Weight loss

Diet or exercise

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20/05/2013 at 21:25

Has anyone managed to lose weight through running alone. Very happy plodding along but can't step away from the choccie. Some veRy slow weight loss but nothing spectacular. No willpower to diet.

20/05/2013 at 21:36

I run alone and I have lost weight.  Do you think having someone to chat to would burn more calories?  I suppose it would.  I might try talking to myself.  Or is it the factor of having someone to compare with?

20/05/2013 at 22:15
You will loose weight for sure, as long as you don't reward yourself with extra after a good week of running. Healthier eating are very likely to follow the more you run.
20/05/2013 at 22:16

imho Running alone (as in not dieting/healthy eating at the same time) might help you lose a little but 'alone' will not see serious weightloss (or keep it off).

I'm lucky and actually trying to bulk up a little. I burn about 500 calories an hour whilst running so to lose 1lb I need to run for around 7 hours - a good healthy diet with an excercise routine will help the weight slip off much faster. I like chocolate too, and beer and fags and....  - you just need to reign it in a little. Don't think 'Diet' think of a healthy eating regime where chocolate plays a small role

cougie    pirate
20/05/2013 at 22:28
You'd have to run huge miles to lose weight and scoff chocolate.
What's a mars bar ? 300 calories or so ?
You'd need to run about 3 miles just to burn that off.

Unless you're an experienced ultra runner - it won't work.

You can have a bit of chocolate - but unless you're burning more calories than you're eating - forget about losing weight.
20/05/2013 at 22:55

How about eating clean ( no processed foods, or very little if you can not do 0 processed) and having some dark choc like Lindt in the evening. You wont be denying yourself and you will have loads of energy for a run. =)

21/05/2013 at 10:06

Like others have said, running by itself will not bring any notable weight loss. But it will still hugely improve your health - which is a very important consideration).  And, of  course, it will help to provide some level of weight control.

If you keep on running for weight control, eventually I'd expect your willpower to slowly increase.  I think you'll start to decrease chocolate portion sizes... and frequency with which you eat it, without thinking too much about it.   Then you're onto a virtuous circle.

21/05/2013 at 11:50

Diet is the best way to get to the right weight. Don't think of "a diet" as cutting back - think of it as getting to the right amount of food for what you want your weight to be. Sustainability is the goal.


Too many people think of a diet like a boxer cutting weight before a weigh in. It should be more about staying in a sensible weight range, and if you cut back to what you will need at that point, and do the running on top, you'll gradually float down gently to the right weight.

And yes this can still include lots of chocolate as long as you're sensible with everything else.

21/05/2013 at 18:40

I'm trying a different approach myself. I don't eat much chocolate but tend to snack on crisps and such. Quite a bit of the protien I eat is processed and looking at new figures I should be eating a lot more protien. So when i feel hungry I try to snack on lean meats like chicken breast or turkey. Hopefully it's helping my muscles recover after the long runs and cuts down the amount of fats and carbs I eat.

21/05/2013 at 20:59

So many words of wisdom here. Time for a strict talk with myself. I still can't quite understand how I can get up at 5.00 to go for my runs regardless of weather  (well, apart from snow) but can't give up the sweets. But will take on board all the advice given above - thank you - and try and get a grip on this.


21/05/2013 at 22:30

i think it's nearly impossible to loose weight through running alone. 

Seriously... You need to loose 3,500 calories a week to loose 1 lb. That is around 30-50 miles EVERY WEEK to loose 1lb if you don't add 1 calorie to yodue food to make up for the running.

Last marathon I did 2,200 calories lost.... Good luck loosing weight through running alone.

you will change your body shape easily, and you will look as if you have lost wright, but I doubt you will actually loose much weight.

21/05/2013 at 22:35

Sorry... Just realised everyone had already said that... My post was a waste "ditto" would have done 

22/05/2013 at 08:58

That's pretty standard for 99% of my posts though booktrunk, If I had to be original in every post, I wouldn't post!



22/05/2013 at 09:06

If you haven't got the willpower to watch what you eat you don't want to lose weight enough.  Weightloss is so bloody easy it should be on a GSCE paper.

22/05/2013 at 18:55

Keep your meal portions small but maximise on nutritional value, and sure have a treat, but check the calories on the back of the packet.  I try to keep my treats to no more than 170 calories.

Also, you need to be burning more calories than you're consuming.....

Gym sessions are excellent for burning calories as are faster runs.

Don't let yourself get ravenous either, so have something to keep yourself going until dinner time like a couple of crackers with cottage cheese on.

22/05/2013 at 20:09

Fresh fruit. It was a huge key in my diet threw out all my sweets and replaced them with fresh fruit

22/05/2013 at 21:21

Thanks again. 

Booktrunk I have read your marathon posts. Very inspiring. It's on my bucket list.


22/05/2013 at 21:40


I have to say.... Crossing the line was awesome. You feel so good! It's utterly awesome. 

Knowing you've put X training in it's just makes it so worthwhile. It's really YES I did this.


23/05/2013 at 11:11

I don't think losing weight is easy, society and particularly advertising seems designed now to fatten people up even when they think they're making healthy options.

As a few others have said running low to medium distances is less significant than diet. But I think being a runner is quite a boost to the psychological battle of losing weight. I think it promotes a better self image and helps focus on living a healthy lifestyle.

I think if you just try and cut out processed food and drink it is a big help. I don't think some 'healthy snacks' are benifical either. It used to be frowned upon to eat between meals. I think we only do so now because the food industry want to sell more products.

23/05/2013 at 13:22

The Cochrane Library - Exercise for overweight or obesity

"We found that exercise has a positive effect on body weight and cardiovascular disease risk factors in people with overweight or obesity, particularly when combined with diet, and that exercise improves health even if no weight is lost."

Also - Diet or exercise, or both, for weight reduction in women after childbirth

"Preliminary findings suggest that diet combined with exercise or diet alone compared to usual care seemed to enhance weight loss during postpartum... it seems preferable to lose weight through a combination of dieting and exercise to dieting alone because exercise is thought to improve circulation and heart fitness, and to preserve lean body mass."

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