• Loved your article! I am a Nutrition Manager (and runner…love my carbs!!)and the number one thing I find that ALL my clients struggle with is they do not eat enough! Even people who are overweight need to eat enough to keep their metabolism engaged and going too low on calories actually does the exact opposite…it slows your metabolism DOWN!

  • Great article – 1,200 calories is way way low! I can’t even imagine how lethargic I would be at that consumption. Can’t wait to check out that recipe later! Thanks!

  • Great article! As a distance runner I struggle with this often. I’ve read SO many articles saying 1500-1800 a day, then I try to figure it how much mileage I run, then I try to add in the extra cookies and 2 pounds I’d like to lose and before you know it I’ve lost track and end up eating whatever I want and feeling guilty. One of the reasons I LOVE your blog is bc I get a healthy idea of what a distance runner should be eating on a daily basis. Thank you!

  • Jen

    LOVE your article! I’m SO tired of “experts” saying women should be on a 1200 calorie diet. I’m training for an Ironman so I eat about 3000 a day. The thought of eating 8 almonds makes me laugh! Who are these women who can survive on 1200 calories?? I don’t know a single woman who is that sedentary.

  • LOVED your article about a runners diet. I would love to see a follow-up one about approx how many calories a runner SHOULD be eating to maintain and/or lose weight?

  • Sana

    I loved that article!…I too would love to see a follow-up article about maintenance calories when running/spinning is involved. I feel as if I don’t eat enough for running about 15 miles a week with a few spin classes but I also feel really full after what I do eat. Not sure if I should force feed myself to make up the extra calories. I’m sedentary for the rest of the day aside from that exercise so I’m really confused about the amount I need. Anyway, great article.

  • Julia

    I know this is a pretty old post at this point (love your blog, by the way — I’m catching up on 2 years of past posts as quickly as I can!), but I have to say, eating 1,200 calories a day can be enough *IF* one is female and trying to lose weight as quickly as is healthily possible.

    Between February and August 2010, I lost 35 pounds by running and eating 1200-1300 calories per day of quality whole foods. Mind you, I didn’t (and still don’t) run NEARLY as much as you do (more like 15-20 miles/week) and I was trying to lose weight also. Since reaching my goal weight I’ve seriously upped my calories to maintain, but I still don’t eat 2,000 a day. I would gain weight with my metabolism and level of exercise if I ate that much regularly.

    So, my point is, calorie intake is seriously personal/individual, depending on your height, weight, gender, metabolism, level of exercise, goals, etc. – so many variables! But, I wanted to offer living proof that sometimes 1,200 calories a day really is enough.

  • @Julia – Thanks for your insight! Fueling for running (and life in general!) is such a personal thing. Every body is different. I suppose I’m blessed with a fast metabolism at the moment (youth??), but I have a feeling I may need to re-evaluate my calorie needs when I’m no longer 26 and running 50-60 miles a week.

    Congrats on your weight loss!
    Megan 🙂