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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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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