Running is probably my least favorite activity to do. Treadmill running really stresses me out. I would much rather run outdoors than run indoors. Playing sports where I have to run is much more appealing than running for the sake of running. This article will answer the question, “is running effective for weight loss?”
Despite my dislike for running, it was consistent running that helped me lose 25 pounds coupled with portion controlling my meals. Trust me, I was absolutely shocked when I discovered that I actually had to lose 25 pounds.
One day during my first clinical rotation after my first year of graduate school, I stepped on a scale in the clinic. I distinctly remember taking off my belt and shoes, removing my wallet from my pants and my cell phone from out of my pocket. I did this to cut out any excess weight from the final reading. After cutting out all the excess baggage I stepped on the scale and to my utter disbelief, it read 199.9 pounds. I couldn’t believe it. All those late night study sessions fueled by late night fast food had finally caught up to me. For my body, 199.9 pounds was simply too high! I couldn’t believe that I had let my weight get that high.
So I turned to running and controlled eating. I tracked and portioned all my meals and ran every night I got back from my clinical, for 1 whole month. I had one goal on my mind and that was to drop my weight and get back to my peak high school and undergraduate weight of 175 pounds. By the end of that one month, I was able to return to my desired weight.
Jedi Mind Trick
A recent study by Danish researchers followed 538 first-time runners for a whole year. The researchers found that the runners who identified weight loss as the primary reason for their running, coupled with eating clean dropped an average of 12 pounds. These subjects were also more likely to stick to running for the long term. The individuals in the study who identified socializing, competing, and improving overall health, lost an average of only 1 pound.
Making up your mind that weight loss is the primary reason for your runs seems to actually help you drop more weight. Know your why! Master your brain and your body will follow suit. It turns out that all those Star Wars movies were actually real. The Force is legit!