Tips: Healthy Weight Loss During Marathon Training

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Weight Loss Should Be Slow And Steady

While in the midst of marathon training, runners should aim at a more moderately paced weight loss of a half pound to one pound per week, which entails a 250-500 daily calorie restriction. While this doesn’t sound like much, over 16 weeks you will lose the equivalent of two to three shoeboxes of fat, which, according to researcher Paul Vanderburgh of the University of Dayton, will lead to a 10- to 15-minute faster marathon time and a lot less stress on the joints!

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