Originally Answered: Most effective ways to lose weight?
I was a pretty bad runner when I started. The most I could run was .3- .4 miles (about 1 loop around an average size block) before almost throwing up. But once you stick with it, it becomes an amazing part of your workout and, if you start getting really active with it and running consistently, you'll be running 7 milers easily and getting toned and lean.
When I started, I ran about every 3 days because, honestly, I could only keep it up for 4 minutes. What you should do is run around your block (early in the morning if you don't want to talk to alot of people). For about a week or two, run once around your block. Try going a little bit farther each time--one day, go the whole block, the second day, try going 10-20 feet more. Then, when you feel ready, do 2 loops, then 3, then 4. You'll keep progressing and as you lose weight, you'll get faster. I think as you run more, you don't have to go out every day (running 7 miles a day every day is a little reckless). I usually go every other day and do around 5-10 miles, and before I was the worst runner ever.
Don't worry about your food intake when you start running, just eat healthy. Also, don't try to eat more to justify running, that's the mistake many people make. When you start running 3-4 miles, eat carbs before you run and protein after. If you're doing a weight lifting regime then I don't think you'll have to exceed running 5 miles, as that's an amazing distance to run at for weight loss. But the more you run, the faster you'll get.
Also don't get self concious when you run. No one on the street cares about you (it's true lol)--they're too focused on themselves at the moment to give any thought to someone running past them. I used to be shy because I thought running outside would bring attention on me, but running in the morning means no one--very few people--are even out.