I am sure a few of you out there are wondering can running help you lose weight? I hate to break this to you but the answer is yes and no. Running alone cannot help you lose weight, there are other factors that you must consider as well. Read on below to find out why.
I Ran Today, I Deserve A Good Meal, Right?
For those of you who ran a hard run for the day, you thought that you should reward yourself with some junk food. That is the worst thing you could have done because you will be washing all your efforts down the drain. By eating all the junk food filled with calories, you are basically replenishing your body back with all the calories that you ran so hard just to get rid of. You ask can running help you lose weight, yes it does, but it doesn’t make sense to eat back all the ‘weight’ that you just lost during the day. Eating right is crucial to complementing your run, make you don’t eat more calories than you burnt.
Simply Running Will Help Me to Lose Calories?
Everybody is unique, the same goes for your body. Therefore, just running with no aim is not going to help you lose weight. My advice will be to track your runs with a running app to calculate a number of calories you burnt. Personally, I use Runkeeper to track my runs. Runkeeper is able to tell you how much calories you burnt based on your pace, duration and distance. Did you know that a cheeseburger is around 300 calories, and there are days whereby I don’t even burn more than 200 calories despite running more than 2km (see pic below). Scary but true, this is why we should track our runs to have a better understanding of how hard are we running.
I Run Once a Week, How Come I Don’t See Any Results?
The frequency of your runs is equally important as well. Running once or twice a week will definitely not help you lose weight because a number of calories burnt is insufficient. You need to increase the frequency of your runs to 3 to 4 times a week to even see any results. Nobody said losing weight is easy and you need to put in the efforts if you want to cut the flab.
Get Your Priorities Right
Running alone will not help you lose weight miraculously overnight, it is a long term plan and a lifelong exercise. There are so many other factors in play such as diet and sleep. Running does help burn more calories than any other exercises but do not give up if you find yourself not losing more weight than expected. This is because running gives you many other benefits. Do you feel healthier, less restless, more energetic than before you started running? These should be the main reasons why you are running and why you should continue to pursue running as a lifelong hobby.
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Cheers and Start Running Today