Interesting new thought
Twice this week now I have heard and read a new concept (new to me). You have to train your body to burn fat on long runs. Most training plans out there encourage to you to carb load to some extent before long runs and races and then feed your body every 45 minutes with some sort of sugar/carb to keep it going. This seemed like a valid idea and one that I have been doing for the past 5 weeks. It has always bothered me a little because ingesting 100-150 calories of sugar a couple of times on a long run just did not coincide with my other goal of losing weight. Also, the gels do not always sit really well in my stomach. Since I am trying to eat a more natural and cleaner diet it just didn’t feel right.
I decided that I was going to focus on the running and do what I had to do to improve my runs – which meant taking in these extra calories. Since I have still been losing a pound a week I was not too worried. I would like to lose faster, but I am also getting faster so I cannot complain. I still feel like there is something more I can do….
Enter this new thought. I listened to a podcast the other day where the person being interviewed stated that most runners consume too many carbs during their running and their bodies just burn that sugar rather than looking to burn fat. Makes sense. He said a lot of things that made sense (I will have to go back and figure out who he is).
Today I go to one of my favorite blogs No Meat Athlete and see that he (Matt) has blogged about the very same thing! How odd is it that twice in one week I hear something I never knew before. He introduced me to Stu Mittleman, a man who ran 1,ooo miles in less than 12 days. He contends that when we train our bodies to burn fat rather than sugar we can tap in to an endless supply of energy. I have a lot of fat so I should have a LOT of energy!!!
Stu has a book that I am obviously now compelled to order! I cannot pass up another book! I think he is really focused on whole, natural foods, just like the Thrive Diet that I have been dabbling with for a couple of months. I really think these guys are on to something and I need to get on the bandwagon, too.
Matt posted a quote that I am assuming is from Stu Mittleman that I really like and also made me think:
“Focus on results and you won’t change. Focus on change and you’ll get results.”
Change is where it is at.
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