Im having the hardest time trying to maintain. im 5'2 and weight around 120
i run anywhere from 6.5-15 miles a day
the only days i don't run are sundays
so i average about 50-60 miles a week
also, i walk with my family after dinner for 1.8 miles three times a week. currently i am eating around 2000 and keep gaining.
Absolutely no possible way you are truly gaining real weight (not water weight) if you are only eating 2,000 calories and running up to 60 miles a week.
Not a chance.
There are only a couple of legitimate reasons available:
1) You have some sort of medical problem as yet unknown to you. You could see a doctor to have your thyroid checked.
2) You're way underestimating your calorie intake. I don't know whether you weigh or measure your food, but if you do and you're SURE you're only eating 2,000 calories a day, then refer to #1 above.
OP didnt specify if they are losing or gaining weight for maintenance...so I will post on both.
Are you gaining? I see you have a big jump in daily milage. I am assuming you do 4 days of the lower end of milage and one day medium long run and one day long run. Post long run your weight will go up for the next day or 2 because of water weight. Water goes to the damaged muscles to promote repair. After my long runs I can gain anywhere from 2-6 pounds of water weight depending on the weather that day and how hard I ran and how long I ran compared to what I ran earlier in the week.
Also you could be underestimating how many calories you are actually consuming, we are not perfect in this part so that is understandable.
Are you losing weight? Then simply cut back milage. If you are currently in training increase your calories, but do it in a healthy manner by balancing proteins, fats and carbs with the increase. Easiest thing you can do is to just add a nutritional drink post run.
Yes it is true that if aarfan is gaining weight after taking 2000 calories and running up to 60 miles a week it means may be there is problem of thyroid. This is the major factor which creates these problems.
Are you X-training? If you are lifting weights or doing some sort of endurance exercise your weight gain may be muscle gain.
Are you having a balanced diet? Some times runners tend to be too 'carb' generous. Unless you are preparing for a big race most of your cabs should come from fruits, veggies and whole/ raw grains.
Sometimes after a big weight loss our body needs to find balance. When I started loosing weight my goal was 118 ( way too low for my height- I'm 5'7") but I didn't know any better. When I reached my goal I looked terrible and unhealthy. I was overtraining and obsessing about it.
Today I weight 123 and I'm constantly watching not to go any lower. Simetimes when I'm training for a big race I need to 'force' my self to eat more to make up for cals.
My best advice is to trust your body. If its true that you are putting such a high mileage every week then I assume you are in awesome shape and you've been doing it for a while therefore you gotta know if something is wrong with your body or your training . Do you feel more tired in your runs? Have muscle aches??? Perhaps cut back in the miles for a while to see what happens.
Sorry for the long post:)
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