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Limiting carbs

ERrOR #1

SCHOOLGIRL ERRORS

THE LESsON

The importance of carbohydrates in a runner’s diet.

THE TEACHER

Renee McGregor – performance and clinical dietician.

If you’re trying to lose weight alongside running, you might also be following a low-carbohydrate diet. And, given the popularity of such diets and the bad press carbs seem to get as a result, it’s easy to understand why. But when put under the microscope, and into context, much of what we hear about carbohydrates and weight gain is unfounded. “The reason why carbohydrates get bad press is because if you look at the average person, before they’ve had normal intervention, they’re probably consuming 350g of carbohydrates a day, without thinking about it,” explains performance and clinical dietician Renee McGregor. “If they’re then not being physically active, consuming any excess calories will help them be overweight.

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