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Cardio vs weightlifting


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Hi all!  Hopefully you guys can help me with this.  I'm trying to lose 10-15 more pounds.  I've been doing cardio/weights 3x a week for an hour to  an hour and a half.  I've been told to just focus on doing strictly cardio for now and not really do the weights until I get down to the weight I want to be (which is 125-120) and then incorporate weights.  Is this better?  I really want to get rid of the slight pooch on my abs and tone my arms.  I do the eliptical (lvl 14) for 35-40 mins, and weight machines (including ab machines) for 1/2 hour.  Sometimes I'll go a bit longer on the cardio.  I keep my caloric intake around 1600 (I weigh 135 for right now so that is where I'm supposed to be to lose a pound a week).

So will doing cardio burn up all the fat then?  Is the advise good?  Thanks much! 
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Cardio burns fat.

Weightlifting buids muscle.

First loose allthe fat you eant to loose then build muscle.
Im a guy and I do 30-45  Minutes of cardio a day and I lift weights.  I don't know if this is the proper thing to do but thats what I do lol.
If you care more about getting rid of the fat then seeing a number on the scale, it may actually help to start weight-training.  You'll develop muscle, and the more your muscles are the higher your BMR is--so if you have more muscle, you burn more calories whether you are sitting on your butt, or running on the treadmill, or standing in line at the grocery store.
I personally believe that you should do cardio at least 5 times a day and weight training every other day. This is the routine that I have just started. 
I agree with ramason... it may take a little bit longer to see the results by doing weights but it will be more toned, slimmer results... But a combo of both is always great... If you are doing weights though, I would suggest to take measurements as well so you see inch loss if the scale stops... since you will be building muscle.
Hi esteckel!

i am an ex-swimmer and used to/ still do both cardio and weight lifting. I think incorporating weights into your workout is a great thing because many people don't. If you want to lose the extra weight, cut out any heavy lifting you do and work more with free weights. This will give you lean muscle mass versus the bulky build associated with heavier weights.

To get rid of the *pooch* try running for 10 minutes whenever you work out. You said u like to use the elliptical, but a treadmill makes all the difference...even if it is only 10 minutes. You will most likely see results immediately (2 weeks!)

Good Luck With everything!
how fast should you have your treadmill set when you are running. I don't run, but might start to get rid of my pooch.
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You guys are awesome!  I'm starting to work out in the mornings now.  I do elliptical because it is easier on my joints (even though I do high levels....figure THAT one out!).  I'll start doing the treadmill to break things up a bit.  Thanks for the wonderful advice!  :-D  Em
well if i feel good i set my speed anywhere from 6.5-6.9. On an average dayi set it at 6.2. If i am not in a running mood i may set it to 5.8. I have long legs though so it all varies. ASs lkong as u make the effort to run a  few times a week, regardless of speed, you will see results.
Thanks. Think I'll try that when my kids aren't around to watch.
Yesterday I tried to run on the treadmill for a minute i think i lasted and my heart rate went  to 163 n i couldn't breath.  I am def. not a runner but how do I start trying to learn how.  I couldn't last long because I was so out of breath and thought I was going to pass out.  Does anyone have any suggestions?
ajtimes24u- try the "couch to 5K" thread on this forum or the "learn to run who wants to do this with me" thread. both might be good starting points.  I don't run but from the titles of these threads they are just what you may need.
weights build muscle. 

muscle burns cals/fat. 

1 pound of muscle takes up less space than 1 pound of fat (if you have a pound of metal and a pound of popcorn...which takes up less space?) 

As you gain muscle the scale might not be your friend though...focus on measurements and how your clothes fit instead.
Cardio burns fat BUT Weight Lifting builds Muscle which burns MORE fat than your current body.

SO you need to do both, or else you will be losing Fat AND Muscle Mass. You want to keep your body strong so your only losing fat.

Waiting to do weight lifting is anti productive.
I have to disagree brainded - I lost 55 lbs and never lifted a weight only watched my food and walked.  I only started lifting weights a year ago and have not lost any weight but have gained.

You can lose weight if you watch what you eat and workout.  Weights although very good for firming and toning muscles and helping burn a few extra cals in a day but not doing weights isn't going to make weight loss anti productive
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Keep up the weight training also as its very important to build muslce as it burns more calories. Your calories do seem quite high i would take them to 1400 a day remember to be getting the best type of food you can - no cakes etc. But im sure you know all of this. You dont really have to do so much cardio the more you do now the more you will have to do to keep the weight off. Keep it to 3 x 20 mins sessions a week but make it high intensity. Going from light to really going for it every 5 mins. Skipping is excellant and running. The weight training has to be the same lifting light weights dosent do much for you, you must feel you cant go on at the end of a rep but keep the number of reps low. Hope this helps you, i have done this system for years and keep trim. Where before i was doing an hour cardio at a time for 4/5 days but getting very tired and then when i cut it down on went the weight. Good luck.
I work with a trainer... Doing weights and cardio is what the pro's recommend.  Only lift a comfortable weight, in three sets.... I do 8, 10, and 12.  I've been losing weight pretty consistently every week... and I also do Weight Watchers... 

If you go to http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/index.php  it tells you all about the benefits of weight lifting for women... I was suprised myself :)
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I'm a trainer............stick with both...........they are both great fat burners............and lifting will help you tone faster.................small weights and high reps tend to work for my clients
Because they build lean muscle instead of bulking, right? More reps and less weight?

Also, someone mentioned that they couldn't run on the treadmill for more than 1 minute. I have asthma and can't run for more than 1 1/2. What I do is I walk fast on an incline for 2-3 minutes, then I run for 1- 1 1/2 minutes and keep doing both for 20-30 minutes. It's good to change your heart rate, I hear.
@dbackerfan

I never said it wouldnt work. Im sure you lost 55lbs, but how much of that was lean mass? You probly never checked your body fat percentage. I bet at that point you were still high body fat, which should not be your goal, who cares if your 180lbs if your body fat percentage is less than 10%.

@esteckel

As several in here have mentioned, keep up both, you dont want to deprive your body of its core stength just to say your X lbs. Worry about body fat percentage, go to a trainer and get measured and use that as a metric for success.
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