Originally Posted by dallas02GT
Oh, I was also told to cut the long distance running!
2-3 miles isn't long distance.
That's "short distance" Anything over 10 miles is long distance for me, everyone will be different. As a general rule, running will burn about 100 calories per mile.
What it comes down to is what works for you. Doesn't matter if you are "working out wrong" or "eating wrong" if it works for you. Read, ask question and see what works for you.
Bottom line, without the hype and marketing...
If calorie intake < calories expended -> weight loss
If calorie intake > calories expended -> weight gain
If calorie intake = calories expended -> weight stable
As far as peanut butter... again to each his own. I eat the hell out of peanut butter and I don't have a weight problem. Well, I do, its keeping weight on due to the amount of endurance training I typically do. In season, I can burn upwards to 3500 calories a day with about 15-20 hours of working out a week (around 10-12 hours of that comes on the weekends)
When in season my main stay diet is 60-65% carbs, 20-25% fats, 15-20% protein on a 3500 calorie a day diet. Of the fats only about 10% come from saturated fats (cheese, meat, milk, cream, etc.)
When out of season/base building (typically two month) my main stay diet 60-65% carbs, 15-20% fats, 20-25% protein.
The link below is Clarence Bass, a man that made his money carrying 2.4% body weight while scarfing peanut butter every day.
Here is a good way to remember good fat vs. bad fat:
Good fat (mono/poly unsaturated fats) : liquid at room temperature and come from plant sources (avocados, canola, olive, safflower, nuts, etc.)
Bad fat (Saturated fats): animal sources -> cheese, lard, butter, meat fats, cream.
Above all, do something fun and make it a lifestyle. For me that is swimming, biking (road and mountain) and running with a little weight lifting thrown in. If you fall off the bandwagon on your diet or exercise, just right back on and move forward. Just because you ate an entire cheesecake on Sunday doesn't mean you "ruined" your diet (which I've been known to do on a Sunday)
My favorite Saturday routines when I'm not rehabbing an injury:
1. 18-20 mile run
2. 100 mile bike ride
3. 56 mile bike ride / 13 mile run
(swim each day, 3000-4500 meters)
Pretty much doesn't matter what the hell I eat on the weekends...