I want to burn fat, do I still need to do weight training?
I used to weigh 375lbs, I've been doing nothing but cardio (I've lost 175lbs), recently I stopped working out for about a month, due to a major schedule change and new job. I wanted to know If I can still do my 30min jogs, and if I must can I just do 15 minutes of strength training? My main focus is to burn fat to reach my weight goal, then once I am used to that weight goal I'd like to start weight training to build SOME MUSCLE just enough to tone myself, not to look like a juice head.
So can I just continue my 30min cardio a day for 5 days a week until I hit my weight goal? Then start a weight training program? Its hard to focus on two things at the same time (especially with all the stress in my life!)
You can only do your 30 minute jogs; however, it's best to add in some weight training as you go - maybe just 2-3 days/week, as it's best to give muscles a break between workouts. If you cut back on the weight training and see that you start gaining weight again, you'll know you need to increase your activity.
By the way - congratulations on the 175 lb loss; that's pretty awesome. How long did it take you get that off? Did you go on a special diet or anything, or just healthy eating and exercise? We're always interested in how people lose their weight.
Thank you, I lost it within a year and a half, I started of by walking an hour a day, then gradually increased my speed and decreased my time. Eventually I led down to 30 mins jogging. Eating habits had to be changed, I ate low carb foods (which, I'm still doing).
Yes of course! I got so used to eating like this that it has become a lifestyle change, if I do eat junk food once in awhile, the next day I'm back to eating how I always eat! I find eating less carbs curves my appetite by a lot, once I eat something with a lot of sugar or carbs, I get high cravings.
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