or green banana or some plantains. No need to go low-carb… just go low-grains. I do this every day and have eliminated that constant feeling of bulkiness! Thanks for article. I lost about 12 lbs. And then it plateaued. Any pointers? I am a runner age 43 and Cooper VO2max places me in ballpark of However since last 4 years i have been running I see a tendency to quit and increase my walks more..

Is it normal.. Also i have seen that my weight affects my 5k times most.

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Dropping 5 pounds to will shift my 5k times.. Based on my personal experience, most estimates of caloric burning without a heart rate monitor are grossly exagerated. So the first advice I would give is to get one and get accurate estimates. Many people I know who complain about hitting a plateau do not have a progressive training plan, they get stuck in the same routine. The more you train, the harder you have to train to shake those extra pounds you want to.

Just make sure you do it very gradualy. Ideally, you shoud forget weight and focus on performance, improving your times, paces etc. Losing weight will happen. My main sport is cycling and I commute on bike and I started running to improve my cardio and lose weight. I can burn over kcal in a single 3h 60km MTB ride and my daily biking commute, wich is short 11km burns about kcal. In a litle over two months I lost 3kg almost 7 pounds and I was already average fit when I started running.

So fitting some new sports in your running schedule might also help. Cycling has the advantage of not being agressive on joints and muscles you need to run. Running is best to maintain a very strong cardio function and weight maintenance — I have been at the same weight for years and I enjoy some major junk food whereby people wonder how I can eat it without gaining. Since I often work 10 hour days, time management makes it better for me to do a 45 minute run than to get on the bike to achieve the same burn.

I have diabetes and I take psychiatric medication and I am 46 years old and I weight pound at 5 feet 3 inchs. I absolutely love running. Any tips? I know my weight will shoot up, but what about inches? Hello, I just started running about 2 weeks ago.. I do have a question though, I never know if I should before or after a run?

And should those snacks be right after I run?


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  6. Good article, but one thing is wrong: muscle does NOT weigh more than fat. It just takes up less space. Two people who weigh the same can appear very different if one of them is in good physical shape. They will appear to be thinner. The more miles you put on your legs, the stronger they will become.

    Great for your performance, but not for the scale since muscle tissue is roughly 20 percent heavier than fat. I run about meters 3 days a week. I read that you need to run fast to do carios. I ran really fast today and after a while, i didnt have energy to run anymore. How fast do I actually need to run? You need a mix of fast and slow running. Slow running to burn fat and build endurance, fast running burns more calories per minute. I have also started running since a brief pause of really low intensity running and some x-training mostly rope skipping.

    I noticed that my body looks much better and my face is melting, but I have actually gained a few pounds. However, my legs are getting really strong! I often run 10k now.. Great article. I do use a scale to chart progress on weight loss, but only very long-term. Any weight-loss run strategy for someone getting started the best advice from this article is to pay more attention to your energy levels, sense of wellness, and if your clothes begin to fit.

    I love running but I was looking to slim down. If you have any ideas please reply! Thank you! One correction to what is said in the article — muscle does weight more than fat, it takes up less space in your body. One pound of muscle and one pound of fat weigh the same — one pound. But you will look leaner with one pound of muscle on your bones than one pound of fat, because fat is less dense and takes up more room.

    But in the mirror, you will look leaner than before. I have been running for the past 3 years, ran a half in the spring and I am now training for my first marathon I am on week 5 with a total of miles per week. I have previously not eaten prior to any runs even long runs with exception of a granola bar before long runs.

    I recently tried eating a small meal prior to a long run and a granola bar throughout the run and found that it helped significantly. So I decided to continue to try eating a small meal toast with peanut butter and honey and a yogurt before my runs and feel it has helped curve my appetite throughout the rest of the day. Is this not a good idea? I was really upset and instead of returning them, I folded them up and put them on my dresser. I forced myself to learn to run despite the January freezing temperatures.

    I did not try those jeans on until April because I was terrified that they would not fit and I would get discouraged. Well, I put them on and they practically fell off. I have been dieting for about 5 months and lost 45 pounds. Now I am stuck at pounds for about a month now, I eat very healthy, Drink only water for the past 6 months and I run 7 miles a day. No bread, No pasta, No snacks and do not eat after 7 pm.

    Why am I not losing anymore weight? My average mile is I run an easy run around 10min and then a hard mile at min. Then repeat. I have been told to run much slower closer to a 12 min mile to lose weight. Is this true? I eat relatively clean, with a few cheat days, but for the most part pretty clean.