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I’ve been an avid mountain bike rider for 10 years and am also trying to take up running for cross-training. But I’m 40 pounds over my “ideal” weight per all the charts. I’ve been losing and regaining the same 5-10 pounds for months! I typically don’t eat more than 2,000 calories each day and bike or run 4-5 times a week — at least an hour each time. I’m blaming it on what I’m eating, but don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Where do I start? (By the way, I’ve also had thyroid disease for 12 years.)

Keep a food log to monitor exactly what you are eating. Be sure to include whole grains, fruits and vegetable; and limit such things as fats, sweets and soda. It may be difficult to get to your "ideal" body weight," because of factors such as your age and when you actually last weighed that "ideal" amount.

Ideal body weight is just an estimate, plus or minus 10%, and it does not take into account body composition — the ratio between lean tissue and body fat. The more lean tissue, the more efficient your body is at burning calories, plus muscle weights more than fat. Where you carry your weight puts you at greater health risk. If you carry excess body weight in the stomach area, that increases your risk. BMI (body mass index) is another tool you can use to assess your health risk as it relates to you weight.

You also may want to see a dietitian one-on-one to discuss what you can do differently. Nutrition counseling services are available at several BJC facilities including:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

If you live outside the BJC HealthCare service area, you can find a nearby registered dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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