Still not convinced that the dogma “eat less, run more” is outdated? Well, here is more anecdotal evidence that it just doesn’t work.
A few women laced up their shoes and started marathon training in belief that it would help them lose weight. To their surprise, the complete opposite happened… they gained a lot of weight, while running for hours per day.
It’s a clear illustration of the fact that you can’t outrun a bad diet. But how is it possible to actually gain weight?
Unfortunately, the recommended diet for athletes is often atrocious. Even the article above keeps it up, with a few old and very, very bad pieces of advice near the end:
- Eat carbs before exercise,
- eat more carbs right after exercise,
- and don’t forget to eat some “runner candy” while you exercise.
I suspect that’s precisely how these women ended up gaining weight in the first place. This obsession with eating carbs all the time – even when we’re not hungry – is likely exactly the wrong advice. Unless you do want to gain weight.
Exercise is good, of course. But it’s not a reason to constantly eat bad carbs. There’s a better way (check videos below).