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If you're looking to run fast and maintain your feel-great weight, you've got to watch what you eat. That means paying close attention to the labels on packaged foods.
And reading food labels will benefit you beyond the waistline. It help you get more nutrition bang out of your food dollars. "I want to get the most for my money," registered dietitian Jenna Bell, Ph.D., co-author of Energy to Burn. "I look to see if a private label offers the same ingredients as a premium brand (that is if I think it tastes the same)." What's more, when you're training, food should be evaluated according to how it helps fuel your workouts and your recovery. "I base my label judgement on what I'm using the food for," she adds. For instance, for a pre-workout meal, she will judge a product based on its carb and protein content. For a recovery meal, she will make sure it has 10 to 20 grams of protein and carbohydrates to replenish spent glycogen stores and repair strained muscle tissue.
But it's not always easy to decipher what those labels mean, and whether they will help or hurt your running and weight-loss goals. Below are some helpful hints.