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

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Cardio or strength training?


    Strength training

    Equal amounts of both

    Other...please explain!

  • Post # 17
    2 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I need to jump on the workout bandwagon too!  My friend lost weight for her sisters wedding with clean eating and she loved the Brazilian butt lift videos!

    Post # 18
    1227 posts
    Bumble bee

    Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating series of cook books are excellent places to get good info on eating clean. I highly recommend them!

    Post # 19
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Try Sculpting Her Body Perfect by Brad Schoenfeld.  It,along with Weight Watchers, helped me lose 30 lbs.  Cardio burns fat for 1 hr after u have completed.  Muscle burns fat for energy 24 hours a day.  I recommend at least 3 sessions of moderately heavy to heavy weights weekly.  Make sure u are eating plenty of lean protein and complex carbs and try to cut out processed foods.  Whey protein isolate shakes are good.

    Post # 20
    2080 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Weight training first, then cardio after for 30 minutes. The cardio can be a low intensity some days, on heavy lifting days, but you should do at least 3 days of interval training or high intensity. Ab days are good for high intensity cardio. Lifting weight will build muscle and increased muscle burns fat and also speeds up your metabolism. Cardio helps burn calories and fat, but the lifting will help with your metabolism and help keep things tight and toned. Be sure you’re eating 5 times a day and taking in your weight in grams of protein. Not eating enough calories will slow down your metabolism and make your body hold on to fat. Not eating enough protein may cause you to burn more muscle than fat. Good luck!

    Post # 21
    2080 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @SeaSalt:  yes!

    Post # 22
    2080 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Spin class is a great HIIT work out. 

    Post # 23
    3716 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I find that I need 2 1 hour sessions of weights (I do bodypump) and 5 1 hour sessions of cardio (I run). If you have 7 hours a week, it does wonders to get your metabolism up and help you drop the weight. You can even run/walk with the baby in the stroller to make it less burdensome.

    Post # 24
    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I definitely recommend HIIT and lifting big! Check out some of the Les Mills classes that are probably offered at various gym’s in your area. I am a Body Pump, RPM and Body Attack instructor and they are great workouts!

    I follow Tosca Reno religiously, love her books/recipes!

    I’ve been thinking about going Paleo recently. There’s a new Crossfit box opening up in my town and I would really like to try it. I know they push the Paleo thing. It’s not a stretch from how I regularly eat anyways. I did a fitness competition a couple of months ago so I’ve pretty much kept most of the contest prep diet going. I’d love to hear anyone’s feedback on Crossfit!

    Post # 25
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee

    I tell my customers that cardio burns calories you ate yesterday.  Strength training burns the calories you will eat tomorrow.  The more muscle, the higher your metabolism.

    Post # 26
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee

    Muscle mass helps you burn more calories throughout the day as opposed to cardio which burns it in one shot. I would do both – the way I’m working out now is that I lift weights (my routine takes around 45 minutes or so) and then do 30 minutes of cardio afterwards. I would recommend HIIT cardio because that helps burn more calories longer.

    Post # 28
    4943 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Anyone here with thyroid issues have success with the weight loss? I haven’t gained much compared to many people with thyroid disease (probably 20 lbs), but because I’m petite, it is more noticeable IMO. Nothing has worked. Every endocrinologist tells me it’s just my age. I call bullshit on that.


    Post # 29
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    @GFerg:  Try the primal blueprint. Maybe cut down or out the dairy…it destroyed my thyroid function! 

    Also, diet is 80%, exercise 20%. Eat clean, lose the grains, up the veggies. Turn off the TV and move often. I love Brazillian Butt Lift, Chalean Extreme, and Cross Fit. I currently haven’t been doing many workouts (job is active) but I am 5’4″, a size 4-6, 27″ waist, and 34 years old. Most think I am 25. Good luck!

    Post # 30
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    By far diet is the biggest factor in weight loss. Fitness is good for you for other reasons (heart health, looking toned, etc.) but if you try to exercise to “get in shape” without changing the underlying issues, you will gain all the weight back as soon as you stop hitting the gym regularly. I tend to avoid “fad”diets, and my diet is borrowed from a number of sources. I’m gluten intolerant so I like some of the paleo cookbooks for good gluten-free stuff, but I don’t put much stock in the underlying “science”. I DO like nutrition stuff published by people who are legitimate nutrition folks. Precision Nutrition has a really well thought out program and seems to be fairly sound from a scientific perspective.

    That being said, exercise increases your energy needs so it can get you to a place where you can happily eat more and still lose/maintain weight. You just have to be consistent.

    Strength training is REALLY important for women. Putting stress on your bones helps prevent osteoperosis, and good strength training can ensure that your muscles are working right and prevents injury down the road. 

    Cardio is good for cardiovascular health too. 

    I personally do both — strength training 2-3x per week, cardio 3-4x per week. I LOVE circuit training for its variety and have become a big fan of non-traditional cardio that combines some strength work too. 

    Some of my personal favorite sites: girlsgonestrong.com (love these ladies’ blogs, and it’s nice to see strong, feminine role models), precisionnutrition.com.

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