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Week 2 run 1 done. But hung up on weight


Week 2 run 1 done. That was rough but not in a way that I thought it would be. Love running in the rain. So nice.

I think I'm getting hung up on loosing weight instead of actually turning to muscle and loosing inch round waist etc. Would this be right? I've really changed my diet and using my fitness pal to help watch what I'm eating. Is this a good way?

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You are doing great, but four half hour C25K workouts is not going to impact any weight loss. As stated in the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... this is a training plan, not a weight loss programme.

You will undoubtedly tone up and maybe lose some inches and with a more appropriate diet, then weight loss will probably follow. This FAQ post may be helpful for you. healthunlocked.com/couchto5...


I am sort of unhappy that my weight loss has stopped but I'm concentrating more on getting the C25K plan done and being able to run for 30 minutes continuously. Once this happens, I can work on increasing the speed and then distance to get more calories burned.

On the rest days, we should be doing strength and flexibility exercises to build the muscles, especially in our core for good posture (which I'm neglecting to do currently).

As for the diet, have you found out your calorie range using the NHS tool?


This will ensure you are not eating too little.


Common consensus is that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise, sounds like you are covering both bases, I started eating more healthily and running at the same time at the beginning of April, was getting on for 14 stone and struggled with W1R1, 4 and a bit months later I can run 10k, lost inches (mainly due to running I believe) and getting close to my next weight target of 12 stone (mainly better eating) I do believe the running has improved my mental resilience which has helped with maintaining the better eating habits so there is a cross over.

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