August 28 2016
One runner explores why this always seems true.
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Pounding the pavement and putting in the miles but not achieving the runner physique you pictured? This is very common. Many people start running as a way to lose weight, only to realize it isn’t working as well as they had hoped. Check out the crowd at the finish line of any endurance event, and you’ll see all different shapes and sizes. Why is this?
1. Our bodies constantly adapt to the demands we place on them in order to become more efficient. New runners often lose a few pounds, and then their weight loss plateaus. Run a mile today and burn 100 calories; run the same mile in a few months and only burn 80 calories. You feel like you’re putting in the same effort—but stepping on the scale can be disappointing.
2. You could be running off your muscle, which will decrease your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight. Because running is more of an endurance sport than a strengthening exercise, you will start to burn off muscle if you don’t work to preserve it.
3. Increased appetite—running can make you hungrier. You may not realize it, but you’ll probably end up filling the calorie gap that you burned through during your run by eating more. Combat this by fueling up around your run: Have a healthy snack before and after so you don’t end up starving or overindulging later.