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Readers Respond: What are your weight loss secrets?

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Updated July 12, 2009

From the article: Running for Weight Loss
Many people try to lose weight by running, but they also use other strategies to help drop some pounds. What are you doing, both running and non-running related, to lose weight or maintain your weight? Share Your Tips

Have a Goal in mind

I have lost almost 15kg in a couple months just by eating correctly (but not denying myself snacks). To be successful you can't be so strict, otherwise you will get over it and go back to your old ways. I am now running and doing exercise at least once a day, with hopes of joining the police force.
—Guest KK

How can I lose weight?

Running is Important.But not as much as diet. I've been going for runs/jogs and cutting down my carbohydrates intake and my friends have said that I have lose weight even though i'm still thin for my age.While my friends have been going for runs/jogs but they don't really care about the diets so there's no really any result in them.So I would say that diet is also important.Drink lots of water and PLEASE do not starve yourself as when you starve you may tend to eat a lot after a few days.
—Guest Niki

New to running :D

I started searching information about running on Google for running tips, stretches, workout schedules etc... and after a week of research AND consent from my body, I started running TO LOSE WEIGHT as I aspire to be in the defense forces of my country... and by running 2 times everyday, 5 K each time (Running-Walking-Running-Walking), I eventually lost 10 kgs in 4 months! This is an awesome site guys, please do refer to it time to time :)
—Guest Punit

New Runner

I've been running 3 times a week, spinning 2 times per week, using the "my fitness pal" app to count all my calories and eating a low carb diet. So far down 21lbs!
—Guest Michele

average to six pack

Best way for fat loss I learned, was running at a steady pace to where your not out of breath, then sprint as fast as you can for as long as you can. Rinse and repeat running no less than 25 mins 5 times a week (not including cool down). eat a low Cal high nutrient diet and in 3-4 months you will be stoked!! I also incude 25-30 pushups every 5 mins or so. Mixes it up (outside only of course).
—Guest toddw

Get cut

My cholesterol in Dec 11 was 243. I adopted a "hunter gatherer" diet and the excess weight dropped off pretty quick. Now my cholesterol is 100..! Yep. And, I've dropped 30 lbs. These are the last 30 lbs which are the hardest to lose. Just getting rid of the foods you don't find in nature pretty much will do it. Mostly breads and prepackaged foods. I still fry 3 eggs every day and eat plenty of fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, yogurt, chicken and even steak. Making homemade veggie soups, chilli and other mixes for lunches. I'm finally getting cut rather than being fleshy. All this gives plenty of go for my runs. I run 10-15 miles a week. I also notice that I find myself smiling much more easily these days. Don't know if I just feel better looking at myself in the mirror or that the change in diet has affected my mood. Either way, I'll take it..!
—Guest B

Start the day right

I hard-boil a dozen eggs every Sunday. I have one every morning to start the day with protein that helps me feel full until lunchtime so I avoid snacks. I only allow myself to eat the yolk every other day, because that is where the fat is (although lots of minerals are there too!). Having a bowl of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge means I have an easy, lean protein snack whenever I'm starving, so I avoid going for the easy solution of carbs. The egg white has around 3-5 grams of protein and is very low in fat!
—Guest BlueSwimmer

WhoSaidThat

I had a long time away from skiing, hiking and outdoor recreation. I gained 5 pounds a year for ten years. I had no idea what was happening to me. I lost 40 pounds and I am closing in on the 50 mark. I started run/walks at a special park I love. After two weeks I went to the gym and added eliptical equip "runs" and weight stations. Now I ride my bike to the park and gym. I substituted popsicles for after dinner treat and gave thought to exactly what I was eating and how much. These steps have restored my confidence, health and my mind. Exercise and better food choices are the best gifts you can give yourself. Keep in mind "NO EXCUSES" and just do it. Eat breakfast and drink water.
—DaveBone

Live a Liver Friendly Life...

...and feel the excess pounds melt away, seriously. Fat is burned in only two places in the body: liver and muscle, hence the age-old fat-loss advice of diet (for your liver) and exercise (for your muscles). Best way to optimise the way your liver works (and this is something I've been doing of late and so attest to its efficacy) is to eat fruit until midday (if you work days and sleep nights, your liver is most active from midnight-midday...sorry, but I can't remember the reference to this); fruit contains enzymes and so is self-digesting and will place negligible load on your liver. So it follows that if you free up your liver to play its role it will, amongst many other other things, burn fat far more efficiently. And don't forget to keep on running! Proof of the pudding...
—Guest Ab

BMR

Calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolism Rate) which is how much energy you would use if you stayed in bed all day. The BMR plus all your other activity should exceed calories consumed to lose weight. (Wikipedia has the formula for BMR estimation).
—Guest Call Me Bob

Eat Less & Move More

I had struggled with my weight for many, many years. Yes, I tried almost every diet out there. Whilst, I was able to lose weight. Unfortunately, I was never able to keep the weight off. So I came to the conclusion that I would change my lifestyle. I set out to eat a healthy balanced low fat diet. But I also embarked on regular exercise (which was running). Well the results were absolutely amazing. I managed to lose just over 50 lbs. in 6 months. This was just over 4 years ago. I have since then been able to maintain my weight with ease. How much healthier I feel and look. I really feel like a different woman.
—CAT1402

consistency is key

I make sure I get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Some days it's running, but I also do strength training on off days as well as swimming and biking. Even if I walk for 30 minutes at lunch, at least I'm moving and not getting out of the habit. I think if I went two or three days without exercise, I could easily fall off the wagon. Consistency is the key to my weight loss success!
—Guest killer abs

snack portion control

I used to buy the big bags of chips or boxes of cookies for my kids, and I would find myself grazing on snacks, especially in the evenings. Now I buy the pre-packaged bags of snacks (100 calorie ones) and my snacking is under control. I'm not as tempted any more to "sneak" some snacks and, if I do have a snack, it's limited to 100 calories.
—Guest runner jen

Have Fun

I lose weight over the summer by simply having fun. I lift weights for an hour and play basketball as much as I can. For those short on time, I would toss a football around with a friend, especially one that has no aim, or can throw how you want it. You may work up an extra sweat to run and catch the ball. Lastly, this is my favorite tip: Do something extra. For walkers, you can follow what I do and dribble a basketball while you walk, or walk with light weights. Anything is better than an ordinary, everyday workout.
—Guest thumper

Sit Down When Eating

I've lost 27.5 pounds in a little over 4 months (yep, 1.5 pounds a week) by exercising and sitting down at a table whenever I eat. No more eating in front of the computer, tv, grabbing things on the go, etc. If I'm hungry, I sit down and eat something. If I want a brownie, I can have it, but I have to sit down. I try not to deny myself, but just think before and during the times I eat.
—Heatheralsc

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