Am I the only runner who has ever gained weight when training for a marathon?
Why does my husband lose weight when he starts running and I don't?
For all the exercise I do, I should be pencil-thin. Why can't I simply lose a few pounds?
Clearly, weight loss is not simple and often includes debunking a few myths. Perhaps this article will offer some insights that will lead to success with your weight loss efforts.
Myth: You must exercise in order to lose body fat.
To lose body fat, you must create a calorie deficit. You can create that deficit by:
- Exercising, which improves your overall health and fitness, or
- Eating fewer calories.
Even injured runners can lose fat, despite a lack of exercise. The complaint "I gained weight when I was injured because I couldn't run" could more correctly be stated "I gained weight because I mindlessly overate for comfort and fun."