Is running the perfect activity for weight loss and control?
In a recent Australian survey, 58 percent of runners listed weight control as their fourth primary reason for running. Indeed, common opinion ...
Illustration by Kevin Howdeshell
In a recent Australian survey, 58 percent of runners listed weight control as their fourth primary reason for running. Indeed, common opinion is that running is a powerful tool for losing weight. And, after looking at the almost skeletal elite ultrarunners and marathoners, you would think that running encourages leanness.
For world-class trail runner and marathoner, Uli Steidl, who now resides in Seattle, running has always been a way to stay lean. "Back in 1992, during basic training in the German military, I was not able to run much and gained about eight pounds in 12 weeks. Once I resumed my normal running routine, I lost the weight in about the same amount of time," says Steidl.
But what is the evidence that distance running results in weight loss? Is it the panacea that will help you shed those excess pounds, and just how much running does it take to lose weight? Or are there better ways for trail runners to lose and maintain their weight?