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Running for weight loss - does it work?

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MsRamone Mon 26-Oct-15 08:39:10

I've decided not to follow any diet, just to make a few small changes and portion control.

I'm thinking of starting running but as I'm massively unfit, I'm going to start off with couch to 5k. Has anyone had success with running for weight loss?

CheckedMate Mon 26-Oct-15 08:41:38

I have tried many times and I'm afraid it's true when they say weight loss is 90% diet. You would have to run very often, very far, and pretty quickly to effect any weight loss at all. Even when eating a healthy diet, you are advised not to exercise at first as people in general tend to overestimate the amount/intensity they have exercised, feel hungrier, and be more likely to have an extra biscuit 'because I deserve it!'

Sorry - I wish all it took were some couch to 5k sessions! sad

longdiling Mon 26-Oct-15 08:45:26

I agree with checkedmate that it's mostly about diet but exercise can give you a real mood and confidence lift which can be important when you're trying to lose weight. Try not to think of it as running/exercising to lose weight but find a type of exercise you enjoy and makes you feel good then do it for its own sake.

SparklyTinselTits Mon 26-Oct-15 08:53:39

If you are going to run....don't think of it as a run. More of a pwer-walk/steady jog.
A 5k run is good for cardiovascular fitness, but a slow, steady paced jog/power walk for a longer distance is good for fat burning.
Also, DH and I use the sweat technique used by boxers to drop weight quickly. Put on as many layers as you can, including a beanie hat/hood up, and do a slow and steady pace. If we are feeling particularly brave, we will pop a head hole, and arm holes in a bin bag and wear that under all the layers! Make sure you take lots of water with you though - results can be disasterous if not properly hydrated confused

Good luck with your weight loss!! grin flowers

MumOnTheRunAgain Mon 26-Oct-15 10:57:59

Well it helped me lose 5 stone!!

But I mainly agree with others.... Diet is key. What it does do is keep you focused and motivated, gives an energy boost and keeps your metabolism raised and makes you feel pretty good about yourself!

I started with c25k and carried on my running. I ran London marathon this year and just love the whole running buzz and community. Go for it, there's not going to be anything to regret!

KanyesVest Mon 26-Oct-15 11:11:34

Fully agree with the others, the majority of the weight loss will come from better eating habits, but you will get the illusive feel good factor and toning up from the running. And it's half an hour you can't put food in your mouth! That said, even if you don't lose a pound, you will have better cardio vascular health, so it's a good thing all round.

Kinvale Tue 27-Oct-15 19:39:59

I changed my diet - healthier options and started going for a brisk 30 minute walk every day. I then started jogging after about 6 weeks. Over the past 18 months I have lost 3 stone and now run 3 miles 4 nights out of 7. I still have another stone to go. It's slow and steady that is key and finding something you enjoy. I love running and have signed up for my first half marathon early next year! Go for it!

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