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Louise Damen
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How can I lose weight sensibly?

If you are looking to lose a little bit of weight then you need to approach this with caution. Losing weight too quickly and/or restricting your calorie intake too much whilst continuing to train is a sure road to illness, injury and underperformance.

You should aim to tailor your nutrition to your level of training. The higher the intensity of your training, the more important it is to ensure that carbohydrate is available as the main fuel source. Without adequate carbs you will most likely feel tired and sluggish and will be unable to run at the higher intensities that will promote gains in fitness and weight loss. On days when you don’t run however or your run is short and at a low intensity, go easier on the carbs and increase your protein intake.

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