Q&A: Which is better for weight loss? Run-Walk method or full-on run and stop when exhausted and start again?

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Question by Shi Chi: Which is better for weight loss? Run-Walk method or full-on run and stop when exhausted and start again?
Which better for a faster weight loss? Run-walk method or just run and stop when completely cannot run anymore and start again after a little recovery?
Explain why and how whichever is better?

Best answer:

Answer by Shley
im not an expert but i would say the run-walk method, because it gives your body time to adjust.
I would think the full-on run would make you tired and put you at a better risk of injuring yourself, which wouldn’t be good at all.

Your question is a lot like asking if you should stop eating or if you should eat small healthy meals.
Small healthy meals duh. when you don’t eat your body goes into starvation mode and you won’t lose much weight, sooner or later it would eat at your muscles.

Do you see what i mean?

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5 Responses to “Q&A: Which is better for weight loss? Run-Walk method or full-on run and stop when exhausted and start again?”

  1. Tim G writes:

    Never flat out run until you can’t go anymore, you should always warm up and cool down first. You’ll lose more weight by jogging than by walking because getting your heart rate up is very important. You definetely want to walk out the last few blocks til your breathing is back to normal.

  2. Imani writes:

    You should go to a web page that has a lot of things like heath and stuff they could probly tell you. But i did track and it depends on your weight and every thing it also depends on how motvated you are so i did say that you start out slow and then make personal goals and develop your way and start out to what you think is good for you believe in your self and you can accompilsh any thing! 🙂 Good luck! By the way i use the method of runnig and not stoping tell i am completly exasted to me it is the best feeling in the world!:)

  3. Bilal writes:

    Hey whats sup Shi Chi!

    The best method to ease into running is the run walk method. Your body should adjust to running more easily using this method. The time you spend running and the time you spend walking depends again on your fitness level. If you need to walk longer or are able to run more, just do it. You run for 30-60 seconds, depending , you walk for 30 seconds. You do this for a week. The next week you increment you run by 10 seconds, but keep the walk to 30 seconds. As the weeks progress you should be able to gain substantial increase you capacity of running. The ideal for the run walk method is to get up to 10 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking, but it all depends on how you feel. Once you are able to keep a pace of 10-1 for 30 minutes you can start to increase the 10 minute run by 10-20% every week.

    The pace you should be in is a Zone 1 pace. Zones are calculated by the hearth rate that is attained with physical activity. Zone 1 pace is (220 – your age) X 60 or 70% – I’m 36 , (220bpm – 36) X 70% = 130 bpm. This is a foundation building pace. This pace is used on long runs because it enables your body to manage lactic acid. A friendly fuel when absorbed properly lactic acid becomes running enemy when it is out of control. The longer you can run at this pace, the more your body will improve his capability to absorb the acid. This is endurance building, and it is the first step to having a great run.

    Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles’ Foe, It’s Fuel !

    If you need to do more sports during the week, cross training should be your choice. Gym work to strengthen the abs is a plus. Cycling or spinning also gets your heart going without the impact on your knees.

    If you are able to run for 30 minutes, my suggestion to you is to get out there and find a nice friendly 5k. This is a celebration of life , a celebration of your new found passion: Running. Turkey trot your way to the end.


    You’ve achieved your first goal and that first 5k is now behind you. You’ve adapted your body to running and now can run 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time and can even push this a bit further.

    You now are able to move to the next level. First thing to do is add another running day to your week. This will help you put on the miles and will help you adjust even more to a runner’s regiment. Second thing to do is start mixing up your running workouts. 1 slow long run (zone 1), 2 normal half hour runs (zone 1 maximized- bottom zone 2), and 1 run that is totally different from the other types of runs that your body is accustomed to do. My suggestion is either Hill running or intervals.

    Hill running is simple: Find a hill – run it to the top (if you can get up there fine – if not – stop where you’re about to collapse) – once up there – walk back down. Do this 10 times and make sure you keep a pace that you can accomplish it 10 times. If you cannot run it – walk up the hill. This will put pressure on your big leg muscles and should bring your body close to lactic acid threshold, walking back down will help your body manage that load and will push it farther and farther as the workouts progress.

    Interval: Warm up with a 15 minute turkey trot. Once you are warmed up – bolt it for 100 meters – as fast as you can without collapsing (85% of your max speed) – just before blowing up – walk for 1 minute. Repeat this for at least 1000 meters (10 X 100 meters). If your body is not too broken, turkey trot your way back home for another 15 minutes … this is great for pushing your lactic acid threshold even farther.

    The point of pushing your body this way is to enable you to start picking up speed and finding a way to sustain it. Also – this is a good thing for your running body as it is called upon to adjust and find new ways of coping. Doing the same thing week after week can cause your body to adapt and might hinder your progression.

    The goal you might have with these exercises is to improve you PR for your 5K or 10K time, enabling you to get faster and faster. Being faster and enabling your body to cope with it will help you out on your long slow runs. Your lactic acid overload might not be as great as it was before and your threshold of pain and endurance will be heightened.

    Once you mastered these techniques and can now run for an hour or more on your slow long runs, a 10K or a half marathon is well within your reach.


    Elite runners are a breed on their own. They usually have a running stride that looks like a work of art and also have a cardio that can sustain 15-20 km/hour run tempo. Not everybody can achieve this type of running pace and keep it for 2 hours or more.

    If you’re at this level and are reading this, you’ve humoured me enough to keep going and could potentially write an article on this web site about how you go about your training. Since Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi are not here to add some advice, I will risk myself and add my two cents to this

  4. great ideas writes:

    Try to alternate them and make sure that your metabolism go fast so that it will really work for you.

    Good Luck!

  5. Skeptic writes:

    It depends on your goals. If you want an aerobic exercise to build strong cardio vascular, you are better off maintaining a steady exercise for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. You should monitor your heart rate so that you can increase or decrease the intensity of your workout to keep your heart rate in the aerobic zone.

    Running full out until exhausted probably puts your heart rate above the aerobic zone into the anaerobic zone. This temporarily depletes your body of oxygen. This is good for athletes who want to be able to sprint (100 yard dash or 50 meter free style). Many swimmers do not breath at all during a 50 meter free style. However, if this is an activity for your health, you want to keep your body flush with oxygen and therefore avoid exhausting yourself.

    For health, I would keep you heart rate within an “aerobic zone” which you can calculate with formulas provided on the Internet. Check with your doctor if you have any health concerns.

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