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Old February 23rd 08, 09:11 PM posted to,rec.running,,
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Default Does weight lifting or cardio exercises speed weight loss?

On Feb 22, 9:58 am, Prisoner at War wrote:
On Feb 21, 2:02 am, wrote:

Does weight lifting speed up weight loss quicker or does cardio

Carido does -- but dieting helps most of all. You really can't burn
enough calories to make up for a thousands of daily calories, unless
maybe if you're Army infantry or something.

If someone has a goal to lose about 45 to 50 lbs. in three
months and are following a healthy diet/calorie plan, would cardio
exercises be the best choice to meet their weight loss goal quicker?

Definitely. But you should do some weight-training as well, just for
the general healthy aspects of it. The advice from lifters is that
muscles burn calories even at rest, but a recent NYT article this year
noted that those increased muscles -- at rest -- would only burn an
extra 25 or so calories a yeah it's true that more
musculature burns more calories but apparently not much more at

Two of my friends spent money on a personal trainer to help them with
their weight loss goal. Their trainer had them due 20 minutes of
cardio and 60 minutes of weight lifting with different routines 4
times a week. After 4 months of weightlifting with cardio exercises
and following a healthy plan to reach their weightloss goal, they only
loss 10 to 15lbs. Which was very frustrating for them.

Yes, it may be frustrating, but it's also safer to lose weight slowly
than too fast. It's also possible that your friends gained a few
pounds of muscle (though probably only three or four) which had offset
the losses. Main thing is to see whether they look good or
not...there are people on that "Biggest Loser" TV show who weigh fifty
pounds less than me and yet look round as a beach ball!

Today, both of my friends lost a lot of weight by eating healthy and
doing cardio exercises 4 times a week for 60 minutes a day on their
own. One lost 55lbs. and the other lost 50lbs. They both tell me
that cardio exercises helped them reach their weight loss goal quicker
than weight lifting. Now that they have reached their goal, they are
now incorporating weights to their exercises along with cardio. They
exercise 3 times a week, each day 20-30 minutes of weightlifting and
30 minutes of cardio.

Well, looks like you knew the answer all along, then!

If someone has about 50 lbs. to 75 lbs. to lose in 6 months and
follows a healthy food plan, should they lose the majority of their
weight with cardio exercises first, then incorporate weight lifting
and cardio once they reached their goal?

Any thoughts?

Yes, if weight loss is the primary objective, dieting is most
effective, then cardio, then weights. But best of all is to
incorporate all three, uh, "disciplines" into any plan.

The real question is: is the goal to reduce your weight or to look
better. Since muscle weighs more than fat we may even get weight at
the beginning of exercising after a sedentary life style. I
recommend to my weight reduction clients to forget about using the
scale for the first few weeks of getting fit and use their clothes as
a measure of success. Later they can use their weight as a guideline.

As far as the original question is concerned a combination of eating
well (lowering calories while eating more nutritious foods like more
fruits and vegetables) doing both cardio and weights leads to best
permanent weight reduction.