Running and Weight Loss

by Leah
(New Zealand)

I have been on a diet for 4 weeks and been hard out running and I have put on weight. It sucks and I want to give up, is there any reason for why I am gaining?

Answer by Dominique:

Hi Leah,
Thanks for your question about running and weight loss.

I understand it can be very frustrating when you are working hard towards a goal and you see the results not going anywhere.

The reasons why you are gaining weight are possibly one of the following:

1) Even though you are running and dieting you are still taking more calories in than you burn. Also see this Running for Weight Loss question that I answered recently.

2) Maybe your diet is very strict, so strict that your body has gone into a state of emergency and holds on to the energy with all its might. This can happen, but usually when people are already thin.

3) Your body may be removing fat by muscle. When you run and diet, your fat stores will diminish. Your running will help you grow muscles. Muscles are heavier than fat, so you may find yourself increasing in weight.

So, it's not to say that your running and dieting is not working, it may just take some time before you see the results. One thing is certain: if you stop now, you will not be able to get any improvements.

In the end, if you keep your running going and steadily increase your distances and time spent running and combine this with a healthy diet, then there is no other way than to a healhier, happier, thinner Leah.

Keep it up and even if you do not get to the weight you want, just keep in mind that your healthy diet and your regular exercise provide benefits way beyond losing some weight.

Hope this helps.
Kind regards,

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