Using weight loss as a running goal, burning body fat, adopting healthy habits and losing weight for good
Some of us run to only lose weight, and that’s great. Others may run to increase endurance, while some run to feel the health benefits and mental health benefits. But running to lose weight is one of the most classic motifs going; it’s a great, multi-faceted way to burn more calories, increasing calories burned over time and achieving your weight loss goals.
There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular weight loss methods around the world. It’s accessible, free, benefits many parts of the body, and really helps substantiate your long-term fitness abilities. But it takes a lot of work in many regards, running for weight loss is only worth it if you’re doing everything else right too.
Let’s get into it.
Avoiding the bad stuff
Here are some really easy things to remember but harder to maintain over time. You’ll need these if you want to get the most out of running exploits and lose the weight you dream of every time you go to sleep.
You have to make sure you keep track of how many calories you intake, even if loosely. So many people think they’ve worked out too hard and then proceed to overeat. You may want to think about a calorie deficit in order to truly lose weight, instead of a comfortable reduction.
At the same time, you also want to make sure you haven’t eaten too little. Being famished is really no good, and if you wait long enough, your resistance levels may begin to falter, if even just a bit. If you find you’re being really strict and then all of a sudden your running routine isn’t working, it may be because you’re eating really badly, even if it’s at just one point of the day. A weight loss journey is a journey, but you need to make sure you have your destination planned out – don’t add in spontaneous eating bouts, and make sure to only eat the good stuff.
As for our journey, you want to make sure you’re eating fewer calories than you’re burning. But you also need to understand that it’s a journey, and journeys take time. Think about it – if we could have everything right away, then I doubt we’d even be reading this.
Lastly, coming up with excuses is one of the worst things you can do. Okay, we all do it. But having the ability to recognise weight loss exercise isn’t a ‘when you feel like it’ thought process – so get those running shoes on and running program logged and ready to apply, routine is a great mindset to get into. Lifting weights is one thing (it’s heavy on the energy levels, too) but running, or hey even walking, is all going to help with your weight loss goals, so make sure you’re recognizing this when you’re excusing yourself and could be doing something a little better to sustain your exercise program.
Do I only need to burn calories to lose weight?
People lose weight in different ways when it gets specific but generally, you need to be burning more calories than you take in. Burning fats is a great way to lose weight, of course, but other areas are always good to consider – do the research.