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Howdy, Stranger! It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons! Sign In Register. Categories April in General running. Has anyone else read this book? This way our bodies will be trained to burn fat for fuel and in events such as the marathon people wouldn't be hitting the wall at mile 18 - I am finding it hard to stick to his 'diet' as I do like my carbs!
I am trying unsuccessfully to lose weight and this book says that if you do cut your carbs and replace them with greens and oily fish, nuts and small amounts of fruit your body will learn to rely more on its fat stores for energy rather than the sports drink, jaffa cakes, joosters etc What do you think?
April Haven't heard of it TT, but it sounds too Atkins-ish for me see other threads. Balance in everything is healthiest in my book. Glenn says: you cannot train your body to burn fat. Happy to be shot down by anyone with a scientific research study to back up their viewpoint. Is that you? Don Minquez. I agree with Glenn. Yes, the real me Glenn. I don't think it is like Atkins - he doesn't advise high protein.
He also advises against saturated fat - having more of a vegetarian diet but he does eat fish Basically he lives on salad, spinach, olive oil, garlic and fish - he advises this for every meal including breakfast! His book is good though. Fish and garlic for breakfast - mmmmmm Sounds like it could be a welcome antidote to the misguided fat-phobia that often seems to creep into sports nutrition advice.
We need our carbs - but follow the advice of the Peta Bees and Liz Applegates of this world to the letter and see what happens to the condition of your skin and hair! Personally, I've noticed a big improvement to my training this year which may be partly diet-related. When I was training intensively for last year's FLM, and again for some autumn races, I concentrated on carbs and found that I was eating huge amounts 3, calories a day when my training peaked at just over 30 miles a week , always hungry, and craving sweets in particular.
On both occasions I ended up overtrained and injured. I didn't gain weight; I'm not insulin-resistant, so the extra calories were just wasted and I melted away. This time round, I've consciously tried to include more protein and fat not necessarily always "good" fat, either - I am very fond of butter, cheese and red meat , I've lost some weight but a lot less, I'm comfortable on around 2, calories a day and that's despite having got up to over 40 miles a week plus cross-training.
The only exception was when I tried a vegan diet for the first week of Lent. I went into "hungry and melting away" mode very quickly. It is far closer to our normal family diet at home too, so I need to think about it less. It does irritate me when respected publications including RW advise runners to eat low-fat this and high-fibre that and non-foods like powdered egg white and blueberries not that I dislike blueberries and OK, I dare not take a pop at energy gels and isotonic drinks.
Wouldn't disagree with anything you wrote you'd only chew my face off - again :- but I still make the same point: you can't train the body to burn fat. What's the problem with blueberries? I'm intrigued! I find that I naturally stop craving these foods when I've eaten enough fat.
I totally agree with you about the low-fat paranoia, I'd say quality is a lot more important than quantity. You can, Glenn. That's what those mile training runs are for. However, you can't train the body to burn ONLY fat, or to use fat as the preferred source of instant fuel. Ratcatcher, blueberries are rather tasty, full of vitamin C, and They just seem to feature so prominently, along with nonfat egg white, bagels and skimmed milk powder, in the writings of the American female authors whose books on running I own that I regard them as a bit of a cartoon food.
Aaah, I see now! I thought the long runs increased the muscles' capacity to hold glycogen???? They do, Glenn, but even the best-trained, legs can't hold more than about 18 miles' worth of glycogen, and many runners will feel very heavy-limbed and uncomfortable with even that much glycogen plus its associated water.
Training the body to make a smooth and early transition to fat-burning before the glycogen runs out is another important component of endurance training. Recovery from long runs includes generating extra muscle cell mitochondria, which in turn makes the cumbersome process of generating ATP from fat a lot more efficient.
Marvellous thing, the adipocyte. If those deposits of stored energy on our bellies and thighs contained the same number of calories of glycogen as they do of fat, we'd be too heavy to walk, never mind run. Benzie - u got mail! Blueberries are only good when they are surrounded by muffin.
So would there be any virtue in running in a fasting state when glycogen stores are already depleted? Alan: unless my senility is setting in faster than I think Benz hasn't posted on this thread???? Er, yes, Glenn, if you don't mind conking out or getting injured. Some coaches still recommend running last thing at night, having no supper and no breakfast, and running again first thing in the morning, as a fat-burning strategy.
Most, thank goodness, do not. The problem is that the body's drive to maintain fat stores means that as soon as you eat again, guess what you replace? It would also be a very good way of temporarily raising your blood fat levels if you particularly wanted to increase your short-term risk of, say, a little heart attack. Nice life assurance scam if there was some way of benefiting from it personally Insurance companies are so on the ball about such things that I'll bet there is a specific exclusion clause somewhere in the small print.
I have read part of of the book and know that Stu Mittleman is a distance runner. I believe he was working on his phd when he heard about a tribe of Indians in Mexico that once a year ran 70 miles in a day just for fun. He went and learnt from them and came back and ran miles in 11 days. I am fairly certain he has run across America.
He also competes in ultramarathons etc, including 24 hour races. His diet that he espouses is part of his training. Indeed Sam - he's great and so is the book! Which part of his advice did you use? Think I tried it once, hated it and then didn't stick to the schedule for very long anyway. Sign In or Register to comment.
"Slow Burn" by Stu Mittleman
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Stu Mittleman doesn't do small things. The holder of the American record for miles and the six-day run, he recently became convinced something should be done to raise awareness about children's fitness--so he ran across the country, averaging 2 marathons a day for 57 days despite adverse weather, police encounters, financial headaches, crew mutinies, injury, and sleep deprivation. Now you can read about his training methods, diet recommendations, and life philosophies in his new book: Slow Burn. Mittleman's wide-ranging thoughts are based on running, but he doesn't provide a manual for conquering your own miler. Instead he offers a guide to dreaming big, accomplishing your goals, and getting in touch with your body. Whatever your take on his sports medicine and nutrition advice--which wanders quite far from the mainstream--his personal success using these regimens is compelling.
Slow Burn: Burn Fat Faster By Exercising Slower
Stu was introduced as the man who ran miles in 10 days. He is an ultra-endurance racer and shares his learnings in this book. I normally like to copy my highlights from the book in this section but this book was so compelling that at some point my note-copying became a copy-paste of the book. So I am going to focus on the key elements from the book and highly recommend reading the book instead. Our attitude toward what we think is possible determines what we do.
And Stu ran 1, miles in less than 12 days, so he should know! There are a few other positives, mostly the form of motivation. Lots of slow miles, a little bit of tempo running, and an interval workout here and there, all done with a heart monitor. But I was left wondering what to eat, if not sugar, during long runs. Nope, far stupider. So all in all, not a great book. Your email address will not be published.