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Is running two miles a day enough to lose weight? 

I thought 2 miles/day five days a week would be enough, but I was looking around on Amazon and I found this eBook on free promo! How To Lose Weight With Running: 11 Tips To Run For Weight Loss . Anyway, this book says in order to lose weight with running I need to run a total of four hours a week or twenty miles per week. This is basically 6 or 7 miles per hour for 30-40 minutes per day. The way it's explained sounds pretty scientific. What's worked for you? Have you guys seen this eBook? You can download it for free starting at 12 midnight EST.

Fri. Nov 9, 11:29pm

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I don't think it's really the distance that matters. I think the time is more important. The longer you keep your heart rate up, the more it will benefit you. So if somebody runs for 2 miles in 30-40 minutes and finds it reasonably challenging, they will probably get the same benefit as somebody that is in better shape and can run 6 - 7 miles in 30-40 minutes. I used to be part of a running group and the instructor told us that once you can run for 30 minutes, that's when you will start losing weight from it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 7:01 AM

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I lost 19 pounds in two months when I first started here on Peertrainer and I did it on the treadmill, "walk/run." More walking than running. It took me 7 months to be able to run 30 minutes straight.

I agree with previous poster, it depends on your individual exertion level. I also believe after you are in good physical condition, then you should incorporate speed training, like sprints (bursts) a high intensity training with recovery time (to catch your breath) included during running sessions.

You don't need to speed hours running to reap weight loss benefits. I believe anywhere from 15 to 30+ minutes running effectively, with additional time walking or doing other enjoyable activities during the week, will assist in torching your fat loss... along with CLEAN eating.

You can run marathons and still be overweight or overly fat or skinny fat. Just because you run marathons doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want.

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 8:19 AM

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Regular exercise of any kind and staying on top of what I'm eating has always worked for me! I've trained for the marathons and not lost a pound b/c I've not watched how much I've eaten or I've overestimated what i've needed. After all, I just ran 18-20 miles!

For me its mostly diet -- what and how much being key. I do think you have to be careful with how much you eat when you run b/c it's so easy to fall into the calorie trap of 'fueling your runs' which leads to over eating. I have friends who think they have to carb load for every run! 4 milers don't need a 400 calorie carb load! Nor does it need a 300 calorie recovery snack!

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2:13 PM

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Running to lose weight

Thank you guys for the advice and for sharing your experience. This helps me how I should carry an exercise routine to manage my weight. I also found this free ebook which I downloaded into my Kindle Library very helpful. In case you are interested, you can download it for free from But it helps to know other people's running experiences and weight management routines. So thanks for all your inputs.

Monday, November 12, 2012, 8:07 PM

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