Running is great exercise, but posters on this thread make some great points too.
Firstly, for most people, weight loss is 80% nutrition, and just 20% exercise. Or put more bluntly, you can't outrun a bad diet.
Secondly, the best form of exercise is something you actually enjoy doing, as you are more likely to stick with it in the longer term. If you enjoy running on the treadmill, great. If its something you have to force yourself to do, then you may want to consider other forms of exercise instead.
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The best exercise is the one you'll actually do. So if you enjoy running on the treadmill and you'll keep it up, then it's great. If you're bored and hate it and stop doing it, then you're better off finding something else.
I run, both to lose weight but also to relieve stress (and keep me sane!). I can't just run and expect to lose weight, though. Sometimes I'm really hungry after a run, other times not. I just have to be really mindful of what I'm eating and when I'm eating it. So, for example, I just got back from a 5 mile treadmill run. I came back and drank a big glass of water and made myself lunch -- in this case, a tuna wrap (a roti, tuna, light mayo/yogurt, onions, celery, green pepper.) It was a good combination of carbs and protein, though less than 300 calories and tasted darn good too! It ought to keep me full until almost dinner time. If I need something else, I might have an apple or, if I'm really hungry, some whole wheat bread and peanutbutter. The point is to keep track of it all and to make sure you are staying within your calories limits.
Also, for what it's worth, I find that running makes me *want* to eat better. I like having a goal -- running a certain distance or trying to beat a certain time. When I'm really focused on the running, I think about my eating that way too. I think about how a nice piece of whole wheat bread or a piece of fish or chicken or some veg fuels my body. Sure, sometimes after a long, sweaty run, I'll crave some salt, but even then I know it is because it is something my body really needs to replenish, not just because I'm indulging a bad habit.
Sorry for the ramble -- in short, running make me more mindful of how all the parts and systems of my body work together and that is a good formula for weight loss.
Edited by: KMHILLI at: 12/10/2013 (14:39)
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Thanks I am working on my diet too! And I am not starving myself. I am focusing on eating healthy things and making better choices.
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Running will only help you lose weight IF a caloric deficit is created. And the problem many people experience when they start running is an increased appetite. When a person increases the amount of exercise they do, their bodies crave more calories for energy. So, don't be surprized if you feel ravenous after a run, that's not unusual.
Ultimately, when it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. What happens if you become injured and can't run ?
Running is one way a person can stay fit. However, running alone will not help you to lose weight. That's where a healthy diet and portion control really count the most.
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Yes, that is true. It is dark and cold now and I have being doing no exercise at all and I don't really want to do it in the cold and dark. So, I joined a gym and I would like to start walking/running on the treadmill. Plus I can do other things there as well. :)
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If it means getting the exercise in rather than no because running outside is not an option, it's worth it. I use mine for walking because it seems the only time I have for exercise is in the evening and I really don't want to walk or run in the dark.
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