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carlossalsa8
01-14-2004, 05:28 PM
I have heard that when you run all the energy being burned comes from the carbs. Why carbs and not proteins? How many grams of carbs should I eat a day, since I run a lot? I am also trying to lose 5 pounds, don't carbs make you get fat? I know I need carbs, but just asking.

Saint Patrick
01-14-2004, 06:19 PM
ugh....where to start....




Aww screw it. Do a search.

drew
01-14-2004, 07:17 PM
What kind of running? Sprinting? Middle distance? Long distance? Marathons? Hurdles? DO you jump? Etc etc etc.

carlossalsa8
01-15-2004, 11:58 AM
sprinting, middle and long distance.

Stray
01-15-2004, 12:43 PM
" am also trying to lose 5 pounds, don't carbs make you get fat?"

No, excess calories make you fat.

raniali
01-15-2004, 05:20 PM
sprinting, middle and long distance.


your caloric and energy needs differ for each of these types of runs. distance/marathon runners eat differently than sprinters. do you have a coach?

raniali
01-15-2004, 05:22 PM
sprinting, middle and long distance.


your caloric and energy needs differ for each of these types of runs. distance/marathon runners eat differently than sprinters. do you have a coach?

drew
01-16-2004, 06:33 PM
If you're doing all 3, I'm guessing 5K is your longest race, which technically would be middle distance. I would try to get 30% of cals from carbs, 40%from protein and 30% from fat.

Manveet
01-16-2004, 07:04 PM
You're body's primary source of fuel is glucose, which is a monomer of a carbohydrate molecule.

carlossalsa8
01-17-2004, 12:28 PM
I do have a coach but he doesn't really know anything about nutrition. I also play soccer, so I kind of do double exercise. I have a little fat still to lose,cuz I don't really want to have that much fat around my six pac. Anyways, thanks for your help guys. I thought that I should eat more carbs since I run a lot, but I know carbs make you get fat. I am still a little confused but thanks anyways.

raniali
01-17-2004, 02:44 PM
more carbs don't make you fat, excess cals do.

Thunderstorm
01-17-2004, 05:51 PM
Go to www.letsrun.com and ask there. World class runners hang out there and the knowledge there is mind boggling.