Hiya Sophie ,
5 runs a week is alot of excercise and 1200 calories a day is too little !
Your body is fearing " starvation mode "
I think you should take a little bit more.
Good luck x
You need to eat more. Funny isn't it... if you eat too little you don't lose weight because your body assumes its being starved so hangs on to every last gram of food.
If you're doing that much exercise you need at least 2000 calories a day just to stay the same weight. If you want to lose weight I would suggest around 1600-1700 calories a day. I also think you should forget the protein shakes and aim to get all of your calories from normal food. A good breakfast, some well chosen snacks (fruit, nuts etc), a healthy lunch and a dinner that includes protein, veg and carbs.
A very complex subject, you're not alone, even the proffesionals struggle to get their racing weight right.
Racing Weight is the book of the moment on weight / sport. It's a bit heavy going but does give some useful insight to what is going on.
Don't write off protein shakes just yet, they can have a place, particularly either, straight after exercise or before bed, protein aids muscle repair. You will find a lot of "recovery drinks" have an element of protein in them.
Your apitite is a good indicator of calorie need, trust it, and do as you are doing, by eating a variety of High Quality foods.
Well done on your progress so far.
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