Cardio vs Strength Training (workout plan help!)

Hi all,

I know there are some smart people on here so I was hoping someone could help me!

I started my quest at 107kg, I am currently at 87kg. I can see a massive difference in my appearance - but what I would like some advice on is when I should stop the cardio and start weights?

As per my understanding, the processes for cardio vs strength are opposites (eg cardio creates a calorie deficit in order to use fat, but strength requires me to consume extra calories to turn it into muscle)

I dont want to start consuming to much and put on weight again so an explanation would help me loads!

Also, when is the right time to make this change?

Thanks!

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Can't help you with the science of the matter, but just wanted to say well done for losing that weight !! Wish I could !! I've been going to the gym for a few months and tend to do about 70% cardio and 30% on weights - but really not noticing too much difference at the moment. Lost a handful of pounds and look a bit trimmer - but it's not coming off quick enough.

Get on the weights mate but maintain some form of cardio.
You dropped about the same weight as me when I transferred to weights.

Don't eat loads - just a healthy amount with lots of protein and low fat foods. I'm still gradually dropping weight whilst gaining muscle.

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Gradually decrease the cardio and increase the weights. Keep tabs on weight and body size and you should get the balance right.

Original Poster

thanks for the replies. I did some reading which suggested that cardio can slow down the effects of weight training... but i guess every website has its own bias on these things which is why i wanted "real life" answers.

Im using myfitnesspal.com on my mobile and after many failed attempts at losing weight, this one actually worked!

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thanks for the replies. I did some reading which suggested that cardio … thanks for the replies. I did some reading which suggested that cardio can slow down the effects of weight training... but i guess every website has its own bias on these things which is why i wanted "real life" answers.Im using myfitnesspal.com on my mobile and after many failed attempts at losing weight, this one actually worked!



Of course cardio will slow down weights if you do too much. If you want to get very big then you'd pretty much drop the cardio completely bar a warm up and down. As I mentioned it's a balancing act.

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master_chief

Of course cardio will slow down weights if you do too much. If you want … Of course cardio will slow down weights if you do too much. If you want to get very big then you'd pretty much drop the cardio completely bar a warm up and down. As I mentioned it's a balancing act.



Im just looking to get toned and build a little extra muscle - not planning on being huge but i guess i wont know how much i need to build as i've always been overweight, so i'll have to see how i look as i progress.

Lifting weights still makes you burn calories, its only until you start eating more than you burn that you'll start adding muscle/fat.

lose the weight you want to lose then start increasing calories for muscle. Its difficult for your body to be catabolic and anabolic to such a degree at the same time. Fat is fat, muscle is muscle. One doesn't get turned into the other. Lose the fat, then eat well with enough for you to increase mucle mass.

Apparently a high intensity weights workout is better for your weight-loss goals than a cardio work out according to Mens Health magazine. Can't find the article now though otherwise I would have quoted it directly.
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