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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Run to lose weight?

It's not easy. I go out, run six miles and burn 600 calories. I come home and I'm really hungry. I eat some soup, a bowl of ice cream, some fruit, some raisin toast, a couple handfuls of candy, a glass of milk... I'm still hungry and I'm WAY over 600 calories.

OTOH, my waist size went from 31 to 35 in a few years just before I started running. After I started running my weight dropped from 162 to 154 and my waist down to 33. 11 years later my weight is back up to 160, but my waist is still 33.

I'm not seeing too many of my peers with 33 inch waists nowadays, and most of them seem to be constantly trying to watch what they eat. So SOMEthing is working. Maybe it's true that your metabolism stays high long after you've finished exercising?

Enough blogging, I'm hungry!


David Ray said...

Peanut butter. That's the answer.

Better living through peanut butter.

David Haddon said...

Ice cream and candy! Just because you burn most of that stuff up, you still may be subject to glycation. You know, the browning reaction that turns pancakes brown because the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of sugar per cup of flour. When heated, the sugar binds with the protein in the milk and there's the rub according to my alternative doc, David Williams. The proteins in your bloodstream can also bind with the high levels of sugar that high glycemic index foods cause and this stuff gunks up the works.

So David Ray may have the last laugh--if he uses natural peanut butter without the dextrose and modified oil. I consider peanut butter my candy.

Mark Swanson said...

Ice cream and candy? Sure- all things in moderation. Today I had some oatmeal raisin cookies. My intake of highly nutritious foods per day, based on total calories consumed, is a lot more than the average person. After awhile I figure I've got enough nutrition, I just want to replace some calories. Pass the sugar!

Argent said...

My father was a runner like you. And like you he ate the 'bad stuff' and I wouldn't really say he gained or lost much weight but he was fitter and i believe healthier overall. However when he stopped he gained plenty. More time to eat and drink hmm and not much exercise.

In the end he stopped because his knee fell apart, something that seems to happen to most of them eventually.

Mark Swanson said...

So far, when I have to stop running for awhile my appetite adjusts. I don't lose when I run, but don't gain when I stop either. And fortunately most runners don't develop knee problems, actually slightly fewer than the general population. It appears that all-in-all running neither prevents nor increases knee problems.