Ramp up your weight loss efforts with these tips
Many people start pounding the pavement as a way to lose weight.
After dropping a few pounds initially, many runners reach a weight loss plateau that can be very discouraging. So why doesn’t the extra exercise pay off all the time?
There are a few explanations that could be leading to your weight loss struggles. Don’t give up on running yet – learn how to make running work for you with a few simple adjustments.
Check out the article for an 8 week training plan:
Pounding the pavement and putting in the miles but not achieving the runner physique you pictured? This is very common. Many people start running as a way to lose weight, only to realize it isn’t working as well as they had hoped. Check out the crowd at the finish line of any endurance event, and you’ll see all different shapes and sizes. Why is this?
2. You could be running off your muscle, which will decrease your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight. Because running is more of an endurance sport than a strengthening exercise, you will start to burn off muscle if you don’t work to preserve it.
3. Increased appetite—running can make you hungrier. You may not realize it, but you’ll probably end up filling the calorie gap that you burned through during your run by eating more. Combat this by fueling up around your run: Have a healthy snack before and after so you don’t end up starving or overindulging later.
Timed Run: (Weeks 1 through 4) Set the clock for 45 minutes and run as far as you can. Each week push yourself to go farther in the same amount of time by increasing your intensity. (Weeks 5 through 8) You’ll set the clock to 60 minutes instead and try to cover as much ground as you can in one hour.