What You Need to Know about Running and Weight Loss

When you use running to lose weight it’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to just keep trying to run for longer and longer in order to lose more and more weight.

After all that’s what everybody else seems to do, just try and run for the furthest distance possible.

While it can be useful to develop your fitness by extending the time and distance you can run, you certainly don’t need to be putting in lots of miles to reach your desired weight. In fact there’s much more to using running to lose weight than simply long, slow running.

Other methods you can use include mixed running and walking, tempo running, fartlek training, and interval training.

You can use these running methods to lose weight whether you prefer to run over shorter distances, or if you want to train more like a long distance runner. They can be applied in an endless amount of different ways.

However, the most effective way of using running to lose weight is contrary to what many people believe. Shorter and harder runs are far better for losing weight and fat than long and slow running. This has been proven beyond question by several scientific studies.

These shorter runs may burn fewer calories during the run compared to longer running but they provide many more benefits for the other 23 hours or so of the day.

These benefits include more calories being burned from fat, and often more calories being burned over the whole day as your body tries to recover from the harder run.

You develop a higher metabolism due to maintaining more lean muscle. This also results in you losing more weight from fat rather than muscle which is an important part of achieving long term weight loss success.

You also benefit from improved fitness and speed. This increases your ability to burn calories which makes it easier to lose weight the further you progress with your running.

Quite simply, the better you become at running the easier it becomes to burn calories and lose weight.

Having said this, an important aspect of using running to lose weight over the long term is to do the running you enjoy because you’ll have a much greater chance of success and sticking with running if you enjoy it…

However, would you prefer running sessions that last for 30-45 minutes or one’s that last for 90 minutes or more?

The first type of running sessions can be used to provide maximum benefits while the second type is much less effective and more time consuming.

The first type can also provide plenty of variety, more fun, and can easily be fitted into any day of the week whereas the second type are done at the same, slow speed and aren’t so easy to fit in.

Another thing to consider when deciding what running methods you should use is your current running ability. You should only be doing the type of running that your body is capable of.

If you try to jump ahead by trying to complete more advanced running methods before you’re ready then you’ll very quickly become injured and frustrated, and you’ll be much more likely to give up with your running and weight loss efforts altogether.

To learn more about the different running methods available, how they can best be used to lose weight, and exactly when you should be using them, take a look at these running programs.

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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