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Reader Stories: How Running Helped Me Lose Weight


Updated June 22, 2011

Did running help you lose weight? Tell your running weight loss success story and share your weight loss tips with other runners.

Future Marine Loses 60 Pounds

At first, I ran 4-5 times a week, coupled with muscle work outs and taekwondo twice a week. On Monday and Tuesday, I would run 2 miles at my capable speed, running at intervals (.25,.50, 1.0); these …More

Group Running and Healthy Eating Helped Me Lose Weight

I run with my running group 2 days a week and alone 3 days. I rest 2 days. I changed my eating habits (mainly because of Weight Watchers) and I never missed my workouts. I feel great and I've never f…More

Running Helped Me Lose 30 Pounds

I ran everyday, at least 30 minutes to 45 minutes every day for 3 months after that I had lost 30 pounds. After I lost all the excess weight, I stepped it up with 60min + runs every day and I also ad…More

Running Helped Me Lose 36 Pounds

My total weight lost was 36 lbs. I tried to run at least 4 times a week. After 12 months, I was running 5 to 6 days a week. The real trick to the weight loss was decreasing sugar and fat intake. Don'…More

Running Helped Me Get Stronger and Healthier

I remembered how in middle school, I had joined the cross country team and enjoyed it immensely. I decided to take up running as my main cardio workout. I began my training by 10 minutes of jogging …More

Group Running Helped Me Lose Weight

I lost a moderate amount of weight with boot camp but the big weight loss came when I started running with Sendera Ranch Running Club. My current weight lost is 20 lbs. Wow -- what a big difference I…More

Exercise and Good Eating Leads to Improved Health

I started to do brisk walking every day for all 7 days a week at least for 45 minutes for a day (as I was too heavy to jog) and at the same time I took a well balanced diet and reduce the amount of c…More

Running and Walking for Weight Loss

I started walking 30-40 minutes for three days in a row. Then I jogged for intervals of 3-4 minutes and walked 10 minutes for about two weeks. Then I increased the jogging interval time with less wal…More

Running Helped Me Lose 40 Pounds

Watching my portions and running. I still have 20 to go. I do need to get on a regular schedule. I struggle at night. I am an early riser so 5 am hitting the pavement is not bad. Consistency is impor…More

Running Helped Me Lose 30 Pounds After Pregnancy

I started the couch to 5k program from itunes in May 2010, weighing 153 lbs. After finishing that, I found that I really enjoyed running, and decided to do 6k, then 7, one thing led to another and n…More

Running Helped Me Lose 70 Pounds

Initially, I started working with personal trainers at Fitness Together. I needed lots of support and expert advice. One of the trainers convinced me to take up running as a way to get over a weight …More

Soldier Shapes Up for Homecoming

I worked out in intervals. I would work out for two days and take a break the next then another two days and another break and so on. I would run each of those days at least three miles and do ab wor…More

Running Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds

I lost weight by completely taking soda out of my daily life and drank more water or low-sugar juices. I munched on more fruit during the day too. Running was really hard at first because I ran out o…More

Running Helped Me Lose My "Comfort Fat"

I started with a warmup jog of 10-15 minutes and then switched to weights (build leg and ab muscle -- you'll get less tired when you run) then I'd go back to the treadmil and push out 1 mile I've man…More

Running Off the Pounds

I started to run/walk and was able to run continuously for a mile after a few miles. I signed up for a 5K to make sure I'd stick to the running. I also keep track of everything I eat in an online foo…More

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