Jump to content

If your goal is to lose weight...
Would you concentrate more on cardio?


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 paula1

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:19 PM

Hi Ladies,

I want to lose about 15kg's and I'm doing weights and cardio in the gym as per the 12 WBT.
I'm wondering whether I should concentrate more on cardio and continue with weights but perhaps do less until I've lost some more weight?
I understand the importance of weights but I wonder if maybe for the next 6 weeks I should make the focus of my workouts more cardio.

Any opinions would be great

Edited by paula1, 06 November 2012 - 07:20 PM.


#2 brazen

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:23 PM

not that i'm very successful at losing weight but i have read that doing weights is just as important as it is better at increasing your metabolism original.gif i try to do 1/2 / 1/2 most gym visits original.gif

#3 SlightlyLeftFeral

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

Both are important.

Weights increase muscle mass which need more calories just to work. So you will continue burning more calories long after your work out.

How many weight and cardio days are you doing? I do 2 weight days but as my warm up I jog on the treadmill for 2km so still fitting in cardio even on weight days.

#4 *molly*

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

No way, I'd put more effort into my weights. Works for me original.gif

#5 paula1

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

On the program they want us to do 2 days of cardio, 2 days of toning (weights) and 1 super Saturday which we are required to burn approx 1000 calories.

On the toning days I work hard but i'm not burning many calories. I was wondering if maybe i should spend more time doing cardio and maybe only 15 mins of weights until i've lost more weight and the results of the weight training will be visible.

Edited by paula1, 06 November 2012 - 07:57 PM.


#6 Phoenix Blue

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:15 PM

Weights.

Up the intensity of your 'toning'. Add shuttle runs, skipping, mountain climbs, etc between your weight sets.  Keep your HR up.

More importantly, make sure you are lifting weights that are heavy enough. You should struggle to do the last rep. 'Toning' is a really blurgh word and I personally hate it.  I'm surprised that MB uses it?

#7 TPS

Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE
Weights.

Up the intensity of your 'toning'. Add shuttle runs, skipping, mountain climbs, etc between your weight sets. Keep your HR up.

More importantly, make sure you are lifting weights that are heavy enough. You should struggle to do the last rep.


^^ this

The higher your lean muscle mass, the higher your basal metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories ALL THE TIME compared to having a lower muscle mass. Plus you look better! And weight training may burn less calories in the session, but the post workout burn is higher (for 24-36 hours afterwards!). All good and well to do cardio, but make it high intensity interval type training (such as Tabata).

#8 Mellows

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

Your main focus should be your diet. You can loose weight just by adjusting your diet. Weights shape your body and keep your body tight. If your working hard enough with weights it will burn calories.
I suggest weights 3 days per week and interval training 20mins 2 days per week.
Goodluck! original.gif



#9 strawberrycakes

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:21 AM

Strict clean diet & weights all the way for me.

I have lost 7kg in just under 5 weeks through diet & weight training 3 days a week only.

Over the past month my body shape has changed dramatically from the weight training.  I do heavy weights too not high rep low weights like pump for eg but heavy body building style training.  IT WORKS.

Years ago I lost 35kg through cardio & in all honesty I may still weigh 20kg more than I did then but my body shape already looks better for eg my arms are smaller & more toned than they have ever been.

Diet essentially is the most important.  I am now addictd to calorie counting.  I count every morsel of food that enters my lips.  If I feel like chocolate I eat a low sugar chocolate & factor it in to my daily calories.

A couple of weeks into my 'diet' I became ill & didn't work out for nearly a fortnight.  I watched my diet very closely & still lost 2.5kg during that time with no exercise at all.

Cardio is important for cardiovascular health & yes it will burn calories but weight training ime & imo gets better results faster original.gif

Edited by strawberrycakes, 08 November 2012 - 10:22 AM.


#10 paula1

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

Thanks everyone original.gif
I'm just wondering if there's a layer of fat over the muscle how does this change the shape of the body?
I thought this happened once you have lost some of the weight therefore the muscle definition will be visible??? I have about 12kg or so to lose so I'm wondering if the effort I put in with weights will only show once that weight is lost?
Wdyt?

#11 strawberrycakes

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

QUOTE
I'm just wondering if there's a layer of fat over the muscle how does this change the shape of the body?
I thought this happened once you have lost some of the weight therefore the muscle definition will be visible??? I have about 12kg or so to lose so I'm wondering if the effort I put in with weights will only show once that weight is lost?
Wdyt?
Well yes & no.  Doing weights increases your metabolism so you lose weight faster iykwim.  Weights just keep everything tighter even if you can't see definition yet.

