Running for fat people

(18 Posts)
sunchild77 Mon 05-Sep-16 11:12:49

Please someone talk to me about jogging and trying to lose weight.... Im feeling really down..... Why is my jogging not helping me lose weight??? Ive been doing a 10k trainer app and Im on week 6. Im doing 8kms 3 days a week, walking a couple of kms, then the 10k trainer, so a run walk things for about 30 mins. Doing this outside in public in leggings feeling like a heifer...Im fat sad Feeling like I hate myself. But really hoping to see some results... But nowt happening.... sad waah ... its not helping my morale.
Im watching what i eat but also trying to live a bit too and not go over the top.... Why is it so damn hard???!!!!!!!
please help sad
ta x

sophree Mon 05-Sep-16 11:17:59

I've always found that the only way I'll lose weight is to lift weights!!

I took up running a few years ago and I got fit pretty fast but wasn't losing weight really which I thought was weird since I was heavy!

Then I discovered weight lifting. Check out the 30 day shred on YouTube it's great for beginners.

Thefitfatty Mon 05-Sep-16 11:18:18

Are you getting fitter at all? Running for longer than before? Do your clothes feel any looser?

Sadly most weight loss is about food. So what does "living a bit" mean?

MrsPMT Mon 05-Sep-16 11:23:30

Weight loss is more diet than exercise IME, exercise gives better tone & shape but to lose weight diet is better.

Also do you mean you are doing 8km 3 times a week or over the whole week? Its a good idea to look at your pace/speed too, IMO, sometimes walking can be as good at keeping fit as long as you walk fast and easier to start with.

sunchild77 Mon 05-Sep-16 11:25:34

I guess I mean by not being meticulous about monitoring everything I shove in my mouth. Having balanced meals, only having the odd glass of wine. I suppose I am getting able to jog for longer etc so I getting fitter, but I just thought that this would translate to the scales as well. Wah sad

Thefitfatty Mon 05-Sep-16 11:25:51

Im doing 8kms 3 days a week, walking a couple of kms, then the 10k trainer, so a run walk things for about 30 mins.

I was wondering this too. Are you saying you're doing 10k in 30 minutes? Because that's not possible (unless you're a cheetah...)

sunchild77 Mon 05-Sep-16 11:27:40

Im doing 8k 3 times a week. My jogging (its no run!!) is very slow. And Im only really able to jog for about 20 mins in total.

MrsPMT Mon 05-Sep-16 11:27:41

wink lol at cheetah, thought the same

AnchorDownDeepBreath Mon 05-Sep-16 11:28:17

The biggest reason that people who start exercising don't lose weight is that they eat more, and cancel out the benefits. A lot of people drastically overestimate the calories burnt exercising, and some apps are awful at it, too.

I run 5k in just under half an hour on the average day and only burn about 300 calories.

Unfortunately weight loss is 80% diet anyway, so it's quite possible that it's "living a little" that's stopping you making any progress.

You've done really well going out though! And hopefully the running endorphins are helping?

frikadela01 Mon 05-Sep-16 11:31:08

Losing weight is basically eating less calories than you expend during the day.

Sadly most exercise uses a lot less calories than most people realise. so a 30 minute jog at 5mph uses around d 290-350 calories depending on your weight. It's therefore very difficult to create a calorie defecit by just doing exercise alone.

MrsPMT Mon 05-Sep-16 11:31:26

so 8k every jog/ walk?, that's quite a lot, should def make a difference if you keep at it. I walk 3 miles daily (at approx 4mph) and find that is good for overall fitness.

sunchild77 Mon 05-Sep-16 11:31:43

I go out for about 1 hour 20 mins. walk for 4kms then do my trainer, Im only jogging for about 20 mins.
Im trying so hard!!!

Thefitfatty Mon 05-Sep-16 12:12:56

Im trying so hard!!!

Great! Keep it up! grin You've only been at it for 6 weeks, so don't get disheartened. Just keep at it.

MidnightPixie3 Mon 05-Sep-16 12:21:36

And always bear in mind that muscle is heavier than fat. You have been exercising which should burn fat but it will also build muscle.

If you stop concentrating on your weight and start checking your clothes - do they still fit you or are they becoming a bit looser?
And don't weigh yourself too often. Limit it to once a week.

You're doing really well. Keep at it!

hangingoutattheendofmywick Mon 05-Sep-16 12:33:20

throw away the scales for a start. I have been exercising like a mad woman for last month and told trainer at the gym I haven't lost a pound and he said its eating that's the hard part.... I realised I've been thinking I could eat whatever I wanted cause I was exercising so much ..... silly me. so now I have addressed my eating and can feel the results. But make a promise not to weigh yourself for two months and do body measurements instead. Also keep up the running - but try other things too like I do weights now and HIIT classes and it's changed my life! Absolutely love it. Good luck OP.

frikadela01 Mon 05-Sep-16 12:42:43

And always bear in mind that muscle is heavier than fat. You have been exercising which should burn fat but it will also build muscle.

This only really applies to people who are doing serious weight training or are elite athletes. Your average Jo jogging a few times a week isn't going to build so much muscle that it affects their weight.

sunchild77 Mon 05-Sep-16 13:53:11

Thanks guys ;)
I think Im just a bit impatient!
And yeah its probably my eating that's the problem... I think I just thought if i was doing this much I could relax a bit.
Ive lost 2 stone since jan, and its really slowed to a standstill the last couple of months... I need to keep it up! envy Thanks for the motivation xx

hangingoutattheendofmywick Mon 05-Sep-16 14:04:07

2 stone since jan!! well done! that's amazing. dont be so hard on yourself and start to exercise / run to improve your fitness - the weight will follow.

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