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running doesn't help me lose weight, does it you?

posted almost 6 years ago | Report

i just joined the group and am seeing this challenge of trying to lose some extra pounds. Running does NOT help me lose weight! In fact, exercising in general doesn't really help me lose weight. I'm 5'8 and weigh 155 regularly, but lately am hitting 159, and I've even been revving up my workouts. Anyone else have this problem? What a bummer!

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  • Maybe it's muscle building. Give it time, you'll see results. It takes more than just a couple of weeks or a months worth of running to even begin to see results. What would be more accurate is to measure yourself and then keep doing that weekly. You're mesurements should go up in your legs, but go down in your stomach,chest. Anyways, don't give up.
    I lost 20 pounds by running and watching what I eat. I've been running since November of 08.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • While training for my first marathon, I lost weight...but not a lot. I did, however, lose a lot of inches off my waist, chest, hips, etc...

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • in reply to what Nikita S. said:Maybe it's muscle building. Give it time, you'll see results. It takes more than just a couple of weeks or a months worth of running to even begin to see results. What would be more accurate is to measure yourself and then keep doing th... read more

    smart idea to take measurements. i have noticed my stomach is a little smaller, and i think ill be losing inches before i lose weight.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I don't normally weigh myself, so I don't know actual pounds, but started running regularly (three times a week) while training for a half marathon in fall of 2007. I couldn't notice any changes in my physique until a month or two in, when people started commenting that I looked slimmer. Since then, I've kept running anywhere from one to three times a week and have gone down four sizes in pants (from a 12 to an 8)! Your body is going to naturally slim down the more you run because it wants to be more efficient. Keep it up, and don't get discouraged.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • +1 with nikita, I have been using a messuring tape for the last 4 years. its work better.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • It definitely has. I've lost around 15lbs and 2 pants sizes since I started running in September. But I also have changed my eating some and added in circuit training as well. Start doing measurements maybe...so even if you arent losing you can still see results.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I think everyone is just different. I lost around 25 pounds in my first year of running but now I hover around the same weight no matter what I do. Your body will adapt to the workload you give it so that is why it is a good idea to stress your body in different ways. Cross training is great because you work all your muscle groups and not just the same ones over and over.

    Muscle weighs more than fat but muscle also burns more calories than fat. I will take the couple extra pounds to have that extra calorie burning, power creating muscle any day.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I usually catch some flak for saying this about weight loss but it's my opinion...if calories-out is higher than calories-in, you will lose weight. And visa-versa. I lost 60 lbs over the course of several years by *gradually* doing two things...modifying diet and modifying exercise.

    The first thing is to know what you're eating...exactly what you're eating. Don't trust names like "Healthy Choice" just because they have "healthy", "natural" or "organic" in the name. They're usually the worst. If you have trouble pronouncing something in the ingredients list, put it back on the shelf. Eat normal unprocessed (or less processed) foods but in moderation. I still eat red meat, real sugar, real butter, real eggs (yolk and all), real cheese, 2% milk, ice cream, etc. but in moderation and in proportion to the amount of exercise I'm doing. For me, the easiest way to control my diet is to eat 3 meals/day and eat until I'm full but not stuffed. If you do that and are eating decent foods you're on the right track. Also keep in mind if you snack, it only takes one doughnut to cancel a 3 mile run out.

    The second thing is to keep increasing the amount of exercise you're doing...*gradually* so you don't get hurt. Look for excuses to burn calories outside of your workouts. Always take the steps...even if you work on the 100th floor, take the elevator for 80 or 90 then the steps the rest of the way. Going to visit a friend that lives 5 miles away and you've already done your workout for the day?...Great!...make it a double for the day. 5 miles each way won't seem all that long. Going out to lunch at work?...walk. Better yet, pack lunch and spend 45 minutes walking and 15 eating.

    One last thing to keep in mind. There are going to be plateaus and setbacks. The best thing to do is throw away your scales and focus on eating better and becoming more physically fit (e.g., endurance, speed, strength)...your weight will fix itself in the process.

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  • I have been running routinely now for 2 years. I did not lose any weight until I started marathon training in December. I have now lost 10 lbs and am slowly converting the fat to muscle. It wasn't until I started running 4 days a week with hills and having long runs (+10 miles) on the weekends that have helped. Also, I run a longer run (6-8 miles) for my midweek run. Watching what you eat is so key. I had to give up my Marie Calendars pot pies! :(

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • My weight stays about the same, but certainly more toned. I notice that as my miles increase with training I tend to eat more carbs as my body seems to be asking for them, but I try to make sure they are the healthy ones. I always have to be careful with what I eat the weeks after a race is done and I am not putting in the long runs, etc. Someone once said "you can't out exercise a poor diet".

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  • I used to be pretty obese and started putting on a lot of weight especially on my thighs and bottom in my late thirties. I started exercising as often as possible and also cut down on a lot of high calorie stuff. Unfortunately I hardly managed to lose much weight at all. I then recently read an article by a lady who claimed that she managed to lose nearly half of her weight using a particular weight loss supplement. I tried it out and it actually worked quite well. Within 4 months I managed to lose about 65 pounds. The results were pretty amazing and I feel so much healthier and energetic now. You can read more about the lady's article at

    http://www.obesityzapped.com

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I used to be pretty obese and started putting on a lot of weight especially on my thighs and bottom in my late thirties. I started exercising as often as possible and also cut down on a lot of high calorie stuff. Unfortunately I hardly managed to lose much weight at all. I then recently read an article by a lady who claimed that she managed to lose nearly half of her weight using a particular weight loss supplement. I tried it out and it actually worked quite well. Within 4 months I managed to lose about 65 pounds. The results were pretty amazing and I feel so much healthier and energetic now. You can read more about the lady's article at

    http://www.obesityzapped.com

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • i had a 16 week lay off due to injury and piled on the pounds, i am now in my 10th week training and after building up for 3 weeks steady mileage no efforts, the weight was not moving, i then decided to up the intensity of my runs, and it has now been dropping off steadily at 2 lb a week. You need to work hard to shift those pounds.

