Does Running Help or Hurt Weight Loss?

Fitness guru Brendon Ayanbadejo explains how diversifying your exercise routine may help you drop unwanted pounds.
2:14 | 08/18/14

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Thank you, Amy. And now new information on running and weight loss. So many of us think it's the key to losing weight. But that's not always the case. Our friends at pop sugar came up with important tips to make sure the miles are getting results. Abbie Boudreau has the story. Reporter: While you may think running chases away extra pounds, often times it doesn't. Former pro football player and now fitness guru Brendan ibadao says you have to mix it up. Your body is going to adapt. You have to do hills, intervals, speed. Reporter: That worked for these two women, both desperate to lose weight when running alone wasn't cutting it. I wasn't going anywhere. I wasn't losing. Reporter: When you added other things beyond the treadmill, what did you see? I have lost over 30 pounds. Reporter: Wow. Brendan says healthy eating and resistance training combined with running is key. If you're not losing weight, you're not running enough. How much do you like to run? Three miles a day. Reporter: Three miles. Seven. Reporter: Every day? A few times a week. You need to challenge yourself. Reporter: He says it's not just about how long you're running, but paying for attention to your heart rate. If you go above 84%, you're going to continue burning fat. Reporter: If you're like me after a long run, you've experienced the post-workout pig out. It's not a pass to go and eat a burrito and pizza. Go eat a nice salad. Reporter: Advice I guess I'll take. Not even a bite? Please? For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, los Angeles. Maybe a bite. Good tips. Very good suggestions. I'm a huge runner -- I love running. When I run and put in that much work, I don't want to eat too much. It's hand in hand. Counterbalance. Cardio is great for your heart. You have to keep that going. It's the easiest fastest for me. I love it. Mixing it up makes sense. Pop news and weather coming

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