As a daily jogger, avoid these common nutritional mistakes many others make.
Recently, there was an article written in a popular fitness magazine about a jogger who gained an extra 30 pounds even though he jogged regularly. After he discovered what he was doing wrong and made a few changes, he began to drop the 30 pounds and then some. The following information contains 8 mistakes that some joggers make that can cause weight gain.
MISTAKE #1: Waiting too long to eat breakfast.
Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast. Try eating within the two hour window after waking up in the morning.
MISTAKE #2: Allowing yourself to get hungry in between meals.
Avoid getting hungry throughout the day. Make sure you eat a meal every four hours. This will help you to fuel up during your jog.
MISTAKE #3: Not including the right food categories.
When you eat, make sure you include fruits, vegetables, breads, grains, fish, lean meats, nuts and low-fat dairy. Your grains and breads should be the substance of every meal. Make sure you include plenty of protein as well.
MISTAKE #4: Indulging in fast food.
Fast food is a killer, even if you jog on a regular basis. However, if you do eat at a fast food restaurant, make sure you eat in moderation and make healthy choices. Avoid any kind of food that’s fried. Make sure you ask to see the nutritional information.
MISTAKE #5: Eating and consuming too many energy bars and sports drinks.
Many people ignore the fact that the calories in many sports drinks and energy bars add up. Make sure you keep an account of how much you’re consuming.
MISTAKE #6: Substituting water for high calorie sports drinks.
If you’ve noticed weight gain lately, it may not be what you’re eating–it could be what you’re drinking. Many people are unaware that popular sports drinks contain a lot of calories. Remember, many calories in sports drinks can add up, especially if you drink a lot. Try drinking water instead; it’ll help you lose weight and keep you well hydrated.
MISTAKE #7: Eating too many processed foods.
Jogging is a great way to burn calories but eating too many processed foods can cause weight to creep back onto your body. Reduce the amount of processed meats that you eat and opt for more whole grains, vegetables and fruits in your diet.
Weight Loss Tip: If you eat 100 calories less each day you can actually lose up to 10 pounds of body fat annually.