Questions about running for weight loss.

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  1. killerZees

    killerZees OT Supporter

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    I need to lose like 15 - 20 pounds. I was thinking of taking up jogging to aid me in doing so.
    If I eat healthy and do a slow jog (10 min mile) for 2 - 3 miles daily will this be enough?
    Is it better to say do 12 min miles for 3 - 4 miles?
    Whats the best way to speed up so I can eventually do say 3 - 4 7 min miles?

    Thakns.
     
  2. ay thunderrcat

    ay thunderrcat You can have all the hoes, I'm gon keep the women.

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    no gym for home?
     
  3. Elfling

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    2-3 miles daily is only 200-300 calories. Running is fine, but you need to lift weights + watch your diet as well or you'll just end up skinny fat- or you'll end up not losing anything because you're eating too much for the running to have an effect.
    And no, it won't really matter if you do 10 minute or 7 minute miles for weight loss purposes. Only matters if you're racing, really.
     
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    Diet is 100x more important for weight loss than how far or how fast you run.
     
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    I can totally vouch for that.
     
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    Every cardio session doesn't need to be intervals. Moderate steady state cardio is perfectly legitimate for weight loss.
     
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    I like this thread and hope it goes somewhere. After learning in the eighties and nineties that running/cardio was great for weight loss and overall health, it shocks me that the folk in this forum tout lifting over it. I dunno who is right, or what the problem with cardio is, except for the brolies who lose muscle mass from it.

    I just remember a day and age when running = really good for you.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    IMO, running is the best, most effective way of losing weight. And I have disagree with everyone who says you must lift along with it. I look better than I've ever looked and all I do is run. Granted, I'm up to 7 miles 5 times a week now, but still. Lifting weights is great, but not for everyone.

    I would do AT LEAST 3 miles when you're first starting out and work your way up from there....and don't worry about how fast you do it. Speed will naturally come to you. :)
     
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    3 sessions of 30 minute eassssssssy cardio on the elliptical machine on top of my 3 weights sessions per week and i lost 4 belt notches in 4 weeks whilst watching my diet a bit.. shit doesnt need to be hard, just consistent :dunno:
     
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    It is good for weight loss. And great for cardiovascular.
    The only problem is that if you don't incorporate any resistance training, you're not minimizing the loss of lean mass compared to fatloss.
     
  12. Elfling

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    Nope.

    Not to mention that, if you're running outside, you get natural variance in your pace and terrain by default.
     
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    i run for 1 hour and 30 minutes 6 days a week to make up for my shitty diet (i suck at self control) and lift 3x/week.
     
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    Jesus. Overtrain much? Suck it up and learn to control your diet :dunno: It's tough, that's my personal struggle, but it beats endless mindless hours of cardio.

    Unless you run to be an endurance weenie in which case, carry on!:wavey:
     
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    i like having good endurance but yea its mostly cause i suck at controlling my diet.
     
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    I'm thinking eating disorder...
     
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    Is it in yet?
    Yeah but now there are cool little watches that give pace, speed, distance, calories, and terrain change :eek4:

    Its easier than ever to keep track of everything you accomplish while running :eek3:
     
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    Should I be running on a tred mill or outside? I thought a tredmill would be better but now I dont know.
     
  20. Elfling

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    Burn more calories outside, and you're really running. Treadmill isn't quite the same since you're really just hopping on the belt. However, in bad weather or such, it's a valid option.
    I still did some treadmill running for race training, but in general outside > treadmill.
     
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