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Five Keys to Athletic Weight Loss

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Sep. 6, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM UTC
Runners have to walk a fine line between too little and too many calories if they're trying to lose weight. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Moderate Calorie Deficit

During a quick start you should aim to consume 300 to 500 fewer calories per day than your body would need to maintain its current weight. This deficit is sufficient to yield fairly quick weight loss, but it would be too large within the race-focused training process, when you need your diet to support heavy training for an upcoming race.

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