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Jogging and food: advise needed

Can anyone help me with a couple of queries?

Firstly how long after eating an evening meal should you wait before jogging?

I have problems with wheat so tend not to have pasta but have seen a few posts on here suggesting pasta is good for fuel...what about rice, quinoa, oats?

Lastly, is it sensible to cut down on food whilst doing this if you are also trying to lose some weight or should you keep up the normal food intake and assume as I am doing more, I will gradually lose some weight anyway?


Just about to start week 8, and am a stupidly slow jogger

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It depends partly on how much you're eating for your meal, but usually 1-2 hours after eating is recommended. At the level of this programme, you don't need to eat anything special; a healthy, balanced diet will give you all the energy you need without any need to take on extra carbs.

Whether to cut down on food depends partly on the amount you're eating normally... Just make sure that if you're trying to lose weight you don't 'over-treat' yourself. Walking or running a mile will burn around 100 calories, so as long as you don't overeat generally, then you should start to lose weight gradually. :)


I need to leave about 3 hours after eating before I run, otherwise I start to feel like I'm going to throw up whilst I'm running. :-(


I found this article useful for info on running and weightloss.


Apparently to lose a pound you have to burn 3500 calories so that is quite a lot of running! I've been doing a weight loss programme at the same time as c25k and have found it has worked well. I've managed to get down to the weight I was before I had my children for the first time in 5 years. I have used weight watchers online but I have seen quite a few people say that they have used My Fitness Pal (a free site) successfully.


Wow, that is a lot of calories...ok, the weight loss thing will have to wait then!

I am jogging in the morning as I too find I can't do much exercise after food, so thanks for that Julieg21, I was wondering if it was just me.


I've lost three stone on the 5:2 eating plan and always run on my fasting days, so an empty stomach. If I eat before I run I feel really sluggish.


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