Posted: 02/10/2012 at 08:15
Hi mate, the running for waste loss thing is hard to get your head round sometimes. Quite simply weight loss comes from consuming less calories than your burn but for some of us we end up overcompensating for what we burn running by increasing what we eat.
I started running at 17.5 stone but got injured straight away, so lost my first stone in the kitchen ... mainly cutting out excess carbs and sugary snacks.
I trained for VLM this year and barely lost anything as I used to think eating pasta etc was healthy for runners but in reality its great to load before a big race or if you are already at an ideal weight but Carb loading for the guy trying to burn fat means you'll burn the pasta off not the fat.
I started London marathon at 15 1/2 stone and I'm now closer to 13 1/2 through lifting weights, cardio but most importantly getting nutrition correct. At your weight if you are aiming for weight loss and running I'd imagine you'll lose a pound or so a week if you consume 2000 calories a day. At present you must be eating more than that (you may total it up but if you are not losing weight you are totalling it wrong). Just an example, that smoothie that you think is great for weight loss ... assume 200 ml of semi skimmed milk, 1 banana, 100 grams of berries and you could be looking at 350 kcals (a 5k run!). The smoothie is great nutritionally but not if it is on top of what you were eating before.
Bottom line, if you want to lose weight you are going to need to know every calorie that goes into your body for maybe a month (myfitnesspal app will help). After a month you'll have lost weight and have a good knowledge of what food has what kcals... if you've not lost weight it'll be as you are underestimating portion sizes.