4 Important Factors That Help You Lose Weight

Running is a very simple form of exercise. It’s easy and quick to put on your shoes and go out for a run or jump on the treadmill. However, when you’re using running to lose weight you have much more to think about than just running.

You can’t just run and hope that everything will magically take care of itself and that you’ll easily lose weight and everything will go according to plan. It won’t!

To give yourself the best chance of success you need much more than mere hope or wishes, you also need to look at other factors.

Here are four key areas you should take a good look at:

  1. Set some goals

If you don’t have any goals then all you are doing is drifting aimlessly along. You’re like a ship without a rudder, being tossed about in the sea, hoping that you’ll somehow stumble upon your destination.

What you need is a target, something concrete you can focus on which helps drive you towards your running and weight loss success. Don’t leave your weight loss and happiness in the hands of luck, decide exactly what you want and then go after it.

Take some time to have a good think about your reasons for wanting to lose weight and what you would like to achieve. What are your weight loss goals? What are your running goals?

Don’t forget to put a timescale on when you want to achieve these goals. This will help you become more focussed and have more drive, rather than allowing yourself to drift along year after year towards the same goal.

  1. Develop a plan

If you don’t develop a plan then you have little idea about how you’re going to reach your goals. Or maybe you’ve created a quick, half hearted plan because you don’t want to “waste” much time producing one.

The fact is that by not spending the time to develop a plan you WILL waste much more time later on by struggling to reach your goals.

A sound plan helps to guide you and act as a road map leading you towards your desired weight. Not having a plan will only result in wasting months and even years of your life, and you’ll also end up suffering much frustration along the way.

  1. Measure and track your progress

Now that you’ve got some goals and a plan, you need to be able to identify whether you’re on track. If you don’t measure your progress then there will come a time when you should have reached your goals but suddenly realise that you’re a long way off.

By keeping track of your progress you can identify what’s working and what’s not, and modify your running and weight loss plan accordingly. You can therefore be confident that you’re on track to reach your goals rather than not having a clue whether you’re on track or not.

So you may want to measure things like your weight, Body Mass Index, and body fat percentage. You may also want to take body measurements and photos of yourself as you lose weight.

Also don’t forget about measuring your running progress because if you’re not improving your running ability then sooner or later you’ll hit a plateau and stop losing weight.

  1. Check your diet

In order to lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit by burning more calories than you consume. While running will help you on one side of the equation, your diet will help you on the other.

The problem is that most people severely underestimate their calorie intake and then wonder why they can’t lose any weight. The question is: Do you have any idea how many calories you consume each day? 

If you don’t have a sensible diet or your calorie intake is too high then you can do all the exercise you want and you’ll still struggle to lose weight.

To summarise

I hope you can see that there’s much more to using running to lose weight than just simply going out for a run or jumping on a treadmill.

By taking note of these four key areas you’ll get a lot more out of your running and weight loss efforts. You’ll have more purpose, direction, and motivation which provides you with a much better chance of success than someone who drifts along and pins their hopes on mere luck.

To get more tips like these that help you improve your fitness and running ability and lose more weight, take a look at these running programs which guide you every step of the way.

Disclaimer: There is no such thing as a quick fix or losing weight without any effort. To be successful with both your running and weight loss you need to put in time and effort as well as follow the right advice. That way you can lose weight and keep it off, and that’s what I help you do.

I cannot guarantee what results you’ll get because everyone is different and results vary. I just promise that I provide you with the best advice and tips that I possibly can with the aim of helping you lose weight and getting everything you want out of running.

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