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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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