Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to lose weight once you start running again?
Of course you burn more calories when you get back into running because you’re not just sitting on your fat ass anymore. You may know that running burns about 100 calories per mile, whereas sitting on the couch binge watching Stranger Things burns significantly less (confirmed by my Garmin watch). But it’s more than that.
Mentally, you feel better about yourself, about life, about the world, after a run. This makes it easier to turn down the chips, the cookies, or any of the other processed, sugary crap we’re surrounded by. It seems as though your healthy choices compound on each other. Since I ran, I better eat quality food so as not to waste the run, which makes me feel better and allows me to run more, and on, and on. There is the added benefit that burning those extra calories gives you a caloric buffer to lessen the damage of your gastronomic choices as well.
But most importantly, I feel a physical, biological difference in my hunger. I generally don’t feel as hunger or get hungry as often. It’s like my body tones down the cravings and bad decision beacons to join in the weight loss effort: “Oh we’re running and trying to be healthy now? Ok bro, I got you.” The opposite is true as well, since it feels like whenever I start to slack on my running, my body decides to compound the damage by flicking the peanut butter cookie switch back on. But we know the easiest way to prevent that: keep on running.