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RUNNING AND NOT LOSING WEIGHT?

FRUSTRATED THAT RUNNING DOESN’T SEEM TO BE SHIFTING THOSE POUNDS? YOU CAN EASILY GAIN WEIGHT AS A REGULAR RUNNER, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT

Running is one of the best forms of exercise for burning calories. It can burn around 10 to 15 calories per minute depending on your age, weight, fitness level and the intensity of your run. When I first started running, I was amazed by how quickly the pounds fell off. But then the weight stopped coming off and a few pounds began to creep back on, even though I was still running regularly.

Professor John Brewer, head of applied sports science at St Mary’s University (stmarys.ac.uk) and author of Run Smart (£12.99, Bloomsbury), warns against relying solely on scales. “Runners burn on average around 100-120 calories per mile, which raises energy output for the day”, he says. “So long as extra food isn’t eaten to compensate, the pounds will start to drop off, but because people sweat and lose fluid when they run, weight loss in the early stages can seem quite dramatic. The reality is that some of this is related to short-term fluid loss, rather than long-term loss of body fat.”

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About Women’s Running

Ever thought about how your favourite hobby might impact the environment? Grab yourself the May issue of Women’s Running, to find out more about your carbon running footprint – and how you can reduce it. With advice on everything from the best ethical running kit, to making your own drinks and fuel, to starting run-commuting, you’ll find an abundance of ideas on how to become a more eco-conscious runner. And you won’t be short of inspiration. Read how cover star Lizzie Carr transformed from a high-flying city girl to a passionate environmentalist and adventurer, and how contributing editor Claire Chamberlain managed to beat her 10K PB, after transitioning to a vegan diet. As ever, you’ll find the usual training advice, including the lowdown on all things tapering, and regular Best in Test gear reviews – this month, WR testers have reviewed the latest minimal, neutral and support shoes, so grab yourself a copy to find out which shoes came out on top!