Our expert says:
Your present BMI = 26,8 which is slightly above the upper level of normal, but if you have developed a great deal of muscle tissue by doing all this running, then this is not to say that you are actually overweight. As you near your ideal weight, weight loss does slow down. I would recommend that you keep up the exercise and stick to your diet, BUT please add some form of calcium to your daily intake (at least 2 cups of fat-free milk or yoghurt) to ensure that you consume at least 800 mg of calcium a day otherwise you are going to develop a calcium deficiency which will impede your running. You do realise that all the top athletes use a very high carbohydrate diet to fuel their exercise and replenish their liver and muscle glycogen after strenuous exercise and they are all very thin! The idea that an athlete should cut down on carbs is not a good one at all. Luckily you are getting some carbs from the fruit and vegetables you eat otherwise you would not be able to run 40 km per week. Carbs only supply 16 kJ per gram compared to 37 kJ per gram for fat, so it is more sensible to eat low-fat carbs and cut down on fat than to starve your body of fuel. Click on 'Fitness' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' and read the articles on carbohydrates, protein and carbo-loading.
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