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Running Tips for Weight Loss - The Six Metabolism Boosting Weight Loss and Running Tips You Need

Running Tips for Weight Loss, Weight Loss and Running Tips

Have you turned to running as the ultimate answer to weight loss?

But now you are questioning its effectiveness?

Let me help you further.

Running is one of the best ways to lose weight. But you can't just run and expect to lose weight.

There is another important thing to consider and that is your diet. Keep eating more than your required calorie intake in a day and your body won't be able to burn the extra calories unless you work extra hard as well.

So, I know you want to learn about stuff like... should I run fast or slow, should I run in the morning or at night, etc. But you know, it does not matter that much how you run, when you run, etc. It's all about making sure that you run and combine your running with a proper diet.

So, on this page I'd like to talk more about diet/eating than running...

Running Tips for Weight Loss #1: Learn About the Energy Equation

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During the day, going about your daily activities, you use energy. 

How much energy you use depends on what you do during the day.

Eating provides your body with energy

Again, how much energy you actually take in, depends on what you eat and how much.

Now, at the end of the day you have done one of two things:

  • You have burned more energy than you have taken in.

  • You have taken in more energy than you have burned.

  • When you burn more energy than you have taken in, your body needs to resort to burning the fat in your body for extra energy.

    This leads to weight loss. Understanding the energy equation is the first part of your weight loss journey.

    It's not about bone density, genetic factors and other things. Sure, they can be contributing factors or they can make it harder for you.

    But in the end, it's all about how much energy you burn and how much energy you take in. And these are factors that are within your control: via exercise and diet.

    By the way, recommended for anyone wanting to lose weight: the Lose 10 Pounds mini-series. Comes with free Fat Loss Jumpstart ebook!

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    Running Tips for Weight Loss #2: Determine Your Daily Caloric Needs

    Energy gets measured in calories or kilojoules. It's just a unity of energy, like metres and centimetres or inches and feet is how you measure distance. There are different formulas to determine how much energy you need per day.

    A general rule is that females need about 1,800 - 2,000 calories per day and males about 2,200 to 2,500 calories per day to stay at their current weight doing their normal activities. A good tool is available on which is based on your age and gender.

    Now, in order to lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit. You need to burn more than you take in. You can do this by reducing the amount you eat or you can do this by exercising, like running.

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    In order to lose between 1 lbs - 1 kg per week you need to have a daily calorie deficit of about 500 calories. So suppose your normal intake to stay at your current weight is 1,800 calories.

    Then in order to lose 1 lbs - 1kg per week you need to create a 500 calorie deficit per day. You could do this by eating only 1,300 calories per day (not a lot). Or you could reduce what you eat and do some exercise.

    Again, or likewise websites offer excellent tools for this. You can not only calculate your required daily intake to lose weight as discussed before, but you can also use it to keep track of what you are eating on a daily basis and what you are burning off via exercise.

    It's a great tool to use as you become very conscious of what you are eating and what the impacts of that are on your daily total. And I am not just telling you this. I have used the tool, so I know how effective it is!

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    Running Tips for Weight Loss #3: Balance Carbs, Protein and Fat

    There are many different theories out there about how much carbohydrates, protein and fat people need in their daily diets. A range often advocated is 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat, with other sources making the carb-content a little higher (e.g. 50/25/25 or even 60/20/20).

    In the end, you need to make sure you get a good mix of everything inside of you. You need your carbs for pure, raw energy, but protein and fat are important too. Protein helps in muscle repair and fats help in digestion and keeping you feeling full for longer.

    Make sure you focus on so called "good fats", the ones you find in nuts, avocados and olive oil and not so much on the ones found in deep fried snacks. See more on this on the runner's diet page.

    Running Tips for Weight Loss #4: Stay Away From Sugar

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    Sugar intake is linked more and more to the current increasing rate of obesity. 

    For decades and decades the main reason for obesity has been believed to be fatty foods. 

    However, sugar has got much of the same effects as fat.

    It increases the fatty acids in your blood which we can refer to as "porridge in your arteries". This can become the cause of stroke, heart disease and other cardio vascular problems.

    And, contrary to fat, it bypasses some body alarm signals. So the body does not recognise it is full. The result? We keep on eating and get fatter.

    In the book Sweet Poison the author provides a chilling picture of the influence of sugar in our diets. Now, I already didn't eat candy or cookies, only by rare exception. But now that I have read the book, I have banned all sugar from my diet. That means:

  • No more candy or cookies (as mentioned before)

  • No more sugar in my coffee or tea

  • No more fruit juices

  • No more more fruit spreads, like jam/jelly

  • No sweet liqeurs

  • No soft drinks

  • No more sultanas, honey etc.

  • The only products with sugar I regularly eat are fruits like apples, oranges and mandarins. Fruits contain a lot of sugar. And they will cause an increase of the fatty acids in the blood, but the fibre in fruit helps remove those fatty acids. You don't get the same benefits from drinking fruit juice. Fruit juice provides you with plenty of sugar, but hardly any fibre.

    And there is no such thing as good sugar. Many foods get marketed with "only natural sugar", or "no added sugar". Read the label and work out how much sugar is in there

    More than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product? Then I would leave it on the shelf of the supermarket.

    Running Tips for Weight Loss #5: Beware of Low-Fat Products

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    When you are running for weight loss, be really careful with low-fat products. "Low fat" usually means "more sugar". 

    Next time you go to the supermarket and you have got a few minutes, take the acid test. Grab a "full fat" and "low fat" version of a product, e.g. peanut butter and compare the sugar content.

    For many products you will find that the "low fat" product does, indeed, contain more sugar. In some way it is logical. To compensate for that loss of fat, they need something else to keep the taste up.

    So, just be aware of that "low fat" hype the next time you are in the supermarket. Low fat does not necessarily mean healthy. 

    Running Tips for Weight Loss #6: Run/Walk

    Starting to run, especially when you do have significant weight to lose can be daunting and can be very hard. 

    How can you ever start to run when your heart is already racing after you have only run a very short distance?

    The trick is to start by doing a combination of running and walking. Start off by just walking for 10 minutes. Then the next day walk 9 minutes and run 1. Then the next time you walk 4, run 1, walk 4, run 1. Etc. These are just examples, you can do this in any way you like.

    It will take a few weeks, but before you know it you will be running 2 minutes non-stop, then 3 minutes non-stop etc.

    On this site I have got a number of excellent run/walk programs available. Oh, it's not just me calling them excellent by the way.  I get weekly e-mails from users of the programs who tell me how happy they are that they have been able to finish the programs!

    Check them out here:

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    Follow these tips and you will find that running for weight loss is more effective than it has ever been.

    The key to achieving weight loss by running is simple: it is not about running only, your nutrition plays a vital part in this as well.

    Even though you can be very disciplined with your exercise, you should also be disciplined with your diet to ensure successful weight loss.

    I know, easier said than done, but keep on doing what you have done so far, and you'll keep on getting what you have got....

    It's time to make some changes and use these running tips for weight loss to their full effect!

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