How to lose Weight and be a Better Runner
Your poor feet. They want to be fit and maybe do the cha-cha but instead got to deal with the pressure of extra weight because maybe you’re a bit too heavy. They want to groove and move but are instead pushed down, slam, bang, into the hard ground. This is what they mean when talking about weight bearing activity. Got it.
Now if you try to run in such a condition you might end up experiencing plantar fasciitis, pain at the bottom of the feet. This will definitely make your running suck. So this post is about how to lose weight and be a better runner.
Ditch The Diet Pills
Pushing diet pills is not my style. Yeah, I know there are many diet pills and supplements that claim to help you lose weight fast. The thing is that your body doesn’t much like this option. You have to appreciate that inside you is a nice balance of chemicals that keep you functioning.
Diet pills have a nasty way of disrupting that balance. When you take diet pills, your body sends you a message saying you’re messing up my system. You experience side effects and your hunger is suppressed. This is definitely not a healthy or beneficial thing.
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To Diet or Exercise
Okay, now that we have ditched the pills which is more effective in helping you lose weight, diet or exercise? Obviously, in the perfect world you would exercise regularly, develop a sensible and nutritious diet, get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. That would help effectively return your body to its ideal weight. But if you had to choose one or another, exercising or dieting, which is the most efficient and healthy way to lose weight?
It’s a Mind Thing
Sometimes your brain just likes doing one thing more than the other. A study out of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health indicates that when you spend time on one action or habit, that often creates less time for another activity. You are focusing all your time and energy on exercise so your diet suffers, or vice versa.
In handful of studies published in Psychological Science. 1,200 participants in South Korea, China, France, Canada and the United States were asked what they believe the main factor is that keeps people overweight. Height, weight and other measurements were taken.
An Interesting Revelation
The shocking revelation was, people who believed fitness and exercise was a more important factor for weight loss than proper diet and nutrition actually had higher BMI numbers. They had more body fat. This is because your weight loss mentality impacts your food choices. If you believe exercise is more important than diet for losing weight, you don’t pay as much attention to what you are eating and how much you are eating.
And if you believe that proper diet and nutrition removes more weight than exercise, you are more inclined to pay attention to what you put into your body.
How Much Chocolate to Eat
Just to see if you’re putting it together, here’s a little quiz
Let’s say you were offered some of that chocolate above. If you believe that staying active is a key to losing weight would you eat more or less than your diet-minded counterpart?
It turns out that you’d most likely eat more.
For instance, in one of the above referenced studies, the volunteers were offered unlimited chocolate. Time and again, those that believed staying active was the key to losing weight ate more than their diet-minded counterparts.
I wanted to explore this mental link between diet and weight gain because I don’t see it mentioned much out there . Yes, I see a lot of “believe you can do it…rah, rah, rah”, but not the clear explanation of exactly how exercise-minded and diet-minded individual beliefs impacts success when it comes to losing weight.
Taking Advantage of Your Weight
Here is some good news about weight bearing activity when it comes to walking. Since walking is indeed a weight-bearing activity it turns out that you’ll burn more calories than those who have less.
What is The Best Exercise?
Okay, we got the diet thing out of the way. Let’s talk about walking. It’s the best exercise to help you prepare for running. Now you can have happy feet. maybe not do the cha-cha, but you can skip the slam, bang, into the ground bit because walking is a low impact exercise.
Walking Can Help You Get To And Maintain A Healthy Weight
Walking particularly at a quick pace and doing it regularly can help you get to and then maintain a healthy weight. Yes, you still need to watch what you eat and aim for a healthy diet, but walking can be another tool to help you drop those extra pounds.
The nice thing about walking when you’re overweight, as I said, is that you burn a lot of calories, even on short and slow walks, simply because you’re carrying so much weight around with you. As you start to lose the weight, your overall strength and endurance increases, allowing you to walk longer, further, and faster. You can also use a pedometer to help track your walking.
The Star- Spangled Banner Test
If you can get someone to walk with you, then you might try having a conversation to see if your pace is okay.
If you’re so short of breath that you can’t keep up a conversation, you should slow down. Your body is saying I’m not ready yet. However, if you can sing the Star-spangled Banner you’re going too slow. Pick up the pace.
Let NetFlix Help
You can even walk in place at home in front of your TV. Here’s a simple little idea to get you moving more. As you’re sitting on the couch at night watching TV, get up during commercial breaks and march in place until your favorite TV show comes back on.
If you’re using a service like Netflix, make yourself walk in place for 10 minutes in between episodes. Or turn on the TV and challenge yourself to march in place during the entire show. Time will fly while you’re having fun watching TV and moving.
A Bit Info on Your Hormones
If you’re reading this post you most likely know the usual chitchat about cutting back on fatty, saturated and fast foods. You probably also know the tip about drinking lots of water, which is often times all your body requires when you think you are hungry.
Here is something that you may not know. Runners have shown after exercises to have significantly higher blood levels of a hormone called peptide YY, which has been shown to suppress appetite. Walkers usually do not have increased peptide YY levels.
So to eat less, you will need to run. But that’s okay. You now have an approach that will help you do just that. It all starts with a good walk.
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