Resistant Weight Loss for Runners - She Runs Eats Performs

Episode 20

Published on:

20th Aug 2020

Resistant Weight Loss for Runners

Resistant Weight Loss in Runners

This episode is for runners who are stuck when it comes to weight loss, for the people who are healthy eaters, and dedicated to their endurance running, but just feel that it doesn't matter what they do their weight doesn’t change. This is very frustrating!

We are going to explore the potential underlying reasons for being in this stuck position, how a functional nutrition approach can support positive changes in body composition, and what you can do with your running training to support your weight and your body composition goals.

Show Notes


Insights into the reasons why people may be experiencing resistant loss e.g. over/under eating healthy foods, underlying health conditions and biochemical imbalances, sub optimal run training or a combination of all of these factors.


How to approach managing body composition if you are an over eater of healthy food.


How to approach managing body composition if you are an under eater of healthy food.


How to calculate your RMR (resting metabolic rate) and activity factors using Harris Benedict Formula.


How biochemical imbalances might contribute to weight loss resistance.


How a functional nutrition approach can support positive changes in body composition e.g. inflammation, hormonal balance, digestion and also detoxification.


What steps Aileen takes when analyzing a client case.


An insight into potential toxic load and the impact on resistant weight loss.


A focus on supporting detoxification pathways.


What can runners consider to fine tune their run training to support optimal body composition.


The Key Take Aways for this episode are:

  • Know your Energy Requirements based on RMR and activity factors
  • Fuel adequately for your training runs and remember to add in pre/during/post food into your energy requirements/calorific requirements for the day
  • Adjust your food plan for endurance exercise and lighter days
  • Address “biochemical imbalances” – seek professional advice – we can help!
  • Adjust your run training and build lean muscle
  • We are all individuals, we don’t live in a sports science lab so we may not get the results some of the studies get, and also don’t focus on the scales – consider your changing shape, tone, tape measurements, fat: muscle mass, performance, energy, strength – be systematic, be consistent, layer on the practices – you will get the results

Related Episodes:

E11 – Nutrition Basics for ALL Runners

E12 – Run Lean Run Fast

E18 – Intermittent Fasting


The suggestions we make during this episode are for guidance and

advice only, and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your health, please contact

your healthcare professional for advice as soon as possible.

Aileen Smith and Karen Campbell met at as nutrition students (Institute for Optimum Nutrition, London) and became lifelong friends and nutritional buddies! Both have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living.

Together they host RUNNERS HEALTH HUB. A place for like-minded runners who are looking for simple ways to support running performance, energy, endurance, and general great health.

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About the Podcast

She Runs Eats Performs
for mid-life female runners of all abilities
Are you confused about the science around nutrition for runners? Listen in to learn about the WHY, HOW, WHAT, and WHEN of eating to fuel your running performance.

We are here to help you translate sports nutritional science, into easy to apply tips and plans, helping you enjoy peak running performance. We focus on the FEMALE FACTORS every mid-life woman needs to know to be a healthy runner.

About your host

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Aileen Smith

Nutritionists, Educators, Podcasters, Runners and Friends

We have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living. She Runs Eats Performs for female runners of all abilities who are looking for simple ways to improve their running performance and their health with nutrition and lifestyle.
We enjoy sharing our nutritional expertise, reviewing the latest sports science and most of all helping you to take easy action so you can enjoy your running life to the full.
We are here to help you achieve great health and good shape whilst staying injury-free with easy-to-understand sports nutritional concepts and easy-to-implement tips and plans.

Aileen and Karen are BANT and CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists.