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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyK View Post


    • Will gaining weight make me slower?

    YES, Definitely.
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    "The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyK View Post


    Will gaining weight make me slower?

    Not necessarily. If the weight you gain is muscle you might be stronger and faster. One of the problems with BMI is that it doesn't distinguish between fat and muscle; muscle weighs more, that's why a lot of very fit people in sports like rugby have a BMI score that is in the obese category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AmyK View Post


    Will gaining weight make me slower?

    Not necessarily. If the weight you gain is muscle you might be stronger and faster. One of the problems with BMI is that it doesn't distinguish between fat and muscle; muscle weighs more, that's why a lot of very fit people in sports like rugby have a BMI score that is in the obese category.
    but those rugby players in the obese category are not likely to be fast at fell running, presumably

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyK View Post
    Just wanted some opinions really.

    At the moment if I calculate my BMI I come up as underweight (it's 17.5). I am pretty skinny but eat what I think is a healthy diet and my mum and sister are a similar size, and don't think I look unhealthy. However, the NHS website seems to think I need to worry about it and I was wondering whether anyone's got any advice. Should I be trying to gain the extra half a stone to hit a 'healthy' weight and if so...

    • What do I eat to gain weight healthily whilst also running 3 times a week (I guess I'm averaging about 20 miles a week at the moment)?
    • Will gaining weight make me slower? - I feel like being little means I've got less to lug uphill, and less to bang down through my knees coming down, but this is probably psychological.
    • Will not gaining weight make me injury prone? Have read that underweight female runners are specially prone to stress fractures.


    I'd like to be able to run as far and fast as my body's able. It's also not impossible that I'll be thinking about kids in the not-too-distant future and I wonder whether pregnancy might take less out of me if I've a bit more meat on my bones.
    it's a good question but isn't it primarily a question for medical/health professionals together with nutritional and/or sports-nutritional health expertise? if it's something you're concerned about from the medical side of things then put that before anyone's views on what makes you faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyK View Post
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    And gin not beer, which is probably less wonderful, and will of course stop before I start properly thinking about babies (I quite fancy doing some longer runs first; am still new to it all!)
    well if you choose Hendricks gin you can serve it with cucumber (as intended) and get one of your five a day at the same time!

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    Keeping eye on your menstral cycle would be just as if not more important re making sure you are not over doing it/under eating - if this starts to become irregualr/non existent then you should seek advice

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    Normally My BMI is 23 but when I calculated BMI after work out it somewhat betweet 20 and 21.
    The site which I used to calculate BMI is https://howtocalculatebmi.online

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