Why You’re Not Losing Weight from Running

Let’s face it, most people start running hoping they’ll lose some weight in a relatively short period of time. The problem is that this often doesn’t happen as quickly as you’d like, or you even end up gaining some weight. Here are a few reasons why this may be happening.

Consuming Too Many Calories

Running burns a lot of calories, but that doesn’t mean you should treat yourself with high-calorie foods whenever you want. A balanced diet is important for weight loss, so try to eat healthy foods that’ll give your body energy to recover after long runs.

You’ve Gained Muscle

Weighing yourself is not the best way to track progress because the numbers on the scale can trick and discourage you. When you start working out, your body slowly starts to build muscle, which is why you even might gain some weight. But if you see some changes in your body measurements that means that the workout is effective.

You Need to Change Your Routine

Even if your workout routine is good and effective, after a few months of repetition it can stop working and you’ll inevitably reach a plateau. This can easily happen to runners who don’t vary the routine, so try to include cardio or strength training into your routine to burn more calories.