Many of us run for the health of it but some of us run to burn the fat and lose weight. Running is cardio exercise and will burn a lot of calories. Over the long run, you can potentially burn fat and over months and years, you may lose weight.
On the other hand, cardio will also make you want to eat more as your body desires more fuel.
Runners World offers some excellent information on fat burning which is not the same as weight loss. As they explain it, when you burn fat, your appetite increases and you want to eat more.
Check out this excellent Runners World Article
The Facts About Fat Burning and Running
Sorry, but there’s no workout “zone” that will magically melt your fat stores.
By RUNNER’S WORLD EDITORS JUN 9, 2020
If you’re reading this while sitting down, congratulations—you’re primarily burning fat. However, if you get up and start moving around your home, you won’t burn as much fat. And if you felt really active and broke into a sprint outside, you’ll be burning almost no fat.
While everything we just said is true, it doesn’t mean all you have to do is sit tight and watch your fat stores melt away. The common presentation of how to exercise to lose fat—presented in admittedly exaggerated form above—is misleading.
There’s no special “fat-burning zone” that’s key to getting lean. Here’s what you need to know about burning fat through exercise.