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SlimJim
01-29-2004, 05:00 PM
I use to be in good shape. I use to lift weights a whole lot. But the yrs have past and i am about 15-20 pounds over weight. My question is, can i lose the fat on my stomach by lifting weights rather then doing cardio ?

Thank you.

drew
01-29-2004, 05:17 PM
If your diet is in order, sure you can.

raniali
01-29-2004, 06:02 PM
absolutely
good diet, train hard and regularly and you will undoubtedly look a lot better all over

Behemoth
01-29-2004, 06:24 PM
Most people would consider lifting weights to be superior to cardio when cutting. This is for several reasons: It raises your RMR (resting metabolic rate) for the rest of the day higher than typical cardio. Also, muscle burns 75 calories per hour at rest whereas fat burns 2. Do the math and you'll see a propper weightlifting routine is extreamly beneficial while cutting.

53x12
01-29-2004, 06:42 PM
:soapbox:
You should do at least some cardio though, just for general health reasons.

VasDeferens
01-29-2004, 07:48 PM
:soapbox:
You should do at least some cardio though, just for general health reasons.

meh.....

I will think about general health after I stop drinking and smoking.

drew
01-30-2004, 06:35 AM
lol

yes, some cardio is beneficial, but that wasn't the question. ;)

Budiak
01-30-2004, 08:50 AM
Plus lifting weights staves off catabolism to a large degree, which is a big problem when cutting. You're far more likely to lose muscle if you're not using it.

I think.

ElPietro
01-30-2004, 09:00 AM
Both burn calories, that's the bottom line.

hemants
01-30-2004, 09:17 AM
Both work for weight loss, I would say that strength training is BETTER than cardio for fat loss.

The axioms of fat loss :

1. More calories burned than consumed = WEIGHT loss
2. Weight loss = Fat loss + Muscle Loss
3. Strength training + calorie defecit = Muscle maintenance

Take them all together and you get Strength Training + calorie defecit = lose fat, maintain muscle


QED :-)

Reinier
01-30-2004, 10:56 AM
weights are more important

Cardinal
01-30-2004, 11:16 AM
Or equivalently

1)Weightloss happens iff {Calories gained(food) - Calories lost(expended) < 0}
2)Weightloss = [d/dt]Fat + [d/dt]Muscle

Given Muscle and Fat : Muscle > 0 and Fat > 0.

[d/dt]Fat == Fatloss
[d/dt]Muscle==Muscleloss

We want
[d/dt]Muscleloss~0

and

[d/dt]Fatloss to follow some positive exponential until we get to around 8% bodyfat.

By making sure that

[StengthTraining] > 0 for all reals and is nonnegligible (lifting the water jug doesn't count)

Calorie Deficit:{Average calorie deficit remains above starvation level}

QED :D

Cardio could go in above equation, but it is obviously easier without it!

Sorry I was bored. And I loath the treadmill.

JeffWillConquer
01-30-2004, 12:17 PM
Weightlifting is more fun.

drew
01-30-2004, 07:31 PM
:withstupi

Shao-LiN
02-02-2004, 03:09 AM
Cardio is secondary to a good diet and lifting routine.