So just how much fat do you think you’ll lose?

treadmill runningOne of my forum members, has recently completed a 100mile “ultra marathon” – madness ?! Possibly, but if you find something you enjoy doing then it’s better than sitting on the sofa watching tv!!

Fiona has completed a few of these, so she knew what was ahead, and was hoping to finish in under 30hours ! Cutting a long story short, she finished in 29hrs 47mins, and under target! Through her approximate calculations, over the 30hours of continuous exercise, her “Weight loss over the weekend – about 5kg. Unfortunately, it’s mostly water not fat, so it’ll all go back on again. (crude calculation: 100ml = about 10,000 cals burned; less calories consumed = probably, around 2.5lb of fat loss max).”

So apart from highlighting her superb efforts to you, what is my point here?

Well, it’s to those people who choose to run or do steady state aerobics for the benefit of losing weight only. Not because they enjoy it, or like the challenge, but as a form of weight loss. Just look at what Fiona lost (approximately) by exercising continuously for 30hours……. 2.5lbs, ask youself, “So if that’s what she lost in 30hours, what is my¬†3x30min runs a week really going to do for fat loss?!!!”

Answer – not a lot really!

Fat loss is predominantly food, and what you choose to eat or not to eat.

Exercise should be for enjoyment, and yes, will assist fat loss, but should not be the main reason for doing it. Find something you enjoy doing, take the emphasis off of fat loss, and you should find that results will come with enjoyment.

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