Weight Gain and Marathon Training: Watch Your Caloric Intake

Jason KIlderry, Running Editor

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So you took on a marathon or long distance triathlon to lose weight. Initially, you lose some weight, but in the end you are either the same weight, gained weight, or only lost a few pounds. How is this possible after you have run all of these miles? It’s actually very simple. When athletes swim, bike, and run at an easy conversational pace, they actually don’t burn as many calories as they think. Many athletes will then indulge with cheeseburgers, beer, and ice cream after one of these long workouts. Unfortunately, the calories burned during that run, swim, or bike often do not exceed the calories consumed in one of these “I earned it” meals. Therefore, this does not lead to weight loss, but weight gain. In most cases, but not all, it is really that simple. If the goal of your training is to lose weight, the way you fuel your body has to reflect that goal. Be aware of your calories expended and consumed. Also, don’t be scared to add some intensity and strength training into your routine as well! Depending on the exercise prescription, more intense training and strength training will burn more calories and have many other positive healthy and performance benefits!


Jason KilderryJason Kilderry, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-CSCS, USA Level 1 Track and Field Coach, holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from AT Still University and bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. Jason is the owner of ETA Coach and Cythera Health. He comes highly recommended by his athletes for his help in improving their performance, health, and wellness. Jason coaches athletes who range in ability from newbies taking on their first race, to many who have qualified for various championships the Olympic Trials, Boston Marathon, New Jersey High School Meet of Champions, Ironman World Championships, Half Ironman World Championships, and the USA Triathlon National Championships. Think critically, question often, and train smart. www.etacoach.com
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