Will Running Help me Lose Weight?

Hi, Hans Ratzenburger here with another post on diet, fitness and weight loss.

Like almost everything associated with dieting and weight management, its very hard to get a straight answer on whether we should be doing aerobic type exercise as part of a weight loss or weight management program.


There are two camps. One camp says exercise is of no value in losing weight, the other camp says that you should be doing more exercise to speed up the weight loss. Which of these camps is right?

It seems pretty clear that just using calorie restriction will make you lose weight. The big debate is what you are actually losing. Is it fat or a combination of fat and muscle?

So lets say that you want to do an aerobic type exercise? There are many options, but one of the simplest one is to buy some running shoes and take up running. Obviously if you have never ran on the roads before, you would need to start slow. Buy the best quality running shoes with the most padding and support available. This is not the place for false economy. Then start with daily walks, ramp up to jogging and eventually full on running.


One of the advantages of running is that once you have got into your stride and are doing several good runs per week you can start to look at some of the big running events. Most cities have fun runs where you can get out and strut your stuff along with several thousand other healthy people.

You might even get a medal for it!


So my view is, that even though exercise and running are not mandatory for weight loss, you would be mad not to consider throwing a bit of running into your schedule to give the weight loss a boost and help maintain the weight loss when you hit your target.

The Portsmouth Bikini Run

Adidas Running

The Iron Maidens – Run To The Hills

Flo Rida – Run ft. RedFoo of LMFAO


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  7. Hey Hans,

    Love your work! Can you please explain a few things for me. As you know from some of my previous posts, I am a 45 year old Aussie from Queensland who currently works as a contract Project Manager in London.

    Like most of your readers, I have a weight problem. I also have an appearance problem being one of the ugliest specimens of humanity that ever walked the planet. So even if and when I lose weight I will still be an ugly bastard, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to lose weight.

    I love my tucker and I love eating. But, I hate dieting. Although I have always been a mostly healthy eater, I’m not one to turn down a piece of birthday cake or a glass of wine during cocktail hour. But indulging a little too much and a little too often resulted me experiencing in a slow gain of 25 pounds by my early 20s.

    When I was young guy running around the cane fields of Queensland, I’d managed to maintain my weight of 230 pounds by being active. I belonged to the dance team and played intramural sports, so it wasn’t difficult for me to motivate myself to exercise. After college, I started a desk job, and with that came long hours, pizza lunches, and plenty of happy hours. As an Aussie, I love my beer and think nothing of drinking 10 pints of strong English lager before heading back to work after a liquid lunch I continued to exercise almost every day, but it wasn’t enough—and my weight climbed to 253 pounds, which was too much for my 5-foot-2-inch frame.

    I wasn’t too happy at my heaviest, but I wasn’t really motivated to do anything about it until a ski trip with friends in 2004 put things in perspective. The vacation was a blast, but I quickly lost my getaway glow when I saw photos from our trip. Looking at the physical proof, I was embarrassed by how much weight I had gained. Every photo was a “bad” photo of me. I was so depressed that I threw most of them away. What made it worse was that this was around the time that I had started to identify as a woman and wear women’s clothing. Understandably the pictures of me wearing a mini skirt and black fish net stockings were not great with my giant booty poking out from under the skirt.

    Soon after the ski trip, I left my desk job to pursue graduate school and took a part-time job working at the front desk of an upscale health club. One of the perks was a free membership, which was the motivation I needed to take control of my weight. I started exercising at the health club most mornings, taking Body Pump and spinning classes on a regular basis. Finding workout buddies helped too. I made some new friends who were avid runners and I began training for and participating in road races with them. I was a bit dubious about some of these new friends because they seemed fascinated with my new found identity as a woman and I suspected that they were hoping to get me into the sack and find out what I was made of.

    Even though I was burning plenty of calories through exercise, I knew my eating habits were preventing me from losing weight. I wasn’t eating unhealthy foods—I stuck with salads, turkey sandwiches, and stir-fry dishes—I was just eating too much of everything. I started tracking my daily calories online at fitday.com. Counting calories really helped me understand my overblown portion sizes and just how many calories I was consuming. Around this time a contract tester called Big Kev came onto the scene and he seemed able to eat and drink whatever he liked without putting on more weight. This guy really annoyed me because he was one of the few people I have ever met who can drink me under the table.

    Almost a year and a half later, in the summer of 2006, I finally reached my goal weight of 230 pounds. My weight loss didn’t happen overnight—in fact it took a pretty long time—but that was because I wasn’t “dieting.” Through trial and error and figuring out what worked best for me, I made lifestyle changes, which have stuck with me to today. For example, I almost always have oatmeal with nut butter and a piece of fruit for breakfast. It helps set a healthy tone for my whole day, plus it keeps me full until lunchtime. I was also relishing my newfound identity as a woman and was getting lots of hot action using Tinder. I suspected that all that nocturnal activity was probably helping to burn off calories as well.

    Now I’m committed to maintaining my weight without missing out on any fun, like birthday celebrations or nights out with friends, even mass orgies with mixed sex groups that can be very challenging if you are not fit. Hopefully, my story will inspire some of your other readers to do what I have done and finally lose the weight and start a new phase of their lives.

    Tony From Bundaberg signing out.

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  9. Hi, this is a bit awkward for me to talk about but I seem to be having some trouble since starting on a diet (not this one, but similar).

    I have been on a caloric deficit for over six months and my sex drive has decreased severly. I am noticing that no longer have random erections through the day, and even when I get an erection is isn’t as hard as they used to be.

    I was wondering if this happens to everyone on a long term extreme diet. Should I try increasing my fat? Any advice. I am considering moving to your diet but not if it will just make my problems in the bedroom get worse.

  10. Hi Joe, welcome to the blog. The answer to your question is YES!

    The Ratchet Diet works for all genders and for all age groups.

  11. Does this diet work for old guys like me? I am over 60. Most of the diet sites seem to be for women or young guys trying to get a six pack.

  12. Hi Shirley, welcome to The Ratchet Diet blog. Take it from me. This diet works. I am still a long way from my target, but I have lost over 10 kilos so far on this diet, and I am keeping the weight off. It works!
    Big Kev

  13. I have probably tried all the diets. None of them worked for me, but this diet looks like it could be the one that finally does the trick. I am going to put 110% into this diet and see what happens.

  14. Hi Hans,
    If I go on The Ratchet Diet, how long will it take me until I look like some of those nice young ladies in that bikini run video 🙂
    Love from
    Auntie Doreen

  15. Thanks for the encouragement Big Tony. Keep up the dieting and training and one day you will finally shift that lard off your guts and get back to a healthy weight.

  16. Hans,
    Another great post. I am strapping on my running shoes as we speak, ready to start my running training. Keep up the great work on this blog.

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