As far as weight loss is concerned there really are no 'right' and 'wrong' foods. Ultimately weight loss will come from an energy deficit. How are you measuring your calorie intake?
If you are satisfied that you've got your diet under control (in terms of energy intake rather than the nitty gritty of actual foodstuffs) then the other thing to look at is activity.
What sort of mileage are you doing? A lot of people over-estimate the energy expended through running, so it may be that you're not actually expending as many calories as you think you are. Also, with regular training the body becomes more efficient at using energy, so there can be a plateau in weight-loss.
Are you doing any other sort of exercise? What are your runs like? Steady state, interval, tempo, etc.? Mixing things up a bit can kick start weight loss as you make new demands of your body. Include different types of running sessions, or some other sort of exercise - swimming, climbing, cycling, water polo - anything that gets you active
The first thing I advise my patients regarding weight loss is to keep a food diary, or even better - a food and activity diary. Be completely honest and put as much detail in as you can - it's nigh on impossible to keep track of what you're doing otherwise, and to objectively assess things based on memory. Seeing them written down it's much easier to spot opportunities for improvement
Weight-loss in itself can improve running performance (by virtue of being lighter!), but you also need to look at how you're training and what your nutrition is like.
+1 for everything that Bookie said.
Talking from experience - having a food/activity diary really brought home to me some of my weaknesses. I had to go to a dietician for food allergy tests and they wanted a full spectrum of analysis as to what I was eating/drinking/doing and when. My biggest weakness is snacking in the afternoon - i'm a sucker for carrot sticks and a banana! I didnt realise how much I snacked until I saw it on paper and once I had changed my eating habits (5 small meals against 3 big ones) it made all of the difference to me.
Good luck with your challenge
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