Post # 1
I have been trying to lose weight for a while and have my up and down weeks. I lost 5 pounds so far, have a ton more to go. I have the eating thing down and have I contribute the 5 pounds to my eating habits and not excercising. I am slowly adding excercise back into my life.
I know weight lifting has many benefits, but as others have the scale does not move as much. Do you think I should wait to incoperate weights until I drop more weight? I have about 50 pounds to lose and feel like lower calorie intake and cardio would be better at this point. Any advice from bees who have lost this much weight?
Post # 3
Weight training is the best way to lose weight, IMO.
Cardio is a quick burn of calories, which makes you more hungry in order to replace them.
Weight training is slow burn: you burn calories for days after your work out, so it’s less of an effect on your appetite.
Look up some good complexes, mix cardio and weight training (cardio is good for heart health), and up your lean proteins.
Post # 4
I am type 2 diabetic, when I found out, I was on strict diet. I lost 50 pounds by eating foods with absolutely no sugars, no carbs and no (or) very low fat content. And I didnt drink sodas either, strictly water or unsweetened iced teas and coffee. That was 50 pounds in about 8 months. Everything was monitored by my doctor because of the diabetes.
Post # 5
I agree that cardio is more important if you have a lot of weight to lose, so if you have to choose I would choose cardio. That said, strength training is great too and can certainly help! What is your current exercise routine like?
Post # 6
I would do both cardio and weight training. You should incorporate intervals into your cardio, it ups the calorie burning and you can exercise for less time!
Post # 7
I lost ~50 lbs basically just counting calories and doing 30 minutes of cardio 5x a week. I know strength training is really important to some people but I just don’t get much for results personally.
Post # 8
@RunnerBride13: My current is a mix of cardio workout DVD’s. The one I use the most has 6 ten minute sections-all different workouts so I mix that up. I know I do not work out as much as I should. Usually only like twice a week-my schedule is just so crazy and I just cannot find the motivation to wake up at 5 am to workout!
Post # 9
Well, if you can sacrifice 15 minutes 2-3x a week to lift weights then it would be a great addition to your exercise routine.
That’s only 30-45 minutes a week, so it isn’t detracting too much from cardio. Generally you can burn more calories in an equal amount of time doing cardio–that’s why it’s appealing for weight loss BUT you’ll look better if you can incorporate strength training as soon as possible.
Post # 10
@vanilla44: Oh man, yeah 5am is rough!! Well, you don’t have to do it every day, maybe you can say you will do a 5am workout twice during the week and then on the weekends (I assume you don’t have to do it at 5am then) and boom there’s 4 days/week! And then maybe you can do your DVDs on the other days. I love the Jillian Michaels DVDs! Maybe look into HIIT cardio as well (just google it, there’s tons of info) if you’re short on time.