Bespoke Body in Six Weeks

Re-draw your personal silhouette with tailored precision with a running-focused plan

by Fiona Bugler

running weight loss

You won't see many overweight runners, and there's a good reason for this. The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other is the best way to shift excess pounds.

An average 11st person running at steady nine-minute-per-mile pace burns a pizza-absolving 774kcal in an hour, compared with, say, 493kcal when cycling. And, according to a study at Yale University School of Medicine, US, running's metabolic boost means that if you run for four hours a week, you'll melt more calories than non-runners, even when you're not running.

But lacing up your trainers can do more than shift numbers   on the scales - fine-tune how you run with our plans and you can tailor your body with Savile Row perfection.

Which plan?

Can't run yet? More than three stone to lose? Follow Plan A to build strength, prep your body for running and lose a stone in six weeks. 

New(ish) runner and want to burn belly fat? Follow Plan B to leave  your belly behind (and run your first 5K race).

In each plan, you'll run three times a week and do two circuit sessions. A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that a mix of cardio and strength training offers the greatest reduction in body fat. You'll also hit new running targets and by the end of each plan, you'll be ready to progress to the next (see Part 2, coming soon) to meet your evolving body goals.

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is it just me??

or can everybody else open the plan b running plan, it seems to going straight to the circuit exs and not the runs?

can anyone repost what it says please, looking for a 3 session / week plan that isnt going to be too brutal?


many thanks

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 23:19

It's not just you; that's all I can see as well.

Posted: 29/11/2011 at 11:04

cheers thought i was doing something wrong!
Posted: 29/11/2011 at 11:07

It is great to see these as I've struggled to get to my racing weight for years.  Actually managing to put on weight training for the London Marathon in 2007 and training this year for my first Ironman 70.3.  I have though over the last two and a half months managed to get down to what feels like a great weight for me training hard and following the Carol Vorderman detox diet.  It actually feels like this one has worked and is sustainable.  I talk all about it in my blog (  

Going to incorporate some of the ideas from Plan C and see if that puts me in even better shape!

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 11:32

Hello! Are plans C and D going to be published as well? I've finished plan B and am looking for something to help me progress as steadily... thanks!
Posted: 12/02/2012 at 19:25

second Melanie's comment re: C and D.  Missed jan 2012 issue so need to keeo up the good work.


A nearly back running runner

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:19

Would be good if I could open 'Plan B'. However, the page just goes straight to the 'Oops can't find it page'.
Can anybody HELP?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 11:05

As above can anyone help with plan b please?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:11

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