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Some beginning runners take up running to lose weight, and that's great. But weight loss is tricky, and it can be easy to lose motivation to keep running if you aren't losing weight the way you think you should.
But even if you don't lose a pound, running can help keep you healthy.
Every now and then I like to mention some sports-related scientific research. A recent study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggested that college students who were fit had healthier metabolic profiles than those who didn't exericise, even if the body fat percentage of the exercisers was slightly overweight.
If you are running to lose weight, great, but if you feel frustrated at the numbers on the scale, try to think about the big picture--how much better you feel and how you are reducing your risk of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.