Whether they're trying to lose weight or not, it's very common for runners to use food as a reward. They often want to treat themselves after a hard workout or race. But that kind of reward system can really derail your weight loss efforts. You may start using every little excuse to treat yourself to a high-calorie dessert or other indulgence when you have an urge for them.
How to fix it: Instead, treat yourself to non-food rewards, such as new running gear, a pedicure, or a massage when you reach a running goal. Once you reach a specific goal, pick a new milestone and another non-food treat to go along with it. And follow these tips for controlling food cravings.