Post # 1
I’m just curious as to what the runner bees here think! I am trying to lose a few pounds (about 5) for a wedding that I’m in in July. I have just started running again and would like to participate in a couple 5k runs this summer. Just wondering if you run to lose weight or if it’s just something you like to do? Would you recommend running to someone who wants to lose weight, or would you suggest a different type of program?
I am also using MFP to track calories. I am going to run 3 days a week, Mon, Wed, Fri and probably once on the weekend. I do a workout class on Tuesdays and will do a different workout on Thursdays (Jillian Michaels, Biggest Loser, etc). Do you think this is good enough for the weight I’d like to lose?
ETA – I will also be doing 30-40mins of yoga on my running days.
Post # 2
I definitely included running in my weight loss plan. Not just straight jogging though, lots of hills and sprinting intervals to burn the cals! I combined this with weights, RPM and other cardio plus a healthy diet though of course.
Post # 3
I’m not personal trainer or fitness nut but I’d always heard that walking is better than running to lose weight? Something about fat turning into muscle if you run…again, I could be VERY wrong here.
Post # 4
mm86: I’m certainly not a fitness expert so don’t hold me to this but my trainer at the gym told me that I should stick to no less than 20 mins and no more than 30 mins cardio, followed by weights to lose weight.
Building some muscle is good as it continues to burn more calories in between exercise also. But diet is a really big part of it, you can exercise like crazy but if you’re eating a tonne of crap it won’t make a difference (that’s my downfall.. I love my food haha). A good combo of healthy eating and exercise and you should be fine for July!
Post # 5
I’m trying to lose 10 lb by my wedding. My trainer has me jogging and sprinting in intervals. I’m supposed to be running 3 times A week. I do lose weight when I run And I think you have a good plan. Sticking to it is just so hard!
Post # 6
Lasttomarry: Agreed, sticking to it is definitely the hard part!
Post # 7
I’ve been running since October but it hasn’t helped me lose weight. It’s helped me feel more fit and now my calves are pretty sculpted/gigantic. If anything, I’ve gained weight because muscle weighs more and after 10 mile runs I always think that I’m entitled to a burrito (bad idea). I think that diet is 90% of the battle with weight loss.
Post # 8
Yes, but running does not necessarily equal weight loss. Here are some reasons why… http://www.runnersworld.com/weight-loss/miles-and-meals
Post # 9
RunnerBride13: Thanks for posting that link! I don’t know much about running right now so that was helpful.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Running changed my life. It absolutely is the best thing you can do to lose weight. It 100% works when combined with monitoring the food you consume- all you have to do is burn more than you eat! For running stats I recommend http://www.dailymile.com to track your runs. It’s so fun!
I would also strongly suggest a heart rate monitor (my sister got a Polar one she likes from amazon). very motivating. I use a GPS Garmin. I’m telling you, it changed my life~
Also, the absolute hardest part is sticking with the plan It took me a long time (5+ years for me to really get “fast” at running). Now I do half marathons and I won my 10miler yesterday!
Post # 11
In my experience, yes you can lose weight IF you run AND watch what you eat. For me the “I run, I can eat what I want” is absolutely FALSE. So just be careful no to go crazy with the food part and you should see great results, especially if you are combining running with other strength workouts, and also running and sprinting. Best of luck, tell us how it goes!!!
Post # 12
2013septemberbride: I’ll let you know! So far I’ve done 2 25min runs and did yoga after. I left a rest day in between because I’m not used to running yet. I am actually really enjoying it! I always heard that you “hit a wall” when running and I totally get that…getting past it is the hard part!
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
If you’re using MFP (best tool ever!) get yourself a good heart rate monitor with a chest strap – I have a Polar FT4, basic but does everything I need – and start logging cals burnt by running. However, I would recommend eating at least half of your exercise calories back – or at least enough so that you still eat your recommended cals for the day, otherwise you’ll do more harm than good. It won’t necessarily help you lose weight, but it will make your legs look great! Weight loss is much much more about food than exercise – be scrupulous with MFP (and weigh everything!), eat the calories it tells you to and you should lose the weight without drama. I lost ten kilos (so about 22 pounds) in six months without being hungry or giving up chocolate, cheesecake or cider. You’ll feel really good, I love running now and I used to hate it.