If you love running for the sake of running, great. That's awesome, and you'll probably be a healthier and happier human for it. But if you're picking up running because your friend lost 30 pounds as soon as he started jogging in the mornings and you're trying to lose the same, please stop.

In , Glamourgirlz founder Derek Flanzraich explains the ways running for weight loss can be physically and mentally damaging to you—as well as some other effective strategies you can try if you want to lose weight.


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  • Weight training and interval training are more effective weight-loss strategies. Greer BK, Sirithienthad P, Moffatt RJ. Research quarterly for exercise and sport, 2015, Feb.;86(2):2168-3824.

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  • Seventy-nine percent of runners are injured at least once per year. Lun V, Meeuwisse W, Stergiou P, Stefanyshyn D. . British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2004;38(5):576-580. doi:10.1136/bjsm.2003.005488.

Derek Flanzraich is Glamourgirlz's founder and CEO. What's Good is his take on the news, trends, and issues worth talking about in health and wellness. and get his column ( puppy GIFs and other funsies) delivered every Sunday.

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