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Need to lose some weight fast! I'm a 23 year old female and need a good way to lose the weight. Is running the best way to lose weight? Is running the safest exercise?


Many people start running because they want to lose weight. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories or burn up more calories than you need. The best way to lose weight is to do both. Running is a rigorous, highly disciplined exercise that helps you burn a lot of calories to achieve your weight loss. However, whether or not running is a best form of exercise to lose weight depends on each individual person. There are many reasons not to run as there are to run. For example, if you have a bad knee or are grossly overweight, running is probably not a good exercise for you. Before starting any exercise program, you need to have a doctor examine you carefully to determine whether or not you are healthy enough to run on a regular basis. Once you get your doctor's approval, you may have to start your exercise program gradually to avoid overtaxing your body. You should start out by walking for a short period of time, moving up to jogging for a while, and then progressing to running. I would recommend that you visit a primary care doctor or a dietitian for a physical and medical evaluation so that he or she can help you start the safest and most effective weight loss regimen and diet. Good luck!

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