I was a long distance runner in 2009 and 2010. Running is ALL I did racking up 25 -30 miles a week or more especially when prepping for ½ marathons. I would lose weight but still have cellulite and not tone up. When I started weight training with my current trainer, he asked me to stop long distance running because my body needed time to adjust to his workout regimen and also because running 25-30 miles a week would have negated trying to build my muscles.
A few months in, he asked me to start sprinting and I can attest to the fact that sprinting combined with weight training, and of course clean eating helped transform my body. I also now run much faster whenenever I particiapte in 5K’s or 10k’s compared to when I was ONLY running.
My opinion is that jogging, running or sprinting WILL burn calories and help with weight loss but it cannot be the ONLY activity you engage. All three ON THEIR OWN do different things to the body, produce totally different results and MUST be combined with strength training and clean eating for a shapely, tighter body.
I choose sprinting because of its inexhaustible benefits and also because it supports my fitness goals. This article further ellaborates the benefits of Sprinting http://www.livestrong.com/article/542871-the-effects-of-sprinting/
Not all Running Is Created Equal!