View Full Version : Can you lose weight by lifting weights rather then doing cardio ?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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


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

01-30-2004, 06:35 AM

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

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.

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

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 :-)

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

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

We want


[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}


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

Sorry I was bored. And I loath the treadmill.

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

01-30-2004, 07:31 PM

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