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We all know that to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. To gain weight, do the opposite.

The problem is that calorie counting is massively flawed

We are not eating or burning what we think we are.

So what are we supposed to do as runners? We’d like to make sure that we are fueling enough with the right kinds of foods–not too little and not too much

Today we’re going to explore the complications with counting calories. We’ll get into:

  • Why you are not really eating what you think you are
  • Why you are not burning what you think you are, and most importantly,
  • What we should do about it

If you’ve been confused about why you are not getting the results from your nutrition that you are aiming for, you’re about to find out why.

Welcome to the Planted Runner. I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.

If you need more help, you can order my book The Planted Runner: Running Your Best With Plant-Based Nutrition wherever you get books or request a copy from your local library. 

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Don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode for another Mental Strength Minute. Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I have learned so much since I started listening to this podcast. I have been improving every this year. I share your podcast with everyone in my Run group. this weekend, I will be running my first marathon, and I am the strongest I have ever felt. Thank you for teaching me how to improve my life and my running.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I’ve been listening to this podcast for about a year, typically when out marathon training. What I like about it is the range of subjects covered that I find relevant to marathon training, along with the occasional guests who give a bit more expert advice on certain topics. I’m an experienced (10+) marathoner but I find Claire’s podcasts have allowed me to tweak my plans (a memorable podcast on doing the ‘right’ type of speed training) or simply remind me of the things I already know but sometimes let slip. Thanks Claire!”

Si Ell 

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