I would much prefer seeing a nice tight body as the fat layers come away rather than being skinny & flabby iykwim. original.gif

#12 paula1

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:13 PM

Yes I know exactly what you mean....just wish this would also help with cellulite!

Edited by paula1, 08 November 2012 - 02:14 PM.


#13 Shanski

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

I'm not an expert but I have lost 18kg this year and it was wih a combination of calorie counting, cardio everyday and weights and resistance training daily.

I would start on the treadmill and go for about 20min doing tabata intervals. I would then do approx 35 mins of weights interspersed with cardio stuff eg lat pull down, bent over row and burpees 3 times through, chest press, push-ups and mountain climbers 3 times,  barbell bicep curls, hammer curls jump squats 3 times. And finish with a 5min stretch.

I have a different program for legs and arms and I incorporate a few cardio classes at the gym for fun as well.

In my personal experience all 3 things (cardio, diet and weight training) are important but in the words of my trainer she said cardio will drop your weight fast but if you don't have muscle underneath you will still look flabby.

I hope you figure out what works for you and you reach your goals.


#14 kelsta1978

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:55 AM

Completely agree with what Phoenix Blue said, add little bouts of cardio between your weights like skipping, star jumps etc to get more calorie burn.

I did cardio for years at the gym but never saw a difference until I started doing strength as well.

#15 KiwiMelW

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:33 AM

Another one to add to the weights training. I do P90X.  Heaps of weights training with reps no more than 8 - 10.  So pretty high weights.

A month before my wedding, I weighed my goal weight 59kilo (havent weighed that since high school!), looked the best I have ever looked in my life and my body had turned into a fat burning machine.

I was even dropping weight on days I wasnt training at all and because I couldnt get my dress altered I actually had to stop training and start eating alot more to stay at that weight.

Once this bubs is out I will be getting back into weight training.

#16 ShelleyFerguson

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:43 AM

To lose weight, cardio is the best way to burn fat. Weights help, but you burn fat by burning calories, and since you will burn more calories with cardio, that's the way to go.

Cardio alone won't get the job done in the quickest fasion though. Exercise and healthy diet are two sides of the same coin. Both need to be addressed if weight loss is your aim.

#17 strawberrycakes

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:57 AM

QUOTE
To lose weight, cardio is the best way to burn fat. Weights help, but you burn fat by burning calories, and since you will burn more calories with cardio, that's the way to go.
  Cardio may burn slightly more during the workout but the moment the exercise stops so does the fat burning.
After doing weights the body continues to burn calories up to 36 hours after exercise has stopped.  The more lean muscle you have the higher the metabolism needs to be to burn calories to feed the muscle.
So with that to consider it is why IMO I believe weights is better than cardio.
As I said in an earlier post I have lost 8kg now in just over 5 weeks through clean eating, calorie control & weight training. When I do cardio I ensure that I am doing it on an empty stomach so I am burning fat stores. I also do steady rate cardio, too high an intensity & the body will actually switch off buring fat stores & start burning muscle as the body can break down that 'energy source' easier than the fat stores iykwim.

#18 theb3an

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:55 AM

weight loss is all about a caloric deficit so you must eat the correct amount of calories according to your age, height, weight and current exercise level.  

cardio is great for blasting overall body fat but when you include strength training into your program, you torch even more calories.  strength training builds lean muscle mass which maximizes calorie burn at rest (and it's what you want).  the type of cardio you do is also important.  an intense 30mins cardio session is more effective than an hour on the treadmill.  HIIT programs are extremely effective because it helps raise your EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) or what is commonly known as "after-burn effect". when you do longer intervals of intense exercise with short recovery periods, you are constantly challenging your body/heart rate, your body requires more energy to return your body to its normal (rest) state therefore,  your body will continue to burn calories after you finish exercising to accomplish this.    this is why programs such as insanity or p90x or turbofire etc are so effective and can transform your body in 3 months or less instead of using conventional cardio methods which can take up to a year.

personally, i would alternate weights and cardio every other day.  i saw the best weight loss results when i started increasing my weight lifting because i was building awesome lean muscle mass.

i also eat clean 100% with zero cheating so this is also a large contributing factor of my weight loss.

Edited by theb3an, 22 November 2012 - 05:03 AM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.