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Friday, October 21, 2011

We had a health fair this week at work where we got our BMI's, Glucose, Cholesterol etc checked along people providing info about heath and fitness. We also had farmers market and a dietcian there Woo hoo..... Anywho.........

The health and fitness person said if you are trying to lose weight you must strength train and stop cardio. I was like EEeeeeerrrrrrrr... stop the press What???? I have never in my life heard this. I've heard you need to incorporate strength training at least 3 times a week but no cardio????... I thought cardio was good for weightloss?

Does anyone have any input on this?? I'm royally confused because I lost 50 lbs by doing cardio.

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  • EDWINA172
    We tell our clients that they need to do 3 things: Weight train, Cardio and eat within their calorie range for the day. If one of these things is missing its like being in a row boat on a lake with one oar. You will get somewhere but never to where you want to go. Cardio will burn the fat, strength training maintains muscle and eating within your calorie limit is necessary for both. If you are too far under your calories you will store fat and lose muscle. If you are too far over your calories you will store fat. We weight train more with kettlebells lately. Its very metabolic. It has been compaired to running with weights. Some moves can burn up to 20 calories per minute. A lot of body builders do not recommend cardio and studies have shown that too much cardio is detrimental to fat storage. I believe you have to find the right balance of what works for you. #1 rule~you can't out-train a bad diet.
    3396 days ago
    I've heard something similar to this before. Actually a couple of times. I wasn't told to stop cardio all together, but that 15-20 minutes is good enough and after that focus more on strength training. I have to admit, a couple of years ago I tried that, and it seemed to work. Everyone's different. I say do what works for you and what you enjoy.
    3486 days ago
    We are all different.
    We have different conditions and different limitations.
    Do what works for you.
    If what you're doing isn't working, then adjust.
    But it sounds like what you're doing is working!
    3487 days ago
    Yes, there is some serious data on this. Weight training protects against muscle loss during calorie reducing diets, heavy duty cardio doesn't. Dr. Kruse of the Quilt absolutely does not recommend "chronic cardio" for people who are leptin resistant. He says leptin resistance is the main reason why people don't lose weight.
    If you are chronically overweight, have belly fat, have lots of cravings, you are probably leptin resistant and would do better if you stopped lots of the cardio first. Once you are leptin sensitive, hit the weights and the high intensity interval training.
    Dr. K says chronic cardio just shortens your lifespan.
    Visit my page and click on the link to the sparkteam "The Quilt" I hope you will all join us there! (Dr. K recommends a low-carb primal/paleo diet ala Robb Wolf or Mark Sisson.)
    3487 days ago
  • -PAULA
    I would continue to do both.
    3487 days ago
  • LINDAJ0621
    I always understood you should do ST 2-3 times per week and cardio on the other days. I have been doing that and it works for me!
    3487 days ago
    I agree - don't stop all cardio, but if you haven't been doing any ST, you really should start.

    Cardio burns muscle - it's called "catabolism". This is bad because if you lose muscle, then you are losing more and more ability to burn more calories while at rest. Muscle is more demanding metabolically than fat is, so the more muscle you have, the more calories and fat you can burn - even at rest.

    So start doing ST 2-3X per week so that you preserve the muscle that yoru cardio will be eating up. If you can put just a tiny bit MORE muscle on, you will be in GREAT shape.
    3487 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5983865
    Well then you know he's wrong! Proof is in the pudding Babe. Def do ST but I wouldn't stop the cardio. Maybe he was trying to be "cutting edge"? Lame-O.
    3487 days ago
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