Why are running magazines obsessed with bagels?

Generally I skim the nutrition articles in running magazines. Basically a calorie is a calorie, low calorie dense foods ( fresh veggies) fill you up more than high calorie dense foods(chocolate) and so long as you eat a varied diet, not too much of it you should be ok. I always think that the human body is clever enough to digest what you give it.
I have noticed though that bagels often get mentioned in a positive light. Why?
They say (who says?) ‘you are what you eat’. I’ve been tracking what I eat on ‘my fitness pal’ and I wondered if it was a coincidence that my intake of 40percent fat was similar to body fat percentage! So I’m trying to reduce my fat intake.
Hubby and I were partaking of an afternoon snack last week and I had to choose between a ‘festive bakewell’ and a bagel, so I had a look at the nutritional information.

To compare.
Festive bakewell. Bagel
Calories. 195. 240
Fat. 8.5g. 1.4g
Sugar. 16.4g. 8.4g
Satisfaction. Moreish could eat 2! Satisfying

So the bagel wins.
I also realised that I can reduce my daily fat intake by 20g ( recommended intake 40g total) by not having buttered toast for breakfast. So now I find I’m migrating towards a high carb diet, weighted towards calories and carbs in the morning, just like the running experts recommend. Has it made me run faster? Possibly. I’m definitely feeling stronger when I run. when I went to do my ‘speed’ session on the treadmill today I spent more time at the higher speed and managed an extra 430 m in my 30 minutes compared to 1month ago. It could be the training, it could be the food, it could be both but it’s definitely progress!


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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2 Responses to Why are running magazines obsessed with bagels?

  1. fitfor365 says:

    Progress is progresss! Have a good Christmas,

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