When training for a race, we log so many hours running, lifting weights, stretching, and recovering. But are we actually getting the full benefit of all that hard work? It’s so easy as runners to think, “I’m burning all these calories so it doesn’t really make a difference what I eat.” And while some runners do lose weight while training without making any dietary changes, what we eat can impact so much more than our weight. Let’s talk about a few ways excessive sugar can be detrimental to your training and how to get back in control of sugar intake.
So what are some ways that sugar is especially tough on runners?
In order to get the most out of those long, hard miles you put in while training for a race, it’s critical to manage the amount of sugar you consume. But in today’s society it can be really tricky: sugar is in EVERYTHING. This picture below shows the average daily sugar consumption by an American in 1821 (left) vs today (right). That’s a staggering difference, right?
If you want to learn more about how sugar impacts us, and take some active steps to get on top of your sugar consumption, I suggest you check out my next RESTART Class: part nutrition education, part community support group, with a three-week sugar detox built in. It’s a great tool for runners before you really start ramping up mileage for summer races. Doing a sugar detox like this is a great first step kicking the sugar addiction so many of us struggle with, and getting back in control.
Interested in reading more about sugar? Check out these posts on how much sugar is healthy to eat and why natural sweeteners are better than refined and artificial ones.
Barb Skinner is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who loves coaching runners with busy schedules to eat a diet that helps them race faster and have consistent energy while training. She is a runner and triathlete and has competed in several marathons and Half IronMan triathlons. She offers customized nutrition plans and group sugar detoxes – learn more at www.liveandeatnutrition.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.