So, you like to run and you have a treadmill. You also have 10 pounds to lose and a week to do it in. What can you do? Can you really lose 10 pounds in a week with just a treadmill?
The answer is that it may be possible to lose 10 pounds in a week (especially if you’ve just started to lose weight) but it is going be very difficult to do with just a treadmill. However, you can use a treadmill to help you lose this weight, definitely. In this article, I’ll explain how you may be able to do it. I say may, because this isn’t an easy thing to do so success isn’t guaranteed. However, even if you lose less than 10 pounds in a week but come close, you should be very happy.
Why is a treadmill alone not the way to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks?
It’s a question of math, really. If you’re very fit and you run on a treadmill for an hour you may burn a 1,000 calories. Again, you will need to be fit to do so as you do need to run rather quickly.
Even if you do this for 7 days straight, you will only burn 7000 calories or the equivalent of 2 pounds of fat. And this will not be easy to achieve.
However, what is you did all that running and went on a lower calorie diet for a week? In that case, you’ll be able to create an even bigger calorie deficit and shed more weight. However, you do need to be aware that this is not a sustainable weight loss method. You can’t stay on a low calorie diet indefinitely as this may lead to a slower metabolism and make it difficult to continue losing weight or even maintaining what you lost. This is why a week is usually a bit too short to lose 10 pounds and be sure of long term success.
If you’re just starting to lose weight, then it may be possible to lose 10 pounds in a week. However, don’t expect that all this weight will be pure fat loss. Much of this weight will be simply water weight. This is common for many diets as the initial days are often ones in which the weight drops off quickly. To maintain this loss you will have to continue training with cardio and strength exercises and to eat properly.
The really way to lose weight with a treadmill is to make it a part of your overall training and nutrition routine. Run on the treadmill, do strength workouts, and eat properly to shed pounds. You may not achieve your goal in a week but it will be a better long term strategy.