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Exercise is great for losing weight but please please dont down play diet. It is very important in a weight loss journey. I know its the hardest part to change but if you start small and build, most likely you will start to see better results. I know its tough but just consider it :) dont eat less eat better. If you give the body the nutrients it wants you'll crave junk food less.

Sorry for the tangent! Haha

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Like Trish said, diet is so important at this stage too - calories out have to be greater than calories in to lose weight. Running helps with the calories out, but you still need to focus on calories in too. I remember reading about weight loss and exercise on numerous forums and inevitably one thing stuck out on each of those forums - people saying "weight loss happens in the kitchen". Keep up the running, it definitely helps, but really track what you're doing for meals too. I've been running since the end of June, and I'm down 18 lbs., but that's really because I also have been watching what I eat (no more snacking on kids treats while putting together dinner - and when my body needs a snack at night, I'm more apt to go for a piece of fruit over ice cream...although I cheat sometimes  :) ). It all comes with time. Plus, it takes a long time to put on weight...takes as much time to take it off in a healthy manner. You'll eventually notice size changes as you stick with the program - just keep running!

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I've lost 4 lbs over the last 4 weeks through portion control and recording it in MyfitnessPal. Getting a solid 8 hrs of sleep is also helping I believe.

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I started eating paleo and lose 15lbs in one month without exercise. I completely cheated and I've been eating bad for about a week now. I'm gonna start using the app for the first time tomorrow and starting paleo again. They say abs are Made in the kitchen.

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So far, I've lost about 8 lbs in 5 weeks. I'm not following any sort of prescribed diet beyond just making sure I'm taking in less calories than I'm burning, getting enough protein/calories/fat per day, and working out (weight lifting/running) when I can. It has been rather busy this month getting ready to move several states away, so it has put a damper on my work out schedule. My trouble now is that I have stopped losing weight almost entirely this past week. I'm assuming I need to increase my activity because pushing my caloric deficit any further would not be healthy.

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TarrynGrial, make sure you are eating at least 1200 calories a day. Any less and your body goes into starvation mode, which causes your body to hold onto the calories tightly.

 

I know the app (and this forum) are about achieving a 5K run, but I'd thought I'd throw in this piece of weight loss information:

Generally, when people talk about weight loss, they really want to lose pounds of fat. Our bodies are incredibly efficient. As we do the same routine over and over, our bodies get better at it and use less energy to complete the task. This is why if you practice the same Week's intervals, it gets easier and easier. What starts off as a struggle to complete may actually feel easy after repeating for a few weeks.

 

In order to continue to challenge your body, you need to keep changing your routine.

 

I use this example. One type of running I'll do is outdoor, semi-hilly C25K sessions. I've done Week 2 for 3-4 weeks to become comfortable with it. The inclines and uneven slopes work all the muscles in my body, my balance, and pushing forward on my own (as opposed to a treadmill 'pushing' me). Muscles also burn more calories than fat does at rest.

 

I'll alternate days with Anerobic Sprints. I'll use the treadmill at a slight incline (to mimic wind resistance but the treadmill is still flat meaning my foot won’t protonate or supinate). On the run intervals (60 seconds), I’ll aim for a 180 cadence (stepping down 180 times per minute). Even setting the treadmill at a low speed, I’ll reach 84-91% of my maximum heart rate. During walk intervals (90 seconds), my heart rate drops to 70% max HR (aerobic levels). This increases the health of my heart, increases my lung function, and really, really help with fat loss. Like others said, it’s important to watch what you eat and how much. And the biggest clincher for me is sleep. I need at least 8 hours each night to see/feel a difference.

 

Swapping run types not only keeps my body challenged but also keeps me motivated and having fun, not getting bored on the same type of running over and over.

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Hey all. I do believe 1200 calories is way to low for anyone working out.

 

As a Moderator here, there are fitness calculators out there that you can use to calculate what you should be taking in in calories.

 

Everyones Caloric needs are different. To me 1200 calories is starving yourself. Lowest i will ever go is 1400 a day.

 

I hate counting calories and mostly stick to A low carb/Paleo lifestlyle. Which in turn means. JUST EAT HEALTHY and CLEAN and the weight will fall off.

 

Here are some calculators you can go by. i have been in this field for over 20 years. Diets suck. Lol.

 

http://www.active.com/fitness/calculators/calories

 

Proud of all of you!!!!

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I have been eating around 1200 calories for a while now, and I have lost weight nicely, even though rather slowly, but that was before I started exercising. I am 48 years old and lead a pretty sedentary life style. I work at a computer from home, so the amount of movement required from me is minimal. I have a step counter on my phone, and most days only do a couple of thousand steps, which is  very unhealthy. I started walking about six weeks ago (on and off) and am currently on week 3 of c25k and I am loosing my resolution as far as eating goes. I suppose I should add calories to my diet (I do, but on the sly), but I am not sure how many (I want to maintain my weight, or perhaps lose another 3-4 kilos slowly). I eat a  very healthy diet - hardly any junk, lots of fruit and vegetables, full grains etc. and am wondering how many calories I should be eating if I am running 4 times a week for about 30 minutes each time. 

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Hey Ruthie,  You can see by using the calculators how much you should be taking in!   I used to eat 1200 calories a day and was way too hungry.  So I upped it to 1400 a day and I lost weight faster!   Every body is different!

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