I'd like to ask the advice of runners who have tried(and succeeded) at lowering their fat percentage.
I am female, 19 years old, 5'3, 126lbs and 19% body fat. I have been running for three years now, starting from pretty much 0 fitness, to now having a half pb of 1.29. I do well in my running, however I don't feel happy about my physical state. I know that I am within a healthy range BMI wise, but physically I do not feel as though I am the leanest that I could be. I know people say that if you're running well don't worry about the rest, but I believe that I could be much faster by lowering my fat percentage. I'd like to be around the 12-13% fat percentage mark. I worked out that I currently eat an average of 1500-1800 calories a day, however sometimes under 1500(I use livestrong myplate). I run about 50 miles a week, so I do not understand why it is that I have been unable to lose the extra fat that I would like to lose. I have been eating this sort of intake for about 1.5 years now. I can't keep upping my mileage in an attempt to lose fat as my coach has put an upper limit on the amount of mileage I should be doing at the moment to prevent injury etc.. I don't eat sweets, chocolates or crisps at all, or anything battered or deep-fried. I just want to make it clear that I don't by any means wish to be overly thin or anorexic looking, I simply want be lean and strong( Steph Twell type). Sorry for the long explanation- I'd just like some advice on what others have done to lower their fat percentage, or get closer to their ideal racing weight. Any tips welcome(I'd especially like to hear from any females who struggled with this issue)
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