Question: I just recently started running around 10 miles per day and I am feeling great. I break up the run into two sessions: one in the morning and one in the evening. My appetite is enormous though and I am afraid I may be overeating. I am a very small build at 5ft 2 inches and even though I feel that I am in great shape, I am worried I may start gaining wait because of my diet that usually consists of around 3500 calories I am very muscular, a little over 100 pounds and 20 years old. Is my calorific intake too much? Answer:
10 miles a day is a considerable amount of training and as such your energy demands are going to be pretty high. It is therefore normal to have a good appetite. The average female requires approximately 2500 calories per day, so the extra 1000 you are taking on board is not unreasonable. However, I would advise you to take care with the types of food you are eating to ensure that they are not too high in fats, as this will encourage weight gain.
Another factor to consider is that muscle weighs more than fat so if you’re toning up as a result of your training this may account for changes in your weight. It’s probably more useful to get your Body Mass Index checked as opposed to weighing yourself, as this will give a more comprehensive breakdown of your body composition i.e. how much of you is fat versus muscle.
Hope this information is helpful.
Kind regards Angela Benjamin MSc MCSP SRP Chartered Physiotherapist