It’s practically a tale as old as time: Dude takes up running to lose weight, doggedly pounds the pavement for months, then throws in the towel when he realizes he’s still hauling around the extra weight he started with. What the hell, right?
Unfortunately, running isn’t a magic bullet for getting lean. As good as it can be for you — improving heart health, developing strong bones, and enhancing memory — it doesn’t automatically translate to a leaner physique. If shedding pounds is your ultimate goal, it’s time to evaluate your running routine to identify the common weight-loss roadblocks you might be hitting.
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