i am currently half way through week 3 of the C25K. I am enjoying the running and to be honest with you finding the program very doable at the moment. I currently weigh about 15.5 stone and i am 5ft11 (male). Even tough i can feel myself getting fitter i am not shedding any weight. Is this normal, i know its only been about 3 weeks but i tought i would see a difference on the scales at this stage.
None the less i am really enjoying the running and i hope to do a 10 mile race in October .
It does help keep weight off though.
Also, if your clothes feel looser, you could be losing fat and adding muscle - so the weight stays the same but the waistline goes down (because muscle is denser than fat).
I am 5'11 and was 16 stone when i started the couch to 10k programme 6 weeks ago and I have already lost over 20lbs. I am running more than the programme told me to but according to my heart rate monitor my real calories burned have come from my long mountain bike rides where i can lose 2000-2500 cals. With all that said though - i think the weight loss has come from being strict with what I eat more than ANY of the training! I didn't do any specific diet as such. I have porridge every am. I have salad, a wholemeal pita and grilled chicken or tuna for lunch.. and similar for dinner.
Sort out the diet and the pounds will just drop off., I hope this post serves to encourage you.. GO FOR IT!
Week 1 and 2 i lost about 2-2.5lbs per week
Week 3 and 4 i lost about 3-3.5lbs per week
Week 5 and 6 I lost about 4-4.5lbs per week.
Thanks for the replies, yeah i think i know that you are what you eat. I just love pizza and beer . I will need to cut back, i presume it will make the running easier as well.
Hi Derek, I've lost a stone and a half in the last 6 months and i can confirm that it makes running a LOT easier . I've run up some hills tonight that I wouldn't have even attempted before.
I find that portion sizes are the key to losing weight. you don't have to stop the pizza and beer, just have smaller amounts.
And well done on your first 3 weeks of running
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