i just started running two weeks ago to mainly lose weight. i have gained 20 lbs during my freshman year at college and was hoping to find the best to start losing the weight. i've asked a lot of people on how i should start and most people told me to just run as much as i can and then to start lifting weights to tone up after i lose the 20 lbs. others have told me to just do weights, because it burns more calories than running. some people told me that i should lift weights and then run every time i work-out, because i can burn more calories when i run if i lift weights first.
i'm really confused! i just really want to out which is best. i don't intend to run just to lose the weight. i want to make a long-term commitment to running to keep a healthier and a more disciplined lifestyle. so i really want to learn which one can help me better in the long run.
It's great that you have started running and that you want to make it a part of a healthy lifestyle. I hope that you will find this to be a supportive community. Your question is a very good one. The correct answer is to find a way to integrate aerobic activities (like running) and strength training (like weights) into your schedule if possible. Both play important roles in weight loss. I think you will find the following article to offer an excellent and more complete answer (as well as additional suggestions): http://www.holisticmomstalkradio.com/articles/keys-to-jump-starting-metabolism.html#top
I hope you will let us know if you have any more questions or comments.