(Closed) Need advice: cardio vs. strength training for weight loss

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Cardio or strength training?
    Cardio : (12 votes)
    17 %
    Strength training : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Equal amounts of both : (50 votes)
    69 %
    Other...please explain! : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Cardio burns more calories. A bigger calorie deficit means more weight loss. You still need to weight train, but cardio is more important for you to burn calories quickly. If you don’t weight train, your muscles don’t stay as strong for your workouts. You kinda need them for that lol. Alternate them on a schedule that works for you. 🙂

    Post # 4
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    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I always found that when I did interval training is when I lost the most “inches” and looked better in my clothing.. The lbs would come off the scale the more cardio I did, but I looked way better when I did interval training. I did “Tabata”.

    Post # 5
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    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Cardio is fast-burn whereas weight training is slow burn.  The issue with cardio is that you are burning calories at such a rate that your body will demand more food to offset the deficit.

    Weight training burns calories slower, over several days, so there is less of an effect on appetite.

    Running won’t make you skinny.  You should run for your cardiovascular health.  Complexes are the best way to lose weight through exercise. 

    Post # 6
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    1227 posts
    Bumble bee

    Weights and clean eating, perhaps some HIIT 2x/week. 

    Go to a gym and look at the physiques of the people on the cardio equipment, then look at the physiques of the people lifting heavy weights. There’s your answer. 

    Post # 8
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    1227 posts
    Bumble bee

    I really like Jamie Eason’s 12 week live fit trainer.  It’s not easy (as in it takes committment ), but it delivers results, and there is lots of information provided along the way.  You can find it at BodyBuilding.com. There is a great facebook support group as well (search for it on FB with the same name)

    My plan is to start it again next year, repeating phase 1 & 2 until I’m where I want to be a month before the wedding, then do phase 3 just before.

    But that kind of training might not be your thing. (My goal is to be ripped for my wedding)

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would reverse your percentage if you want to burn and lose weight- 70% cardio, about 1 hour a day 4-5x a week combined with strength training 2-3x a week with lower weights. Also be sure to modify your diet, with lean protein, vegetables and a small amount of digestible carbs per meal. Eat 5x a day to get your metabolism back on track, the cardio will make you hungry but snack smart- small bags of vegetables, almonds, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. It’s tough but effective! I dropped over 25lbs doing the above and towards the LAST week before my wedding I bumped up my cardio even more to drop additional water weight. Like I said, not easy, but it’s your wedding! Stay motivated by remembering WHY you are doing it all. Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The only thing that worked for me was 30 mins of cardio and then weight lifting for approx the same time. I lost approx 10 lbs doing this workout.  Good luck!!  The weights totally made me lose inches not so much lbs but I could see a difference in my arms and my back!!

    Post # 12
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    1227 posts
    Bumble bee

    @RampagingZeebs:  

    Here’s some websites with info.  My preference is for treadmill running HiIT workouts, but you can do it on a track/street/bike/whatever

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ultimate-8-week-hiit-for-fat-burning-program.html

    HIIT Workout: The Best Cardio for Fat Loss

     

    They aren’t easy, but they are short, and you feel soooooo good when they’re done (not in the “thank god that’s over” sense, but the “wow, I feel awesome” sense)

    2-3 times a week, MAX because of the intensity.

     

    ETA: I also find them far more interesting than spending 45 minutes running on a treadmill. 

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @RampagingZeebs:  I learned how to do tabata at a nutrition and fitness center.  But the youtube videos kind of show you how to do it. I did it at home, which was even better. All I had was a ball and some small weights. It really works though! PM me if you need any ideas!

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @RampagingZeebs:  I did 15 mins of weight loss on the treadmill at a higher level and then 15 mins on the “stepper” thing (not sure what its really called) also on weight loss and a high level.  Then I’d do weight lifting machines which I would switch up every few days or so.  Mostly arms and stomach machines.  This is what worked for me.  I began working out over a year before the wedding and I did different routines (ie: just cardio for 45 mins to an hour, just treadmill, just stepper) but in the end the combo is what worked for me.

    In the very beginning before I joined the gym I did Jillians 30 Day shred… did it for 2 months but didn’t see much of a result…that’s why I ended up joining the gym.

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @SeaSalt:  +1!

    I’ve also gone paleo – cutting out grains, dairy, legumes and processed foods. I feel amazing, and its really helps control bloatng. Been able to lean myself out and build muscle at the same time. I’ve never felt stronger – or been smaller. 

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