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RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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12/24/13 3:54 P

Absolutely it's possible. Most people can lose weight without doing any exercise at all -- what you do do is bonus (better health, faster weight loss, or ability to eat a little more while losing).

Personally I did almost nothing but cardio (walking, some running, averaging around an hour a day) while losing weight and did great with that; I credit it to some extent with my metabolism staying steady throughout the whole thing, and with making it easier on me than it would have been otherwise (since I could eat more).

So whatever you can do is good; and within reason, more -- and more varied -- is better.

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12/22/13 8:49 A

I have been doing Core rework outs vs just abs. Strengthening back as well as front. And I feel the difference and can see the difference. The other good thing is I can do this as I travel for work also.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,623)
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12/22/13 8:44 A

Just a reminder... working your abs is not going to lead to a slimmer waist line. When you do "ab work" you're working the muscle, which is entirely separate from the fat covering it. To lose the fat you need to burn more calories than you eat, which is where running *may* help... losing fat is an all over body process and you can't target where it comes off.

I prefer to look at my calorie intake (how much I eat) for weight loss and exercise is for cardiovascular health and allows me to eat more and still lose weight. ***FULL BODY*** strength training (like working the abs, which is actually probably my least important muscle to work... I have no clue why everyone is so obsessed with working the abs that they would neglect all other muscles to do so... sure, there are benefits to a stronger core but it isn't going to make it any less jiggly. Ab work is a very, very small part of my workout); is to build strength and to appear more firm once the fat is gone.

Anyways, back to the calorie intake. Yes, you *may* lose weight by running... IF you're not eating too much but how much you eat is the real reason you lose weight. So no, just running alone is not going to lead to weight loss. Weight loss is calories in vs. calories out.

If your body burns around 2000 cals a day and you eat 1500 cals, you are creating a daily deficit of -500 cals/day. It takes -3500 cals to lose 1 lb of fat. This means you'd lose 1 lb/week.

Now let's say you run and it allows you to burn an extra 300 cals per day. Your body is now burning 2300 cals a day and if you eat 1500 cals... you'll lose 1.5 lbs/week.

But if you *are not* counting the calories you put in your mouth it's very easy to eat 2300 cals or more without even realizing it. Then... you wouldn't lose a pound or even gain weight, despite running. That's why running alone may not help you lose weight. You're going to have to know how much you're eating and control that factor.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/22/2013 (08:47)
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ISUMMERS_09 SparkPoints: (3,105)
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4/29/13 2:07 P

Thanks so much everyone for your help!

CILER11 Posts: 265
4/5/13 3:23 P

I agree with the previous posters. I would do a full body routine and also I would not do abs everyday. Also if you are new to running you may wanty to cross train a few days a week to prevent injuries.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/5/13 2:41 P

Weight loss is almost 100% entirely about nutrition. So "with the proper nutrition" yes you can lose weight. You can lose weight with any exercise, no exercise, or heaps of exercise "with the proper nutrition".

As others have stated, abs everyday is a poor idea. Like every muscle they need rest if they're working fully. The reason "you can do your abs every day" came about as a myth is because people don't tax their abs enough, so they're fine to do every day because they're not working hard. But what's the point - if they're not working hard?

Is the running planned for every day too? Especially if you're a beginner, that also should be every second day. It's very high impact and hard on your body and you need to recover. But 1 mile? Why only 1? Do you plan to only ever do 1 mile? Most people pick up a couch to 5k type of programme and aim for 3 miles. If 1 is all you can do, mix running with walking.

Effective cardio (especially for weight loss) should be 30-60 minutes. It's VERY unlikely your 1 mile will take that long.

So ... proper nutrition and: alternating a half hour run/walk with a full body strength routine so you do one or the other daily (1 day a week 'rest'). That's a good routine! :)

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,004
4/5/13 2:19 P

I agree with the previous poster that you want to be doing a full-body strength program, not just ab work. Also, if you're working your abs to fatigue (which you should be), they need at least a day of rest in between workouts just like any other muscle.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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4/5/13 1:12 P

Actually, when trying to lose weight, strength training is more important than cardio (and good nutrition is most important of all) since it builds muscle and more muscle = more calories burnt.

Also, good abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. Spot reduction doesn't exist so doing ab exercises will not give you a flat stomach. You want to do a full body strength workout, which is fairly easy to do without any equipment at all. Check out some of the workout videos here to get ideas. My strength workout consists of squats, lunges and/ or deadlifts, pushups, assisted pull ups, and planks. Almost no equipment needed. Good luck :)

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4/5/13 12:17 P


Yes of course. Running is a form of cardio which is the main source of excercise for losing weight. If you want to limit yourself to running as your main cardio exercise this can help! There are some fall backs though. They key to losing weight with cardiovascular exercises is your heart rate. As you exercise your heart rate increases (obviously). Every one has their own certain range that their heart rate should fall in to see the best weightloss results. This is called your Target Heart Rate Range. If your heart rate does not fall in this range (I.E. beating too fast, or too slow) You will not see the maximum results you could see.
What does this mean? This means that if you aren't in amazing running shape you don't want to go kill yourself. Work your way up to it. Spark people have some amazing running interval programs that help you get ready to run.
Keep in mind that if you don't do any kind of strength training (recomended cross training by Spark people) than your body (besides the muscles used to run) will not tone as much or as quickly.
Doing abs will tone your tummy in time. Another thing about abs is how you do them. Two words. Intensity, and Engage. Making your ab workouts intense and bringing up your heart rate will help burn fat, while engaging your abs will work the muscles properly!
Hope this helps, I can try and answer any questions you might have.

ISUMMERS_09 SparkPoints: (3,105)
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4/5/13 11:57 A

Is it possible to lose weight by running a mile or more and simply doing abs everyday? With the proper nutrition and water intake.

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