Fifty eight percent of runners are running to lose weight as one of their three main reasons for running. This should not be surprising, I suppose, in a country where more than 50% of the population is either overweight or obese.
It would seem, from looking at elite runners and marathoners, that running encourages leanness and would be an ideal method for losing weight. And if you ask most runners if running helps them control their weight, most will emphatically say “yes”.
For many years we’ve been told that exercise, particularly running, is a powerful tool in any weight loss program and should be considered an integral part of it. But just how effective is running for weight loss and weight control?
Is running the panacea that will help us shed those excess pounds?
Just how much running does it take for us to lose weight? And is running the best aerobic activity for weight loss?
Are there better ways to lose weight?
What about other widespread beliefs – like runners burn as much after our workouts as we do during our training due to an elevated resting metabolism. Is this true?
You’ll be very surprised at what the research has to say about these questions. So surprised that you may find yourself making some lifestyle and running adjustments after reading this section.
To Run or Not to Run
One of your first considerations, if you’re thinking about running to lose weight, is how many calories you burn when running. And how many calories you burn depends up 2 factors: your current weight and how fast you run.
I’ve put together a chart to help you see how many calories you will burn based on your weight and running speed. And, in case you’re wondering, I’ve included some other aerobic activities to see how running compares with other types of exercise. Click here to see the calories burned running chart.
But this chart only gives you part of the picture. There are many other considerations to consider and some research studies to help you understand what works and what doesn’t.
To help dispel the myths and get past the hype about running to lose weight, I’ve put together a list of
5 Facts about Running and Weight Loss and an additional 4 facts about running, health and nutrition
Once you’ve had a chance to look at the chart and review the facts about running to lose weight, health and nutrition, you’ll be able to make a better assessment about how running can help you in your weight loss or weight control program.