Does running help with weight loss?

Choclaterunsjudy asked this question today. Here’s my reply!

IMG_1240IMG_1241I’ve been reflecting on this myself for a week or two and my answer is yes! As the miles have gone down, the weight has gone up (and the back ache/sore knees/sore ankles has reappeared). To be fair I was also doing a low carb diet last summer, but came off that earlier on in the year. Someone pointed out to me that it might not be great for my mental health/mood. I hate to admit it but they might have been correct.

So now, I really want to get back to my 10 miles per week as I don’t want to get any fatter! And I really want to get rid of my joint pains.

It is a challenge! However, I am not defeated😊

Time for another attempt at wk 4 day 3.  Fortunately this cloud has rained itself out this afternoon…


For real!!!! Like something from a disaster movie😜😂😂



About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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16 Responses to Does running help with weight loss?

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    HolySh*t that’s an OMINOUS cloud!!!! It CHUCKED it down here… like serious flood style too, thunder and lightning…
    J you will do it! You have the ‘go’ in you! Watch this space! I can feel the determination in your writing 😘😘😘

  2. Wow! that IS quite the cloud!

    I read once that the “magic number” for weight loss & running is 15 miles per week for men, and something like 20 or more for women. But we’re all different! And I find that I tend to do best on a very loose carb cycling diet — lower carbs on days where I’m not as active, higher on days that I am more active. Again, that’s me!

    • mawil1 says:

      20 miles per week? That would be 2 hours if running 5 days per week for me, not counting all the getting ready and shower time!

      • I ran 19 last week & it took me approximately 4 hours (I’m pretty slow).

        But hey, it’s just a statistic. Stats can lie. If it’s working for you, that’s all that matters!

  3. Paula says:

    Great cloud pic!! Better you than me, lol! Like I told Judy, running doesn’t help me with weight loss. As I’m food sensitive, only diet helps… the exercise is just added bonus, 😃

    • mawil1 says:

      Ha ha! The cloud reminded me of Charlie Brown, with his own little raincloud over his head! It was over my office! Behind me was blue sky with fluffy white clouds! I don’t know if the weight loss was down to the low carb diet or the running – but they both fell apart around the same time and the weight is piling back on now!!

  4. Darlene says:

    Running doesn’t help me lose weight at all. I’m not overweight but I was 10 pounds lighter before I started running. I run at least 15 miles per week.

    I actually lost weight when I was injured and I didn’t run for 5 months (I just sat!!)

    I am someone who needs energy to run. That means I can’t skip meals and I need to eat before I run (and preferably carbs). I also need to re-fuel after. I eat better, more and more often since I starting running.

    I could diet and cut out carbs but my running would suck and I would be grumpy.

    So I have decided to keep running and keep those 10 lbs (unless they disappear mysteriously).

  5. fithotbod says:

    I can’t run… can barely walk with bursitis in my hips and ankles, arthritic knees… I read somewhere that something in fat cells contributes to arthritis. It’s not just because of the strain put on joints.

    That’s why I gotta stay motivated. Weight loss stopped after my second surgery in Jan. Gotta get everything back on track.

    I think going too low carb isn’t sustainable. I want to eat balanced for the rest of my life. Carbs are important and even if you go with the Mediterranean diet, carbs are 40% of your diet.

    Do you stick to certain macros?

    • mawil1 says:

      I don’t to macros. I eat rice for carbs. Avoiding wheat and sugar means no cakes, biscuits, pastry or bread. It also excludes many breakfast cerials. You can manage fine without them nutritionally! I read somewhere that no one ever binged on brown rice and vegetables….. So I can eat as much as I like and I get plenty of carbs from rice, pulses and veg. Its taken a while for me to find the balance of what works for me. But giving up sugar was the big step. I can’t believe that I used to add sugar to my coffee – 4 or 5 cups per day!

  6. I must have missed this post while I was away… (Sorry!) But I certainly agree that running does lead to weight loss, as my little pre-marathon ‘experiment’ proved last year. I find that only running, and not even long hikes going up 1,000m (3,000+ft) or more, helps to reduce my weight.

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