Could it be possible that you are not eating enough? I have lost weight recently with WW, and have discovered that I need to eat to loose weight, the plan I am on gives a minimum per day and I have been known to be uber keen and not eat enough and find the weight going on or staying the same. The plan also rewards exercise, hence more running meant more food allowance and no damage to weight loss.
Good luck getting to your target weight, I'm sure you can do it
Actually no that's not a typo! And I find your response rather rude.
We aren't ALL marathon runners - we all have to start somewhere and I have gone from being completely inactive and unfit for a good while to building up to getting my body working out again.
I am actually intending to gradually increase my distance, but started out by just walking the mile 4 times a week, then increasing to running with walking intervals, now I can just run the 1 mile 4 times per week. That is what I meant by 'working up' to it. And if my mere mile is insufficient to ask a perfectly polite question on a running forum then please do tell me how far I should run before I am allowed to post!!!
Heather - thank you for the advice. I hadn't considered that it might be that. I wouldn't imagine that's the case but will give it some thought! Thanks
Intermanaut - Thank you for that information. I'm a little confused as to whether I should be increasing my milage or decreasing the time I run a mile in. The info on google is so varied.
vivi - I don't think GymAddict was being rude at all. As Intermanaut says -
Intermanaut wrote (see)
Four miles a week will give you a calorie burn of 400kcal - that's about one-ninth of a pound.
1 mile will burn approx 100kcal - you need to be running approx 35 miles a week to burn enough kcal to loose 1lb so your exercise will have little or no effect on your weight. This is what gym addict was getting at. You should not be feeling too lethargic to run 1 mile unless you are not eating enough to keep yourself going. You should not be trying to starve yourself to lose weight. Don't stop running though because you are helping yourself to get fit which is more important. Women will have a very hard time losing weight through running. I usually run 45 miles a week and it has no effect on my weight.
I would caution against increasing your milage 'as quickly' as possible - rule of thumb is no more than 10% increase a week. If you want - increase the distance of one run only and increase the speed of one run only - leave the other two runs exactly as they are so that you do
run 1) long 1 mile increasing + 10% each weekrun 2) 1 mile easyrun 3) 1 mile steady (fast) - if you cant run the mile fast then break it up, either start slow; increase pace; finish slow or intervals - slow / fast slow / fast etc.run 4) 1 mile easy
Make sure that you are well hydrated - don't forget your scales will mistake water for fat. Also - measure yourself - this is a better measure of body fat - decrease in physical size. Make sure that you are eating some slow release carbs as well - sweet potato and oats. Add nuts and seeds if you like them.
Allison and -,,,,- - thank you for your replies. That has assisted me a lot and has been really helpful. Thank you
As a side note it wasn't the mention that 4 miles would burn 400kcal that I found rather rude in the afore mentioned message. It was his/her mention of assuming my milage must be a typo and that my post may not be genuine. It was quite unnecessary and the fact that 4 other people have managed to respond to my thread in a constructive and helpful manner just shows how unnecessary his tone was.
I was quite polite and only wanted a little guidance, which the other four posters (you included) have kindly given me and I now think I have a better idea of where to go from here.
So all that being said, Im hopign it's onwards and upwards with my training and I really appreciate the advice
Good carbohydrates-leafy greens???
I was going to come on here and write hundreds of words, but no need - GymAddict has said it all, and better than I was going to say! GA wasn't being rude at all. If you come on here asking for advice, then be prepared to receive it!
One mile just isn't enough, I'm afraid! The body burns approximately 115 calories per mile, which in the greater scheme of things, just isn't enough to get your weight down. Build your mileage weekly - if you have a Garmin or Polar etc, do 1 1/4 miles per day for a week, then 1 1/2 miles per day for a week etc, untilyou're up to a decent distance. You don't have to run the whole way, we're just after a decent amount of cardio to burn off those calories.
As for Weight Watchers/Slimming World/Fat Fighters - don't throw your money away! Just eat healthily an come on here for motivation. Good luck!
so many people struggle on their own...................jopining a club that encourages the right kind of eating helps many people..........especially if you are at the right placein your mind to do it............
I would recommend walking in addition to the building up running....it will cause less chance of injury but will get you exercising and feeling good which will help the weight lose.................
Just 2 years ago I was 4 stone heavier than I am now.I lost the weight through WW and increased exercise. If you want a little read of my journey then have a look at this on page 8.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do, whether it's increased exercise, a weight loss plan or a combination of both. I kept a food diary, and still do , and it helps me stay focused. If you decide to increase your running then slow down, do a combined walk/run programme - say run a mile as you normally do but a bit slower, then walk for 3 minutes then try running again, keep it slow. It's not easy, if it was we'd all be exactly the weight we want to be, but you're head needs to be in the right place first and it sounds as though yours is.
Let us know what you decide to do.
Vivi, just dug out my WW folder.
You say you're 5'10. Well according to WW a healthy weight for you is between 9'13 and 12'6. You really don't need to lose much. If you used to be 10st then, accoring to WW you were almost underweight for your height.
Don't worry to much about having to work up to a mile. It is a short distance but some people start by only being able to jog between lampposts. Just don't limit yourself to constant running at 1st.
The beginner schedules mentioned on here get you to run for a short distance then recover by walking (there's an 8 week one in the Beginner Training Section on this site which I've used and I am just about to finish again after returning from a lay off). They build you up with lots of short reps to begin with, increasing the length of time running as the number of reps reduce. You'll soon build you up to 5K (3.1 mile) or 30 minutes continuous running. From there you can do a 5K race or start training to do a 10K.
The effect of running early on doesn't have a massive calorie burn unfortunately because it isn't long enough in the initial stages. But it will encourage you to change your lifestyle to be more positive and generally healthier and you should feel better for it as well. When you can go out and run for an hour though it does have more of an impact. The science folk say that your body starts burning calories at a greatly increased rate once you get past the intense activity for 25 min mark and it knows you aren't going to stop.
WW is a good idea, their points system helped me to train my brain about the impact of certain foods. You might be suprised which ones cost you and which ones you can have more of. Cooking your own meals based on fresh meat, fish, carbs and fresh fruit/veg I think is the best way of eating well. Be aware though that the human body isn't always a simple as reduce x amount of calories = y amount of weight.
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