Hi, I am starting out training as a beginner for the Great South Run in October. I am doing it as fundraising but also to help lose weight. Can you recommend some good foods I can eat to help give me the energy but not to put on weight? I am a vegetarian (no fish also) who is very prone to weight gain.
A great source of protein and carbohydrate for energy levels are lentils, chick peas, kidney, pinto and black-eyed beans. Try using them in curries or as hot or cold salads mixed with olive oil, lemon juice and coriander -tasty! You could consider a vegetarian protein supplement if you are struggling to get enough protein from your diet.
Good luck with the training,
Emma Wight-Boycott MSc Nutr (2009), PGDip Nutr, PGcACNEM, Dip. Sc Nutr