So if you feel like running is torture, you’re happy to discover that a new study has found that running short distances helps you lose weight and improve your health. In the results published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and physical state researchers have found that a successful diet does not have to run too much to be able to lose weight. In fact, they only needed to run on average 5 km a week.
For the 12-month long study, Dutch researchers got 538 novice runners to complete surveys on their reasons for running and their eating habits. Each participant then measured body fat and was given a GPS device to record their total running distance. None of the subjects in the study were given training instructions or advice and they were basically left to their own devices until they were measured again a year later.
When the authors of the study reviewed marks of each runner during the 12 months that they discovered those who constantly ran more than five kilometers a week, while also moderating their diet, they lost the most amount of fat.
The results were …
- Good: Runner who ran on average less than 5 km a week and saw what they ate they lost on average of 3.55kg.
- Better: The runners who ran on average more than 5 km a week and there were no changes in their diet lost on average 3.81kg.
- The best: The runners who took specifically to run to lose weight and ran on average 5 kilometers per week and saw what they ate they lost on average 5.58kg.
Of course, exercise and eating better are like an obvious recipe for weight loss, but the results give some congratulations to the claim that it is not necessary to become a marathon runner if you want to move towards your ideal weight.