What can i do?

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    Mar 27, 2008 2:58 PM GMT
    This is a problem for me. I run every single day, i love running, but i dont exceed the amount/time i run for just because im scared of hurting myself, but 3 miles/day is good i think.

    And i STILL cant seem to loose weight. Like i want to get dry...very dry...like suck my skin in and looks skinny. But it wont work, no matter how hard i run. I eat very well, i do pig out on chips and chocolate at times, im working on that, but my diet is healthy. No fast food, not soft drinks, nothing greasy, i make sandwichs at home, or pasta, cereal, oatmeal, fruits, and nuts. Thats my daily diet.

    Any suggestions about what i could do? im thinking of hiring a personal trainer...
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    Mar 27, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    I looked your pictures, and your body looks good. You don't really need to stress over losing fat. What you're doing now with diet and exercise is working for you, in my opinion.
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    Mar 27, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    If you're looking to increase your mileage, I suggest doing it in split mile increments. After you hit the 3 mile mark, continue to run for a half mile...then walk for a minute or two, then run the other half of the mile, or as much of it as you can. Once you're comfortable with 4 miles, you start working on mile 5.
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    Mar 27, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    In my experience, as a endomorphic/ectomorphic combination body type, running is/was not the solution to my weight control issues. Even at my running peak, I still carried a bit of a paunch.

    The Body for Life folks suggest a maximum of 20 minutes of cardio interval training, a few times a week, for maximum weight control. Also, my trainer suggested that I perform those cardio routines right after lifting, which enhances fat burning because your glycogen stores are already somewhat depleted from weight training.

    Also, I was a long-distance runner for about 12 years before injuries finally put me on the sidelines. I have come to the conclusion that running is just not for everyone, especially "big-boned" guys like me. You are wise to consider the long-term implications of running. Three years later, I still have back, hip and knee issues from my years of 10Ks, half-marathons and a marathon. Plus, I ran on average 25 miles per week...the toll on your body really adds up, over time.
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    Mar 27, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    I couldn't agree more with the above posters who have mentioned that, for many, running is really not the key to weight loss. I tried that as my solution for years, and it never really got me anywhere. The moment I began strength training and weight lifting, however, I really began to shed fat.

    Don't get me wrong, it was certainly coupled with a change in diet in order to maximize the weight loss; however, when I stopped going to the gym for a time, my weight plateaued, even though I was still running and biking. I was able to maintain, but it required me restarting my weight training regimen to continue seeing new results. So don't stop running, but certainly do start adding more strength training in.
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    Mar 27, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    Haha! There's a song of the Corrs called "What Can I Do?"

    Just dropping in, carry on... icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Mar 29, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    *smacks muttskins* icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif