The Big Question?

To Snack or Not to Snack?

I regularly keep fit but also even thou i exercise i still need to keep an eye on my weight as it so easy when you have exercised to hit the chocolate and crisps to fill back up on the burnt calories.

Since the lockdown i have gone back to running and it is great way to burn calories as running burns more calories per hour than any other activity like swimming or cycling. Even thou running burns more calories, you still need to keep an eye on your calorie intake if you are looking to drop a few pounds.

One hour of running burns around 600 calories, so if you are running say three times a week at about 30 minutes you are looking at 900 calories a week, when you look at it that may sound a lot but it isn’t a days calorie intake. If you are looking to lose weight you need to be reducing your intake of calories by around 300 to 500 a day.

So how do you reduce your calorie intake, but still have enough energy to run and burn off more? The way i have found works best is eating differently on the days that you are running and on the days you don’t run by changing your snacking habits. For example on your run days at lunch or after work, what ever time it is when you run have a snack at around 150 to 200 calories an hour to two hours before you run. Try a couple of oat cakes with almond butter or a handful of dry fruit and nut mix, or maybe an energy bar made from natural ingredients like dates.

When it comes to the days that you don’t run eat three meals a day with no snacks. When it comes to the three meals make sure they contain protein like meat, fish, eggs, yogurt, nuts or seeds so that you feel fuller for longer, and eat smaller portions of starchy or sugary foods than you might on a run day.

Thank you for reading my The Big Question and I hope this has given you and idea about how many calories we burn and what you can eat to help lose weight if that is your plan.

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Funky xx

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