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  • in reply to what David N. said:I usually catch some flak for saying this about weight loss but it's my opinion...if calories-out is higher than calories-in, you will lose weight. And visa-versa. I lost 60 lbs over the course of several years by *gradually* doing two thin... read more

    Completely agree with David. I lost 30 lbs over the last year. I was doing the exercise but it took changing my diet to see the weight loss. The last clinical study on weight loss I read stated that it did not matter what the diet (Atkins, low fat, zone, etc.) that the most important measure for weight loss is Calorie output greater then calorie input. Remember when you fill hungry make sure you are not just thirsty. Have a glass of water and see if you are still that hungry. I also keep gun around for times when I want something sweet and I am tempted to eat out of boredom.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I have to agree with David and Caleb, above - it can help to mix up your workout type. Most people reach a point where their body gets more efficient and weight loss stops (or slows down) when continuing the same type of workouts. I know that during the winter, when I only run, I have a hard time keeping my weight under control. Even running more doesn't seem to help. When I add swimming and cycling in prep for triathlon season, I will actually lose a few pounds.

    posted over 5 years ago | Report

  • I huge part in loosing weight is in your diet. What are you eating? Really look at the calories you are putting into your body and then you will loose weight. Good luck!

    posted over 5 years ago | Report

  • Running has helped me tone (thighs, and my waist (not hips!!) feels smaller) but I feel like between pre-run and post-run fuel, I ended up eating almost what i've burned off (300-500 cal)

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  • It is really important for you to watch your caloric intake- ww.sparkpeople.com can help you log your calories and create an awareness of intake vs burn. Check it out, supportive enviroment too!

    posted over 5 years ago | Report

  • Yes, running helps me lose weight. I find that I still need to watch my diet, types of food and calorie intake in order to lose weight. I am thin, but I have to work at it and for me even though I am running, biking and swimiming now, I have to understand that I cannot eat certain foods if I want to maintain a specific body weight and BMI......no sugar, white flour, sodas, candy, chips.....of course I do splurge on the weekend and have red wine, beer, an occasional burger.

    That last 5 lbs around my tummy that I sometimes have is a direct result of my diet, even though I burn up the calories.

    posted over 5 years ago | Report

  • BTW.....I don't go by the scale anymore since I have more muscle weight then I use to. I go by how my close fit and how I visually look.......never go by what the scale says.

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  • Weight training helps me more than running, but somethig to keep in mind is that 1 lb of muscle takes up less space as 1lb of fat, so your measurements could be going down, but your weight would stay the same. Plus if you have been running the same amount for a long time, it's time to increase, and add speed work and hill training, because your body has become used to workout and isn't challenged. The other thing is to watch what you eat. diet plays a huge part in weight loss, more so than exercise.

    Hope that helps,
    Sabrina

    posted about 5 years ago | Report

  • I totally agree with David N & Deb E. It's the calories that get you every time....and it's not always that you are eating too many...sometimes you're not eating enough. I have found a great website that I use to track food, exercise, weight/measurements (myfooddiary.com). There is a monthly fee, but it is the best site I've found among similar sites (free ones included).

    posted almost 5 years ago | Report

  • Nope, not here either. In fact I just signed up for the Chicago Marathon in Oct and was just thinking how I probably won't lose weight and should watch how much I eat because training makes me soo hungry all the time. I will fit into my clothes better but I don't actually drop weight. I'm 5'7 and 145 almost all the time. I've sort of conceded that that's probably the weight my body just gravitates toward.

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  • Nope. It doesn't help me either. It has in the past (straight after having children) but these days it doesn't seem to matter how much I exercise. What I will say is that it does allow me to eat like a teenage boy without gaining weight. I think if I actually stopped pigging out and focused on my diet the weight would fall off but I'm just not prepared to do that. :)

    posted almost 5 years ago | Report

  • in reply to what David N. said:I usually catch some flak for saying this about weight loss but it's my opinion...if calories-out is higher than calories-in, you will lose weight. And visa-versa. I lost 60 lbs over the course of several years by *gradually* doing two thin... read more

    I know it's been a year since you posted this, but going through the website (newbie here) I thought your reply was wonderful & very helpful to me! Thanks so much!

    posted over 4 years ago | Report

  • I found both weight training and running will work for losing weight but dieting and the correct weight loss supplement for losing weight is also very important.

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  • The only way that I can lose weight is through combining cardio, weight training and diet. No shortcuts, no halfway measures. Like others who have posted here, I joined SparkPeople a couple of years ago and tracked every single thing I ate and every bit of exercise I did. I lost 70lbs (yay me!) but had to remain diligent throughout. These days, I'm more focused on attaining fitness goals for health and for the challenge. If I lose weight in the process, that's great but it's no longer my prime motivator. Following those numbers got me too obsessed and depressed when the scale didn't move as I expected it to. Now, when I run a longer distance or for a longer time, or a faster pace, I can rejoice in those numbers. I'm in control of them!

    posted over 4 years ago | Report

  • Can't lose weight? The problem may really surprise you! It could actually be due to your liver... Check out this blog post, it could really help if you've been trying hard to lose weight but just can't seem to.

    http://wieight-loss-flf.blogspot.com

    Good luck!

    posted almost 2 years ago | edited almost 2 years ago | Report

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