20-Somethings - c25k & weight loss?




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carcar05
05-21-2009, 01:09 AM
So to those of you who have actually done the C25k- did you feel that it aided your weightloss during those 9 weeks? Did you pair it with other forms of exercise?

I'm hoping to not only become a runner but also lose weight, haha! Just curious what your results have been with it. :)


BellaDiva
05-21-2009, 10:53 AM
I am still on my first week but I am doing it to get in shape, weight loss from this will be a bonus. I have an 11 day biology field class this fall where we are pretty much hiking mountains so I have until August to get myself in shape for it.

I would also like to know if weight loss is normal for this program.

rocketbunny
05-21-2009, 11:18 AM
I agree that it's more about getting in shape.

I'm doing weight watchers at the same time, so I have no doubt that I'd be losing weight anyway.

An added bonus is that even on weeks when I don't lose weight (ie last week when I was off in Las Vegas and not really OP), I still felt successful because I got in my W4 workouts and progressed towards my goal of running a 5K. It gives me something to focus on other than the scale.


carcar05
05-21-2009, 11:23 AM
that's what i was thinking- getting into shape is what this will be great for. i think i'm going to have to do the 30DS in addition though, to continue losing inches and pounds.

willow68
05-21-2009, 11:58 AM
C25K is great cardio interval training, and depending on intensity and your weight you will burn a decent amount of calories in those 30min. i am waiting for my gowear fit. so hopefully tomorrow i'll know exactly how much my body burns during my training. more calories burned, more possible weight loss.

and the best is - it makes you feel great!

on top of it i walk from/to work at least twice a week (2 miles in roughly 30min), and i do the 30 day shred every other day.

MariaMaria
05-21-2009, 03:10 PM
Running burns around 100 calories a mile. Alone the C25K is not going to make you significantly lighter.

stellarosa27
05-21-2009, 03:12 PM
Running burns around 100 calories a mile. Alone the C25K is not going to make you significantly lighter.

Really?

I know this isn't "outside running" but if I'm on the elliptical for 60 minutes, I cover 5 miles of distance and burn like 850 calories...

Thin4Good
05-21-2009, 03:22 PM
I definitely lost weight when I started C25K but that was also when I started dieting. I was also in horrible shape at that point so even the first week's workout was challenging. With my journey though, I try to focus on what I can do, not how much I have lost or else those weeks when you lose nothing can be pretty depressing. I have also found it helpful since my first 5K to have another race soon to keep me motivated.

willow68
05-21-2009, 03:39 PM
Running burns around 100 calories a mile. Alone the C25K is not going to make you significantly lighter.

it so depends on your weight and your intensity. i am burning more. about 200 calories/mile.

PinkyPie
05-21-2009, 04:18 PM
I am doing C25K and weight watchers and I have consistently lost weight on average of 2 lbs a week the last 5 weeks. I'm on Week 3 (tomorrow is Day 3).

Normally when I lose 10 lbs I don't drastically change sizes. This time around though my jeans are already completely falling off of my arse! I think C25K definitely helps with weight loss and getting in shape (I also have been doing bellydancing, walking at lunch and bicycling in addition to C25K).

MariaMaria
05-21-2009, 06:36 PM
Really?

I know this isn't "outside running" but if I'm on the elliptical for 60 minutes, I cover 5 miles of distance and burn like 850 calories...

Really.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-304-311-8402-0,00.html

willow68
05-21-2009, 06:56 PM
Really.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-304-311-8402-0,00.html

so - at my weight i burn about 150 cal according to this article.
will know better how much i actually burn after tomorrow night's C25K training with the GoWear Fit. will let you all know then.

WaterRat
05-21-2009, 06:59 PM
I know this isn't "outside running" but if I'm on the elliptical for 60 minutes, I cover 5 miles of distance and burn like 850 calories...

Ummm, I wouldn't believe what the machine says you've burned calorie-wise. They are notoriously wrong. :)

stellarosa27
05-21-2009, 07:57 PM
Darnit, and I thought I was doing so well.

skinnywish
05-21-2009, 08:23 PM
stellarosa you're still doing well!!! 60 minutes on an elliptical KILLS me!

stellarosa27
05-21-2009, 08:35 PM
Thanks Skinny :)

Fat Pants
05-22-2009, 09:45 AM
The weight FLEW off of me once I started running 3 months ago. That is where the majority of my weight loss has come from. I was working out with a trainer and was losing NOTHING. I broke up with my trainer. Then I started running and suddenly it all started coming off.

If you have a heart rate monitor (I have a Polar F7) it will more accurately calculate your calories burned because it bases it on your sex, weight, height, and most importantly - consistently monitored heart rate. I laugh at 100 cals per mile. I know that's what RW says, but that's what in shape people burn. Let's face it, I'm still obese by BMI standards and still out of shape. When I started I was burning about 530 cals for 30 minutes of C25k - and I was averaging about 1.8 miles during that time because I was running slow. Yeah I was THAT out of shape. While the RW formula is well and good for average folks, it does not take into account how in shape you are. You may very well be 150 lbs but completely out of shape, therefore resulting in harder work and a higher heart rate.

No one knows the exact number of calories you burn unless you go to a special lab that involves a lot of extensive testing. But I think a HRM is a good way to get an estimate, and they are more reliable than the cardio machines.

Bottom line - carcar, if you exercise consistently (and I would advice doing strength training or cross training on your rest days) and eat well, you'll lose weight. :)

jahjah1223
05-22-2009, 11:22 AM
I lost my tummy and some jiggling in my thighs! and i cant wait to lose more jiggle and gain more muscle in my legs.. its not about being skinny anymore for me its about looking good and feeling like you are on top . and thats what running does for me :D

stellarosa27
05-22-2009, 01:11 PM
Yeah - I talked to a girl I work with who has an MA in exercise physiology and she basically just said everything you did, Fat Pants. The more inefficient your exercise, the more calories you burn - so if you're "out of shape" or "heavier" you're putting more stress on your body therefore burning more calories.

willow68
05-23-2009, 03:02 PM
so - at my weight i burn about 150 cal according to this article.
will know better how much i actually burn after tomorrow night's C25K training with the GoWear Fit. will let you all know then.

my little report from my C25K walk/run today:
2miles and 330 cal gone.
i burn about 165 calories/mile.