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Running For Weight Loss - How to Lose Weight Fast
By George Mitchell

Running for weight loss is one of the best ways to lose weight. Many people have found that cardio workouts are one of the most effective means of dropping the pounds.

Of course, there are right and wrong ways to lose weight running. That's not to say that any kind of running won't work, because it will. However, some ways are faster than others.

Vary your speeds

One thing to avoid is just going at a constant speed the entire workout. Yes, you will still drop the pounds, but not nearly as fast as if you change up your speeds. The reason is, you only burn calories while running, and as soon as the workout ends, the calorie burning stops as well.

The way to do it is to vary your speeds, and not just go at the same speed the whole time. This way, you will actually continue burning calories for as many as eighteen hours following your workout. You can't beat that.

Part of the workout has to be sprinting. After you do this briefly, now do lower intensity exercising, either by just jogging or even walking. Continue following this method of speeding up, then slowing down, speeding up, slowing down, etc.

When sprinting you don't have to go any longer than ten seconds and then follow this with lower intensity for half a minute. You should probably try this pattern for roughly six minutes, and then have a two minute break.

This will help you maximize your results. Do this process three times, meaning your workout will be just under a half hour.

This method not only makes it easier to loss weight but also more fun. After all, who wants to just go at the same speed for a half an hour straight?

This can get particularly boring if you are just using a treadmill and staring at the wall the whole time. Varying your speeds will keep you interested regardless of whether you are working out indoors or outdoors.

Foods to eat

However, to go along with running for weight loss, don't forget that healthy eating is critically important as well. The only way you will lose weight is by losing more calories than you are taking in; if you follow this workout by eating a half pound burger, you will probably still lose weight but not nearly as fast as if you watched your diet.

What kinds of foods should you eat? Whole grains, fruits and veggies are always great, and I would strongly recommend you stay away from meat and dairy products as much as possible.

Once in a while is okay, but too much will hinder your efforts as well as your overall heath. If you need to, having one junk food day a week will minimize the damage.

Also, make sure to jot down everything you consume in a journal, and keep this up for two to three weeks; often times looking at the foods you eat will make it much more obvious the areas you need to change.

Many people have no idea what they've eaten over the past several weeks, so seeing it written out could come as quite a shock, which is often a good thing. If you do follow these running for weight loss tips and eat healthy, you will maximize your efforts and will start dropping the pounds very quickly.

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