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Has any women on PT truly went from 140 lbs to 110 lbs by running and flattened their abs?

Wed. Jan 4, 2:39pm

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I've always read, "Great abs are made in the kitchen!"

You can run marathons and still be fat. It really does matter how you fuel your body. Sure, you can lose weight running, but it is only a matter of time before those poor food choices catch up to you. 10K and eat clean! I bet you make it happen sooner than you think!

Friday, January 20, 2012, 9:17 PM

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I consistently 'overfueled' when I trained for my last marathon. Was running like a mad man and didn't lose a dang pound. I was just eating too much with that mindset of, 'hey! I ran 10 miles today! I can eat that burger and fries!'.

And IMO age is irrelevant to getting in shape!

Friday, January 20, 2012, 9:26 PM

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No idea why I thought age was mentioned!! Still think its irrelevant ;).

Friday, January 20, 2012, 9:27 PM

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I went from 185 to 145 and really reduced my stomach. Unfortunately, I really need to lose another 15 lb.; maybe after I lose that weight, my stomach will be the way I would like it.
But yes, losing weight definitely helps! Of course, I was doing lots of exercise while losing. I'm sure that helped, too.

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 3:34 PM

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So, if you do not change your diet but instead add running and exercise you won't lose weight???

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 2:31 PM

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It really depends, everyone is different

Personally, I know TONS of marathoners that run and exercise and they are overweight and obese. Yes, obese. Just because you run and exercise does not mean you can eat whatever you want.

However, I also know younger folks that still eat "junk foods" and they run and exercise and they are at normal weights. I just don't know too many of them... and I'm friends with LOTS of runners.

I've been in three marathon running groups over the past three years, I'm socially active on Facebook with well over 100 marathoners that run several marathons a year.

The thinner normal weight ones that "race" tend to watch what they eat and usually pack their own lunches to work. These thin folks post photos of their homemade salads and smoothies. The overweight and obese ones post a lot of junk food porn (SAD "Standard American Diet" Starbucks, McDonalds, Food trucks, high calorie meals from restaurants, these folks eat out a lot and love to post the photos.)

It is very frustrating when you realize running can only get you so far with the the weight loss. The rest of it is diet.

I've also noticed that the thin ones choose carbs differently. They don't do pasta. The thin ones go for brown rice or sweet potatoes. I've been paying more attention recently.

Ultimately, yes, you probably can lose weight by just adding running and exercise and not changing your diet (assuming your diet isn't too terribly bad!) However, you will only lose so much before you plateau. It just depends on how low you want to go... and I suspect age has something to do with it too.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 3:29 PM

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Age really has less to do with it than most would like to think! For years my friend lamented that b/c of her age she just couldn't lose weight like she used to. Never mind that when we went out to dinner she'd have 2 glasses of wine, share and appetizer and dessert, have a salad and an entree! Once she got real about her eating and ate more like those think folks the pp described - real foods, quality foods, and less of them - she lost the weight!

Most of weight loss boils down to food - what and how much.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 9:35 PM

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I want to cut out the bad carbs such as pasta, bread, potatoes, etc. and start running. But I am concerned that I will only be left with salad and fruit to eat all day! HELP

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:36 PM

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To 9:35 poster

Even with cutting out carbs you still have plenty of options, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, beans, soup... plenty of options remain!

Good luck!
Tamilynn

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:58 PM

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i'm 5'0. and have gone from 130 to 107 with running and changing my diet. to echo the above posters, your diet is HUGE in the venture to lose weight; had i just added running, spin, walking, i wouldn't have seen much of a difference, but with calorie counting and exercise i'm almost at goal weight.
i never fully cut out carbs (also- fruit and some veggies are carbs!), but i did decrease the carbs and up my veggies. good luck!

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4:57 PM

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I read somewhere on this site, that's it's 75% diet and 25% exercise, so you *can* lose weight by adding exercise, but not nearly as fast or as much as if you diet and add exercise. I also know from reading on this site that everyone is different; some can lose weight by exercising, some by changing up their eating, some need both.

Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:32 AM

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Wow, 130 to 107 is great. I want to do that. You must look great. Diet seems to be key.

Friday, February 03, 2012, 1:20 PM

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to 2:36 poster

Cutting out bad carbs is very different from cutting out all carbs. Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and other whole grains are much better choices than white pasta and white rice. With all the different grains readily available, there's a ton of variety to choose from.

Friday, February 03, 2012, 3:54 PM

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Does anyone have a good schedule that helped them go from 135-110?

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:12 PM

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I second the 2:12 poster's request - I'm currently sitting at the upper end of the 120s and my goal weight is 110. I would love to hear from someone who's been there and how they transitioned their habits!

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:51 PM

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That was me several years ago. Before: 132. After: 114. What did i do? The MAIN thng I did was reign in my eating and i did that by counting calories. For me, at that time, it was the ONLY way to get a handle on quantity and ensure i was staying in a weight loss range. I used the Harris Benedict equation to figure out what I needed and subtracted from there to attain a 1-1.6 pound per week loss. I ate whatever i wanted, but found myself choosing better to maximize calorie intake. I.e., i didnt want to blow 180 cals on a processed sweet when i could have four times as much in fruits and vegetables. So, quality improved over time, but I didnt tell myself i could never have X, Y, or Z b/c I knew that was the best way to insure I'd eat lots of that stuff! I usually never ate it, though.

And then, I exercised 4-5 times a week, for no more than an hour. I walked, I ran, i did weights, i did it all. Doing mostly weights made me very lean, i think, but monitoring food got the pounds off. I've done only running before and was 'skinny' but it was a soft skinny. I liked the lean skinny better. But that's me. Bottom line - you'll never lose weight if you eat more than you need, whether it's almond butter on brown rice cakes or processed granola bars!

Friday, April 13, 2012, 7:50 AM

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