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Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?

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Fri. Oct 31, 1:55pm

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I agree with this. The first time I lost a large amount of weight, strength training was an important part of my program. I am working on getting back to that.

Friday, January 16, 2009, 9:44 PM

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Yes weight training is so important! For anyone, whether trying to lose weight or maintain. Weight training builds muscle, which gives you lots more calorie-burning potential, plus that muscle gives your body an aesthetically-pleasing shape, and a nice shape is what everyone wants, I am assuming. Weight training may not always necessarily make you lose weight, since muscle weighs more than fat per volume, but it will definitely make you look and feel so much better.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009, 6:50 AM

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Training with weights before cardio is a great way to lose weight. You can burn up some of the glycogen quickly. When getting on the treadmill for instance you will burn more fat since you have less glycogen in your body which is the bodys first source of fuel.

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 10:41 AM

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combining weights with cardio

PP, I have been told to not do cardio and weights on the same day. Now I am being told the best way is to do one right after the other on the same day. Which is best? I want to maximize my fat loss while still keeping my body from injury. What about using light weights such as ankle weights and holding light weights on the treadmill while going at a slower pace?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:24 PM

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PP- I am not the 10:41 poster but have used The Firm workouts frequently in the past and they work! They combine wieghts (within your limits- ranging from 3, 5 and 8 lbs) along with cardio. It does help to burn fat more quickly and efficiently. Same line of thinking with circuit training.....
I think what you might be referring to is- don't do a killer all over body weight training with heavy weights for an hour then do an hour of cardio. I've also been told in those cases one cancels the other out, in so many words.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:50 PM

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I'm not sure what is meant by 'canceling the other out', but the perspective I've been given is that when you combine both, you're shortchanging the potential benefits of one of the workouts b/c you've fatigued your muscles doing the other. So, if I do an intense cardio workout and then go to lift weights, my muscles are fatigued from the cardio, so I wouldn't be able to work my muscles as hard had I just saved it for another day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 6:41 PM

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6:41, better said than I did with the "canceling the out"- I was just using terminology obtained from a fitness article I read but you did put it in better terms. It's not like you didn't do it at all - LOL! You just couldn't possibly perform as well so you won't reap the benefits as well either.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:37 PM

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I don't know if this has been mentioned, but if you are initially starting to loose weight I thought it was better to do cardio and then do weights like 4 wks later. If I want to see results should i keep up the cardio or should i begin to incorporate the weight lifting. And if i do incorporate it, will my lbs loss slow?

THKS

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 1:11 PM

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PP- not if you use smaller weights and do more reps. Toning is always great, you will see a difference in more than just the scale when you are doing that, cardi will burn fat but the weights will help with the toning and the fit of your clothes and overall appearance of your shape. As well as help you build those larger muscles in your body that actually help you burn more calories in the long run. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. However, if all you use as your measure of progress is the scale you may get discouraged so be sure to use that tape measure as well as the fit of your clothes and how you feel overall as your tracker.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 2:04 PM

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And you don't even need to start with lighter weights/more reps - there are different ideas about this - research it and decide for yourself - either way doing something with weights is better than doing nothing at all. And it's not like you're going to bulk up. Like the pp said, it will actually help you shed the weight.

So, however one chooses to lift weights - you absolutely do not need to wait 4 weeks or 4 days to do it after you start cardio!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 5:05 PM

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doesnt work

im joe my email is joeydaboi@live.co.uk

this doesnt work this is all a bunch of lies dont listen to these dipshits
dont waste your time
thank you

Friday, January 15, 2010, 5:37 AM

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To Joe, what makes you say that the advice here does not work? Do you have experience to share?

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