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is running enough to lose weight?

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I don't know what else to do? I run 30 mins on the treadmill at least once a week but, what are other effective machine for weigh loss?
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I believe a lot of people have a weight training regimen as well for losing weight. I don't do as much weight lifting as I should, but when I do I make sure to lift heavy. 

As a runner, I hate to say this, but running doesn't really burn that many calories. The net calories is burned per mile is roughly .63 X you weight (in pounds). If you run at a moderate pace of 10 minutes per mile, then 30 minutes will burn 1.89 X your weight --- not exactly stellar. If that is all you're running a week, then anything you burn wouldn't have a significant impact on your weight loss. In fact, you wouldn't even notice it.

As for what can help, anything can. Walk, swim, run, bike, dance, weight lift...being active is much more important than what you do.


I recently started a diet from this local place and the dr has me walking 2 miles 6 days a week and under an hour. Maybe you need to do more than just one day a week! Good Luck and Happy Weight Loss!

Maybe you just need to increase the frequency of your exercise. Make sure you do a minimum of maybe 3 times a week not 1?  I try to do some sort of exercise (mainly running) 5 days a week for 30 minutes. It has helped me drop a few kgs in just 2 weeks. 

Ultimately you can lose weight only if you burn more calories than you consume, so in theory running once a week while eating at a deficit (no more than 500 calories) would work....

However,  for health benefits, it would be better to do cardio more often (3-7 times a week) and makes achieving the calorie deficit a lot easier for most.

Strength training is also a good idea.

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Walking 2 miles 6 days week sounds easy I am going try it
So far I am on day 3 of doing 2 miles under an hour.

I think running is an "advanced" sport and if you are severely overweight it really isn't the best exercise.  Being overweight and running can cause shin splints, knee problems and stress fractures. 

Effective ways for weight loss are just having a calorie deficit.  I also recommend just walking every day just for 30 min a day will help get you started. 

I also would start doing a bodyweight "lifting" routine if you go to the gym get a lifting program and start lifting weights .  but if you don't have a gym this link has some ideas for equipmentless weight ideas. money-advice#1

Just find small ways each day to add to your activity level and eat at a deficit and you should lose weight.

Running is not the only way to lose weight.  I never run.  It hurts me too much

The most effective exercises for weight loss are fork putdowns and plate pushes.

Losing weight is a slow and steady process and it will take time to show result. This not only reduces weight it’s also increase stamina which give you more energy. For losing weight running is the best exercise I ever heard and you can try cycling also.

Running once a week for 30 minutes?! Do it at least three times a week if you're a beginner.

You're probably only burning 300 calories one day a week, and then probably compensating later by eating a 300 calorie candy bar.

You need to create a daily calorie deficit of 500 calories or more. You must diet, running or any type of training can be really hard on the body in excess.

Besides, your body adapts quickly to any type of training and you expend less calories as your body becomes more conditioned. Vary it up, try resistance training and other forms of cardio with dieting.


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I heard something fantastic the other day "we are no longer hunter's and gathers anymore" or body's need to move everyday and once a week isn't enough. There are many fun things that can help you get moving, biking hiking walking dancing swimming are all fun ways to get started. :)
Original Post by jjmethini:

Running once a week for 30 minutes?! Do it at least no more than three times a week if you're a beginner.

Edited. Build slowly, people.

Original Post by melpiesss:

I heard something fantastic the other day "we are no longer hunter's and gathers anymore"

Did you hear this from the department of redundancy department?

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Replace the running with three days a week of long walks (60 mins or more) and also add weightlifting (squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses).
Lower your consumption calories, up your exercise (to burn more calories) and build muscle. If you have a deficit of 500 calories a day, you will lose a pound a week.

There are many websites that will help you figure out your BMI. I figured out what it takes to keep me at my current weight and adjusted accordingly. I lost 20 lbs in about a month, with healthy eating, calorie counting and at least 30 min of exercise a day.

Good luck.

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First and always, check with your doctor.  Well, to answer your question about machines, I like cycling outdoors in the Canadian summer and using a rowing machine (ergometer) in the winter. Rowing is a total body cardio exercise. Another great cardio machine is the cross-country (or X-country) skier, although those machines are much less common now.  Whatever you do, start slow, brief, and light resistance, and as you become adjusted, increase slightly one (only one) of speed, duration, and resistance each time you feel ready. The other variable is frequency: start with every third day and when you feel ready exercise every second day. Later, after three months and your doctor's approval, you might increase frequency, speed, duration and resistance.

no, that won't do it to assist you in loosing are burining about 250 calories....that isn't even a good snack.  My best weight loss was done with a 1 hour cardio, 1/2 hour weight training 3 days a week and 4 days a week a 2 hour run in addition.  Yes some days there was 3 hours of running in there, but I was preparing for a 1/2 marathon and ran at lunch and then again in the evening to get my mileage in.  If you can only walk, that is a good place to start, but I would get a weight training book from the library and a set of weights and get pumping too.  Easly done at home without too much equipment.

I lost 60 lbs in 18 months...slow, but guess what, those folks who went on goofy diets all gained their's back!!  The turtle always wins the race.  Argh...still have 50 to lose

get a 10 or 15 lb kettlebell, some kettlebell exercises off the internet, then work hard 45 seconds rest 25 seconds, go for 15 to 20 minutes. ride and exercise cycle hard for 30 seconds slower for 30, fast for 30 etc. dance with kicks and jumps to music with a great beat.  these are a few things you can do and there are loads of others. the internet is loaded with free exercise regimes. good luck!

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