Running is regarded as one of the best ways to lose weight. Besides, it builds up your stamina, tones up muscles. We help you explore why running alone may not help in losing weight.
Scale up your intensity
If you are running at the same speed every day at the same distance, you are likely to reach a weight loss plateau. Your body would adjust to the running schedule and may not give you weight loss if that’s what you are after.
Build on the intensity of your effort. Even if it is for a shorter period of time. For instance, if you are running at 3 miles per hour for 30 minutes, you could look at running at 7 or 8 miles an hour for say 5 minutes in those 30 minutes. Various researches have proved that shorter and more intense workouts are more likely to help you lose those calories than longer less intense ones.
Do not obsess yourself with the weighing scale
Look at other ways to measure the benefit of running. You would have a more toned lower body; inch loss around the waist and slimmer thighs. Do not obsess with just the weighing scale yet. It just might end up de-motivating you.
Mix your running with other forms of cardio exercise
Bring on some spice to your running regime. Mix your cardio with swimming or cycling or yoga. Do not let your body get used to a single way of exercise, else you may not see too much weight loss.
Combine it with wiser diet
Do not pig-out post work out as a way to reward yourself. Eat sensibly. If workouts are making you famished, have a pre-workout snack like a cup of curd or half a banana to help you sustain the cardio. Running is just a part of weight loss project but diet has to be modulated to get the best result out of it.
Running too much or too less
If you are running too much or too less, your body may, in fact, start to give you adverse results. If you think running twice a week for 20 minutes will give you results, think again!
Likewise, if you are running 4 times a week for two hours each day, you might actually see yourself piling on belly fat. It is due to a hormone cortisol that our body releases when it is under too much stress. In the longer run, you may even disrupt your immune system, metabolism and thyroid levels along with higher weight.