Should I focus on cardio first to lose weight, then weight lifting?

  • MEGATRON

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    Sep 12, 2020 4:30 PM GMT
    I'm trying to lose a good 40-50 pounds. A lot of people are telling me not to lift weights because it will just make me bigger and won't really help with losing weight. I've been told to focus on cardio and then start lifting weights to add some muscle after.

    Is this good or bad advice?
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    Sep 12, 2020 4:37 PM GMT
    Why not do a mix of both? But for more rapid weight loss, I would suggest that an emphsis on cardio is the better path. Yet nothing says you still can’t do some weights and resistance training a few times a week, too.
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    Sep 12, 2020 8:32 PM GMT
    Don't worry, you will fail anyway , like you usually do, because you have zero self discipline.

    And about the topic, it doesn't matter what you do, you can jump on 1 leg or do hula hoops all day or lift dumbbells, you are burning calories regardless.

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  • Gutsy

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    Sep 13, 2020 2:50 AM GMT
    Cmon
    Lean body mass (muscle) burns more calories at rest than fat; lift to tone/add muscle AND cardio to burn calories.
    But..... carbs gotta be cut back, and intermittent fasting is a great kickstart for weight loss.
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    Sep 13, 2020 3:04 AM GMT
    MEGATRON saidA lot of people are telling me not to lift weights because it will just make me bigger and won't really help with losing weight.
    Is this good or bad advice?


    Worst advice ever! Muscle burns more calories, even when you're sitting on the sofa, so gaining muscle is crucial. If you really want to lose fat faster, do your cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Black coffee and water is fine though. Be sure and get your heart rate up to where it needs to be to burn the most fat. You can do your weight training later on the same day or alternate and do it on the next day. But be sure and do both.

    I also suggest reading this book, "Proteinaholic" by Dr Garth Davis. That alone will cause you to drop fat. Avoid the carb-phobia and avoid Keto at all costs.
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    Sep 13, 2020 3:32 AM GMT
    It's going to require a combo of both. As mentioned earlier, try training on an empty stomach (pre-workout/BCAA are fine) and do intermittent fasting. I personally train in the AM & in a fasted state; lift weight first for about an hour, then 30 mins of HIIT cardio. Also, very important rule of thumb, DO NOT drink your calories. Good luck.
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    Sep 14, 2020 1:07 PM GMT
    Fat issues should be addressed in the kitchen.

    Muscle issues should be addressed in the gym.

    The average person uses cardio as a bandaid to cover up poor eating habits.
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    Sep 14, 2020 7:32 PM GMT
    ExBex saidFat issues should be addressed in the kitchen.

    Muscle issues should be addressed in the gym.

    The average person uses cardio as a bandaid to cover up poor eating habits.


    That's a very simplistic approach and it implies that you're saying that cardio doesn't burn fat. Why do one when you can do both? Cardio + weight training + good nutrition will whip you into shape faster than any other approach. True, cardio won't fix a shitty diet but that's no excuse to skip it. Not to mention, it's good for heart health and general well-being.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 14, 2020 7:45 PM GMT
    Radd said
    MEGATRON saidA lot of people are telling me not to lift weights because it will just make me bigger and won't really help with losing weight.
    Is this good or bad advice?


    Worst advice ever! Muscle burns more calories, even when you're sitting on the sofa, so gaining muscle is crucial. If you really want to lose fat faster, do your cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Black coffee and water is fine though. Be sure and get your heart rate up to where it needs to be to burn the most fat. You can do your weight training later on the same day or alternate and do it on the next day. But be sure and do both.

    I also suggest reading this book, "Proteinaholic" by Dr Garth Davis. That alone will cause you to drop fat. Avoid the carb-phobia and avoid Keto at all costs.


    I agree with all this. But the best advice I ever got was to adopt a lifestyle that would sustain you at your desired goals, presumably muscular/lean. Don't do anything exceptional to get to your goal. Just adopt a lifetime eating pattern (including cheats) and workout/cardio pattern to sustain muscles at your desired size. Then eat and workout at those levels. Your body will transform to that and you'll have created a lifestyle.
  • wild_sky360

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    Sep 15, 2020 4:44 AM GMT
    High intensity interval training HIIT burns cardio calories,while building stamina for lifting, which gives quickest results overall.
    proper diet to. Keto or intermittent fasting are easy and powerful interventions.

    You might like the look of keeping some meat on your bones once you start building muscle and before the lean cut. Got a few options for look outcomes and how they feel
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    Sep 15, 2020 4:55 AM GMT
    Radd said
    ExBex saidFat issues should be addressed in the kitchen.

    Muscle issues should be addressed in the gym.

    The average person uses cardio as a bandaid to cover up poor eating habits.


    That's a very simplistic approach and it implies that you're saying that cardio doesn't burn fat. Why do one when you can do both? Cardio + weight training + good nutrition will whip you into shape faster than any other approach. True, cardio won't fix a shitty diet but that's no excuse to skip it. Not to mention, it's good for heart health and general well-being.


    yeah
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    Sep 15, 2020 2:19 PM GMT
    Radd said
    ExBex saidFat issues should be addressed in the kitchen.

    Muscle issues should be addressed in the gym.

    The average person uses cardio as a bandaid to cover up poor eating habits.


    That's a very simplistic approach and it implies that you're saying that cardio doesn't burn fat. Why do one when you can do both? Cardio + weight training + good nutrition will whip you into shape faster than any other approach. True, cardio won't fix a shitty diet but that's no excuse to skip it. Not to mention, it's good for heart health and general well-being.


    lol, simple doesn't mean wrong. It's simplistic to say just do everything! Target your approach to the goal. Nobody GOT fat by NOT doing cardio. They got fat by eating too much and (probably) eating "toxic" foods that exacerbate fat storage, (for example, things that are goitrogenic or estrogenic). Yes, you can cardio your way to a good body weight despite your toxic diet. It's tough, and you WILL yo-yo up again. That's a bandaid.

    I maintain my healthy bodyweight with zero gym cardio. It isn't necessary and there are many valid reasons to "skip" it.

    It's important to overemphasize the KITCHEN when there is a huge bias toward gym-based "solutions." I don't think it's a surprise that the original poster is 50 pounds overweight and didn't even mention nutrition as a possible approach to his problem.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 03, 2020 7:02 PM GMT
    MEGATRON saidI'm trying to lose a good 40-50 pounds. A lot of people are telling me not to lift weights because it will just make me bigger and won't really help with losing weight. I've been told to focus on cardio and then start lifting weights to add some muscle after.

    Is this good or bad advice?
    From the looks of your photos, you appear to be in very good physical shape. I say get on the workout floor and get busy pumping ironicon_smile.gif
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    Oct 08, 2020 11:20 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    MEGATRON saidI'm trying to lose a good 40-50 pounds. A lot of people are telling me not to lift weights because it will just make me bigger and won't really help with losing weight. I've been told to focus on cardio and then start lifting weights to add some muscle after.

    Is this good or bad advice?
    From the looks of your photos, you appear to be in very good physical shape. I say get on the workout floor and get busy pumping ironicon_smile.gif


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