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How Do You Know If You Are Eating Enough?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 15, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM UTC
A heart-rate monitor and a computer connected to the Internet are two resources runners can use to determine if they are eating enough. Photo: Dynamicnutrition.blogspot.com

A heart-rate monitor and a computer connected to the Internet are two resources runners can use to determine if they are eating enough. Photo: Dynamicnutrition.blogspot.com

There are several Web resources that can help you answer the question.

A recent article posted on the Running Times Web site seeks to arm hungry runners with the right tools to determine if they are consuming enough calories. Author Jackie Dios writes the best way to find out is to use technology. There are numerous Web site that can assist runners.

My Pyramid TrackerMy Fitness PalLose It and My Plate – Livestrong.com are several examples of resources that can help identify if we’re close to meeting our daily nutritional goals,” Dios notes. “All of these tools have different advantages and disadvantages.”

What to do with this information depends on what the runner discovers using these tools.

“The food tracking systems may simply create an awareness of a lack in fruits and vegetables,” Dios writes. “However, you may determine you’re chronically low in carbohydrates, which is often an easy one to kick up a notch.”

Dios also suggests that runners occasionally wear a heart-rate monitor in order to justify why more calories are needed on specific workout days.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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