Scientists: You can run as many marathons as you like but you’ll still be fat

Scientists: You can run as many marathons as you like but you’ll still be fat

marathonIt’s becoming harder and harder to stay thin nowadays, but fortunately we’re starting to discover some of the reasons why. And we’re learning what techniques don’t work. Now, scientists have discovered that long distance running — something you think would have been the top fat burner of all — doesn’t work.

The Daily Mail explains why,

Many long-distance runners find that even when they are running more than 50 miles in a week their waistlines barely get smaller, with some actually gaining weight.

According to Harvard University’s lifestyle and nutrition researcher, Mary Kennedy, it is a particular problem for women.

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‘I don’t mean this in any derogatory way, but marathoning has really become accessible for everyone, which is amazing and wonderful,’ she told the New York Magazine.

‘But just because you cross the finish line doesn’t mean you were running at a really vigorous pace seven days a week.

‘You’re so focused on going far, so you’re not necessarily doing a vigorous run.’

It is possible that the runners were burning fat and gaining muscle weight, but Ms Kennedy insists it is down to diet and appetite.

She believes many people are not burning the extra calories that they are eating when training.

So it comes down to even if you are working out hardcore, if you’re eating more to make up for it, you’re not gonna see results. And if you’re a woman, you’re going to have it even tougher. Of the seven runners the study examined who put on weight after competing in marathons, six were women. Unless you have the discipline to keep your eating habits the same, marathons do not sound like a realistic way to lose weight.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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