5 Reasons Why Running Doesn’t Lose Weight

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Running is an accelerated form of walking which provides great relaxation and a fresh mind after it is done. Running is always better than walking which is a very cute and simple form of exercise suitable for elder people. The environment of your run should be pleasing to perform a wide range of runs.

On the other hand, if it seems to be polluted and dirty then the runner would feel restrained while running. Many beginners start with the treadmill and run as much as they can. They start sweating like heavy downpour thinking they might have lost a good percentage of calories. But, it is not true. Runners lose their calories only in a minimum amount while they are on run.

I know some of my friends witnessed weight loss by doing trampolining. Most of the gym and workout trainers also agree that jumping on trampoline reduces the weight. People mostly recommended using the outdoor trampolines to workout. It is completely different in the case of running.

In running, initially, their reduction in the fat and calorie level would be frequent but, as time fleets the reduction in the calorie level would start to reduce and then you have to choose some other sort of exercise to reduce your fat and cholesterol. Running would certainly provide you with good stamina, withstanding power, endurance, and relaxation from any sort of mental depression and endows you with a stability of mind and good concentration. Collectively, running can provide good memory, concentration, and such other benefits, but losing weight beyond a particular level is nearly impossible. There are some factors which explain why running does not make anyone lose weight. Let’s have a glance at it.

Running cause intense hunger

While a person is on run at first his steps would be soft and gentle; as time moves on he starts sweating, meanwhile, his steps would become vigorous and tough. As he proceeds he would pant heavily with incessant drips of sweat and the runner would compare his panting degree and sweat to the amount of calorie lost. A runner would lose around 100 calories if he runs for a distance of 1 mile which depends on the rate of metabolism of that particular person.

When the person runs continuously, his lungs get a good amount of oxygen which is taken to each cell which in turn expels some salts from the body. Due to this process, the runner feels tired, thirsty and hungry. This hunger leads to excessive consumption of normal food. Thinking, that he has run enough, people start consuming a good amount of food to satisfy his hunger. As the cells are deprived of many nutrients they absorb more nutrients than usual, resulting in weight gain. So it is very crucial to think about the cardio and running exercise and to which degree you do it. Running at a good speed till an acceptable distance would be fair when compared with running rudely for hefty weight loss.

Scale- a trickster

When a person runs on a treadmill, he would definitely see a small monitor simply displaying the digital count of the speed of the treadmill, the number of calories you burn etc. Remember, that a person running for 1 mile can burn 100 calories, but the treadmill would inform you about the burnt calories in thousands which would make you happier and boosts you to make a fast run. Take it as a real stimulant and not as an exact scale of the burnt calories.

In other words, the scale which you read on the machine is like a trickster. Wear a calorie counter watch and initialize it. Now start running on your treadmill. You will notice the drastic difference between the reading shown by the treadmill and the counter watch. But, don’t get panic that your watch doesn’t work properly; the real issue is on the treadmill. Having confidence in the treadmill, people think that their calories are excessively burnt but the overall result is that they don’t lose weight.

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Other cardio exercises

Cardio is an aerobic exercise which keeps your heart and lungs healthy. Mostly cardio workouts are done for the purpose of weight loss. It includes walking, running, jumping, swimming, skipping, combat workout, basketball workout, yoga etc which provides visible results. Dancing can also be treated as a cardio exercise. Initially, even if running as a cardio exercise prove to be weight deducting workout as days go, your muscles and other inner organs would very much adapt to the changes.

After that adaption, even if you run, it would not reduce your weight as your metabolism would also adapt to it. It has been found out after a prolonged research that cardio other than running or a mixed cardio workout would reduce your weight. This is because your body and the metabolism would not adapt to a particular change when you constantly switch to different cardio workouts. In such cases, cycling on an inclined plane would burn more calories and build fat rather than running which would end up a void.

Not longer, but faster

Even though running is difficult to do for beginners, they would be able to adapt to it within a week. From the second week onwards, it would be like a regular task. Now in order to intensify this workout, people tend to travel little longer distance than usual coverage and after some days they go for some more long distance.

As you go longer, your body adapts to it but the amount of weight loss after such a long run would be minimal. This is because people aim to travel longer but they never think to faster on the same distance which would make them travel a short distance. Try to travel the same distance with a good speed rather than traveling faster and this practice would be worthier than covering longer distances.


A person running an hour a day is more than enough if he is doing that for the purpose of weight loss. Running beyond one hour would cause the increase in the cortical levels of the adrenal causing stress and resist the insulin. As we know insulin converts the consumed food into energy or to glucose (for future use).

Resistance to insulin allows storage of belly fat which is one of the reasons for the weight gain. Moreover, overdoing running would certainly cause, inflammations, a breakdown of muscle tissue, fat building etc. So, it is always better to have only recommended rate of running in order to avoid weight gain.

This post was last modified on November 18, 2022 1:03 am

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