Running is a very important part of any fitness regimen aimed at weight loss but running alone is not enough. In order to be effective, any running exercise should be accompanied by a solid diet program. Moreover, your effort to lose weight depends very much on your fitness level and your current size.  Just concentrating on the running without all the other important elements may give you the opposite result of what you intended to achieve in the first place.

Interval running
The part that running plays in weight loss cannot be underestimated. The simple truth is that in order to lose weight, you have to burn as much calories as possible when exercising. Getting close to your maximum heart rate when running can tire you out too quickly preventing you in return from working out efficiently in term so of calories burnt. On the other hand, if you work out too slowly and steadily, it will take you too long before you see solid results. To achieve maximum results, you need to find the balance between the two and the best way to do that is to do variety running. You can do this by running fast between 20 to 30 minutes sometimes and going slowly and steadily for up to an hour or so at at other times.

Be in control of your speed
Short bursts of sprinting at regular intervals are an effective way of working out in terms of losing inches off your waist. Studies have proven that people who run hard for a few minutes and slowed down briefly burned more calories compared to those who run steadily for longer periods.

To get the best results from running, you can increase your speed for 30 to 60 seconds and then drop it for the same length of time or double that. Make sure you choose a speed you could hold for between two and five minutes. The idea is to feel energised as opposed to exhausted.

Climb up the hill
When you run up the treadmill by setting it on incline, you can burn more calories. This setting may slow you down a little but it will help you to build strength in your hips and legs by working them harder than normal. Coupled with intervals, the incline setting can prove to be one of the more efficient options of treadmill workout.

Go for longer distance
When you run for longer period you tend to burn more calories. Running for 45 or 60 minutes instead of your normal 30 minutes can help you burn up to 50% more calories. Doing this always may not be a good idea however – by switching this up every now and then is an efficient form of running exercise instead.

Do not stop other types of exercise
Doing the same routine all the time is not the best way to lose weight. Ultimately, the best way of achieving your weight loss goal will involve a perfect mix of resistance training, intervals, endurance, and stretching.

But most of all, what you eat, how you eat and when you eat will have a great say in how effective your workout will be.