I am thin, will running make me thinner?

I am 27 years old and thin, I almost weigh 55Kgs and my height is 5 feet and 6 inches. I look to be very thin. I am planning to start running in a few days, but some of the folks around me are of the view that running will make me even thinner and I will not look good, what do the experts say about it? Will running make me even thinner or what?

Thank you

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  • I have lost weight through running but it's all about calories in versus calories out. My mate is very thin but she eats what she likes as she is always running and doing triathlons and such. She eats healthily, tons of veg and fruit but she has a sweet tooth and makes her own fruity base cheesecakes and such and she can eat them without gaining weight. It's a balancing act.

    What is your motivation for wanting to run then? To get fit? I assume so

    If so, what has it got to do with anybody else? Running will make you fitter very quickly. Most of us are staggered at the change we've seen in ourselves. You could be too

  • can you give me an idea please how running can improve my fitness, I am completely new and sorry for this dumb question.

  • It will certainly make you fitter and more toned. It helps develop and define the muscles.

  • sorry for being very dumb, I am not a native English language speaker, can you tell me please what is being "toned"? It would be great if you can share some images of a toned male body.

    Thank you

  • I have changed shape since learing to run. I have toned up in places I thought were impossible to tone. Running will help you tone the muscles you have, which will change your shape. If you don't eat to lose weight there is every chance your shape will become fitter. Think of all the athletes at the commonwealth games. They are thin and fit. Not a bad shape to aspire to. happy running.

  • My experience as a low bmi person is that when I first started running for the first 6 months or so yes I did lose a few pounds I didn't want to, so much so that I dipped into the underweight category and ended up going to the GP for advice. I was scared she'd tell me to stop running because I love it, but she didn't and instead told me to eat little and often healthy snacks and best of all keep running.

    Since then I kept up running even increasing my distances and my weight has increased to within the healthy bmi range, it was like my body needed to make the adjustment. So I'd say go for it if you want to get fitter and misswobble is right it's your choice no one else's, as long you keep an eye out for weight loss and eat healthily I don't think there'll be a problem.

  • I am the same age and a similar weight and height to you. Since starting to run I weigh more (about 3 or 4 kilos), but my waist is the same size and my stomach is flatter. I think it's a great way to gain muscle and feel stronger, calmer and more confident. Go for it, but do make sure you eat healthily to fuel yourself.

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