Running For My Life And Weight Loss

These days having now reached my original weight loss goal of 185 lbs. and now moving on towards my next one of 175 lbs., I have changed my outlook on my daily weight loss exercise routine and eating habits.  I no longer care about what I’m eating and doing with regard to exercise because I’m now a thinner person and I can freely go back to what I used to do…YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING AND YES I AM!

Now more than ever I have to be aware of what I’m eating and doing with my daily exercise because it would be very easy now to slip back into old habits and start back on the road to fast weight gain instead of steady weight loss.  We don’t want that to happen and it’s as important now that I now take what I’ve learned over this last year and use it to my advantage as it ever was.  I now run “for my life” as well as losing weight.

Sure, I can eat more types of foods than I did over the last year.  If you’ve been following along then you know for me, I chose to take a lower carb route with my diet.  I have said from the very beginning that I don’t feel that it mattered what diet you followed, be it low carb, low fat, low calorie, most anything besides some stupid 3 week fad diet, as long is it was healthy and something “you can stick with”.  If you can’t stick with your diet, you won’t be successful long term with your continues weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

I have now added some small amounts of potato and whole grain breads back into my diet as I will need more carbs to burn going forward as I now have less fat to burn.  I still like to run everyday and my body needs enough fuel to do that.  As the fat disappears, it’s important that I don’t force my body to start burning muscle if I don’t give it anything else to use on a daily basis.  This is an important thing for you low carb dieters to remember.  Low carb makes your body burn fat, but when the fat runs out you “will” need to adjust your diet somewhat to compensate.

One last thing to remember and this is a tip from Julienne Michaels of Biggest Loser fame.  If you want to burn fat, walking at the highest incline you can tolerate is better than running.  Why?  Because running is an aerobic exercise and is more inclined to cause your body to burn carbs.  Just a good thing for those of you just starting on this path to remember as you likely at this point couldn’t run if you life depended on it.  Get out there and walk!  Walk uphill where ever you can or walk the stairs but get walking and you’ll find you’ve left fatter you behind just “one pound ago”!

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