Can you lose weight on cardio alone?

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    Jun 20, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    I'm not really sure "how" to exercise. I have a considerable amount of weight to lose, so I've mainly just been doing cardio. Elliptical, running/jogging/walking at the local track. I've also been doing sit-ups/crunches and push-ups, but that's about it. Do I really need to lift weights in order to lose weight?

    I do eventually want to weight lift, but right now my main priority is dropping pounds. My plan is basically to try to lose weight with cardio, crunches, and push ups, and of course eating healthy. Then once I save up some money, I'd like to hire a trainer to help me with strength training.

    Any advice?
  • cageym

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    Jun 20, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Losing weight is a matter of burning more calories than you consume.
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    Jun 20, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    I lost weight without [much] cardio...only walking.
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    Jun 20, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    No you can lose weight by just doing cardio. However, if you eventually want to tone up skin after you lose weight you will have to start doing some lifting at some point. But to just lose weight, cardio is key with healthy eating of course.
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    Jun 20, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    you can lose weight, but if you do only cardio then you'll just look like a smaller version of yourself. If self esteem and "looking better" is what you're after then you should incorporate some muscle building into your routine. Remember, muscle building will help you burn calories 24/7
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    Jun 20, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    I think losing weight is more about what you eat than the exercise you do. If you truly have a lot of weight to lose 50+ pounds you might consider joining weight watchers. I have a friend who is using their program and he's lost 30 pounds in the last 3 months. From what he's told me, it's good nutrition (cutting out processed foods from your diet), sensible portion sizes and moderate exercise.

    Good luck!
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 23, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Hi there,
    You can certainly lose weight on cardio alone as it boosts your energy needs beyond what you eat ie calorie deficit.It also tends to up your metabolism long term so any spare calories tend to be consumed rather than laid down as fat,but as other contributors have said,to tone/muscle up,you will need weight training,extra protein,etc
    All the best fellow!
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    Jun 24, 2011 7:19 AM GMT
    I'm surprised at the replies here. I may be off by just a bit, but blindly 1 pound of muscle will burn about 35 calories per day:


    More than one study has shown that untrained men who lifted weights could burn an extra 30-35 calories for each pound of muscle gained.


    If you just do cardio you're going to have a longer way to go than if you do weights.

    Even worse, is you're going to end up losing weight but being 'skinny fat'. Best way is to 'turn the fat into muscle' (no that's not the scientific way but the visual way).

    Workout for 45 minutes, then after that hit the cardio for 30-45 minutes.

    countrycityboy said My plan is basically to try to lose weight with cardio, crunches, and push ups, and of course eating healthy.


    Crunches is not cardio. That's weight lifting. Push-ups? That's weight lifting. Your chest and abs. What about your back? Your legs? You biceps?

    You can't work out 1 part and not the other. Forget about money. Forget about saving money for a trainer. Do it NOW. Join a gym and they'll give you 1st 2 or 3 training sessions free. That way you can get the jist of working out. Then get your butt in the gym and do it.

    Time is running out!
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    Jun 24, 2011 7:29 AM GMT
    yes, if your goal is to just lose weight.

    do resistance training, the right kind on the right days and it will elevate your hgh and testosterone levels. higher levels of that (naturally) will have a fat burning benefit.

    if you don't know how, hire a trainer. don't waste your time working out the wrong way. why do something if you're not going to do it 100%, right?

    also, stay away from caffeine. it fucks with all sorts of hormones in your body, ultimately leading to fat gain.
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    Jun 24, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    you can lose weight on apples alone, but you shouldn´t.

    First priority is diet
    second is lifting
    third is cardio