Extreme Weight Loss Cardio Only?

When attempting to lose an extreme amount of weight should resistance training be included? Many times cardio is the primary method to lose weight but there are some benefits to lifting weights while losing weight.


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  1. Hello Paul, I am in the process of fat loss. I know for the most part you advise bodybuilding athletes. I on the other hand am a recreational cyclist. I have gone from 246lbs down to where I have gotten stuck at 170lbs-175lbs. I am 5'8" 49 years of age. According to my smart scale I am 25% body fat, which for climbing mountains on the bike is not very beneficial to an cyclist. I am for the most part on a 1600 calorie a day diet, that all depends on how long my bike rides are. On average I ride about 6-8 hours a week at fairly high intensity levels. I know I can still lose so much more fat around my waist and chest area. Is there anything else I could do besides my cycling and calisthenics to get out of what seems to be a plateau for me.

    Thanks for the info

  2. So this was almost identical to my situation. I started CrossFit 14 months ago and since then I have lost 110lbs. It’s been life changing for me. I love the Olympic weight lifting that we do, but we also mix it up with the cardio. The combination of both is what works best. That being said, eating is the most crucial part of this. I’m not dieting, I have changed my lifestyle! You can’t “diet”; it takes a huge commitment. It won’t be easy, but all of the hard work with pay off in the end.

  3. It would be super cool for you to take on a kid like this. I know offering your help with nothing in return is not smart business, but I feel like you could really turn his life around and make a huge impact on him and others in the same situation. Helping him get 120lbs off might literally save his life (and others once they know it's possible!). I just think 1: It would be cool to watch you help him transform 2: In my opinion it would probably help your subscriber count 3: It would be very inspirational to the uninspired and 4: May even turn out to be super self rewarding. Just a thought.

  4. As an ex fat guy myself. who lost 111 lb. I will tell you this. Just do whatever it is you enjoy doing in the gym. You should always be telling yourself. "I GET to go to the gym 2day" and never "i HAVE to go to the gym 2day." you should enjoy it.. whatever it is, because it will not last if you don't enjoy it. Your main goals right now. is just to get healthy, have fun, and enjoy the transformation.

  5. One of the best things that happened in the middle of my 100lb fat loss was shin splints from running. It forced me to learn resistance training while I healed. I can only imagine the deflated balloon I'd be today if I kept running and never lifted.

  6. I agree 10000%, I started resistance training a year ago and my body composition has changed tremendously. Imo it's the best way, I love it so much more than cardio and honestly it makes cardio days bearable.

  7. Very well done. I needed this video. I lost 50 pounds by way of intermittent fasting but then I hit a plateau. I thought that I needed to do something else to get through it other than lifting weights and doing some cardio by way of swimming 3 times a week but I now see that going to the gym 4 or 5 times a week and swimming 3 or 4 days a week on top of that should get me to where I want to be which is another 50 pounds less than what I'm at. This video is something I will watch over and over again as reinforcement to knowing that I am on the right track while I continued to monitor how much protein I ingest just as well as how many calories go out. Thank you again so much💪.

  8. Current methods are to chip away at it via all means. Progress is slow but thats kinda cool actually. The "Magic" part is the feeling of accomplishment. Term used loosely of course and with humor.

  9. So if I am currently doing resistance training but struggling to lose the last 10lbs that I would like to lose than should I switch to cardio until I lose the last 10lbs or keep doing the resistance training?

  10. In my early teen years, I weighed in at 160 lbs at 5'4.5" and naturally lost some weight as I got older but I was never strong or felt very good. I was still very much overweight and had terrible posture and muscle imbalances. I couldn't even walk a mile and my shins used to hurt so bad. And that was when I was in my 20s! Now that I'm in my mid-30s, I've been on a 2-year strength training regimen and have been thriving ever since. Strength training, in many ways, is like the best ingredient anyone can add to look and feel young.


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