The effective way to drop excess pounds in a healthy manner is to lose weight running. However, one of the biggest hurdles for people who begin running is sticking to a long-term running program. I have faced this hurdle many times, but have managed to come up a great formula to overcome it.
With weight loss goals, proper nutrition, and a running program, you are certain to get results. Once you get those results, you are more motivated to maintain it. So, in order to help you achieve your goals, Runpals will provide guidelines on how to lose weight running.
The first thing you need to do when you want to lose weight running is set a weight loss goal. This gives you something to strive for, and acts as motivation when your alarm goes off at 6 am, so you can squeeze in a quick run before work.
No goal is too big or small - whether its five pounds or 50 pounds, it extremely helpful to have something you are working towards. Print it out and tape it on your bathroom mirror. Trust me - it will feel great once you achieve your goal!
The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that you feel upon reaching that goal - And you will if you stick to these guidelines- usually results in you setting another goal for yourself, even if its just to maintain that goal weight.
However, you have to be careful not to overcompensate, and ensure you are eating foods that will adequately fuel your body for longer runs. As a rule of thumb, you need to burn 3500 calories through running and other daily activities in order to lose weight.
To maximize results, we recommend that you choose smaller serving sizes of calorie dense foods while trying to incorporate healthy alternative such as fresh fruit instead of processed sugars, steamed vegetables instead of fried foods, and whole grain carbohydrates instead of processed starches.
Making these small changes to your diet will result in big weight loss changes over time and increase your energy levels!
I find thats its easier for me to stick to this if I keep a food journal, so I am always aware of what Im putting into my body. Also, we have tons of healthy recipe ideas, such as salads, chicken and fish entrées, pastas, and healthy snacks at RunPals.
You should really strive to making running a daily habit, not only for the results you will inevitably get, but also because it will make your workout seem less like work, and just another part of your daily ritual to becoming a better, thinner you!
If you are really struggling with your runs, and not seeing results, here are a few running training programs that will help you stay focused and structured.
Also, including speed work in your running program will dramatically improve your weight loss results. This type of interval training will increase the amount of calories your body is burning in a very short time span.
Speed workouts have plenty of other benefits including building muscle mass, and raising your resting metabolism rate, allowing your body to continue burning fat after your workout is complete. This is just one way to lose weight running, but there are many variations.
If you have been successful at losing weight running, please share your story and tips!