(Closed) Started running, weight loss stalling

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2459 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Sometimes you just stall for a bit, keep at it, the running can only help.

Post # 4
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Also, don’t forget, running makes your muscles stronger so you might not see that much change in your weight but you could still be losing inches! Plus, it can take a while for results to show up, how long have you been running? 

Post # 5
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree about the losing inches and not weight.  I just trained for my first marathon (that I ran in October!  Yay!) and I kept gaining weight.  Totally not what I wanted.  But, I was losing inches in my waist and arms.  My thighs and butt got bigger, but that was just muscle.  I think you might also want to try weight training.  Everything that I have read says that lifting weights boosts your metabolism and muscle burns more calories during rest than fat.  Try that out and see if it works!  Another thought is that you might need to switch up how you are running.  Try running sprints or longer distances, anything different than what you are doing right now.  Your body might just need a jolt to get over the plateau!  Good luck!

Post # 6
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Unfortunately,  cardio isn’t enough for long term weightloss. You want to build some muscle as well. I recomment 20-30 minutes of cardio paired with 20-30 minutes of weight training. Full body weight training would be 2-3 sets of 10-12 reps…you want about 8-12 exercises, at least one per body part. Preferably two.

Leg press/Lunges

Squats/Dead lifts

Chest press/Front Row

Bicycle Crunch/Reverse Crunch

You will NOT get bulky if you weight train. You will replace your adipose (fat) tissue with muscle. The more muscle your body is composed of, the more calories you burn at rest. That means if you’re sitting on the couch and your unfit friend is sitting on a couch, you could potentially burn a third more calories than she does just sitting there; because you have more muscle.

Post # 7
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are you taking your measurements?  You might be loosing inches but not necessarily pounds.  That is usually what happens at first with an exercise regimen, where you are building new muscle.

Post # 8
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’ve  been consistently running for about about a year.  While training for my first half marathon, I didn’t care about speed, just worked toward my distance goals.  I didn’t really lose much weight during that time, felt in better shape, but not ‘fantastic’.  Now that I’m training for my second half marathon, I’ve started working in speedwork, weights (2x/week), and some alternate types of cardio (1-2x/week), and I really feel like I’m getting in great shape.  I’ve lost a little more weight too, but it’s pretty slow.  Definitely losing inches and ‘feel’ much fitter.

For speedwork, try throwing in some sprints or slightly upping your pace.  A treadmill or a track is a great way to do this.  Some ideas:

  1. Track – walk/jog the curves, sprint the straights
  2. Treadmill – sprint the end of each mile, I up my pace by about 1min/mile for the last quarter mile.
  3. Treadmill – increase the pace by 0.1mph by distance increments, for short runs I up every quarter mile, for long runs I up every mile
  4. Treadmill – alternate speed and resistance increases every quarter mile, raising and lowering within a certain threshold (I do 6.0mph at 0res, 6.0mph at 1res, 6.1mph at 0res, 6.1mph at 1res, 6.2mph at 0 res…and so on up to 6.5mph and then interval back down)

Post # 9
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Are you eating enough? Sometimes if people under-eat then begin a workout routine it stalls the weight loss.

I just started running about 1 month ago and I’ve lost about 6lbs. I record every calorie I eat to make sure I eat enough/not too much and it really helps!

Post # 10
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with the fact your muscles are probably toning so it might not be a noticeable weight change but you’ll be loosing inches. Take a really good look at yourself in the mirror. You might realize that your legs are much more toned than you thought! 🙂

Post # 11
1154 posts
Bumble bee

You are healthier and that is pretty great!  Seriously, excercise is very important for health (and everyone claims to be concerned with health – snarkiness directed not at you but at society) but not so important or effective for weight loss.  However being healthier is good for a lot of things, like living longer and feeling better and being able to do more things.  🙂  Being a small number on the scale is really only good for being a small number on a scale – maybe attractiveness but I think healthy people generally look attractive no matter their weight. 

I also second the weight training as that is more likely to have you lose weight/look toned than running.


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