arizonaprincess's Journal, 14 August 2010

So I am getting super frustrated with the whole cardio vs. weight training (which I'm not even sure if that is the same as strength training) Everyone of the trainers at the gym are totally against cardio, swears I will lose more muscle then fat. I have been reading up on it (actually just pulled up three more articals) and some say cardio DOES burn some muscle, but if your eating right, can repair it. However it doesnt burn enough to make you lose muscle, unless you are doing it 4hrs a day, 7 days a week and even then its not concrete.

This new artical I just pulled up says ST does burn more fat though then cardio alone. I was doing more strength training then cardio, but I decided to switch it up and do more cardio vs. strength training. Now I am just not sure!!!! I could plan on doing 3 days strength training and 3 days cardio and see how that help. I'm just worried about losing muscle. When I went into the gym this month, for my monthly weigh in with my trainer, I had lost about 10lbs. My body fat however went from 41.1 to to 40.6 and he said with how much weight I lost and not a big loss in fat, that I was probably losing muscle. Could I be?? I lost inches as well. I'm just confused!

On a good note though, I have lost 40lbs!! So I took pictures to mark my 40lbs and compared them with my start pictures, and the difference if HUGE!! I was amazed, I couldn't stop looking how the changed and how small I am starting to look. I am in my bra and stuff, so I am a little nervous to put them up, BUT I just want to show everyone lol. I can't believe I have lost 40lbs and I did all by just exercise and eating less. The scale read 219.6 today, which mean I officially have only 50lbs more to reach my goal weight. I think I might try to lose more then that, but I will wait and see how I feel once I get to goal.

Hope everyone is having a good start to their weekend!!

Diet Calendar Entries for 14 August 2010:
1328 kcal Fat: 52.69g | Prot: 91.99g | Carb: 121.80g.   Breakfast: Special K Vanilla Almond Cereal, 1 % Lowfat Milk. Lunch: extra lean ground beef, rotel, great value steamable corn, land o lakes butter. Dinner: russet potatoes, land o lakes butter, green giant steamable broccoli, chicken breast, olive oil. Snacks/Other: ghirardelli. more...
2979 kcal Activities & Exercise: Dance (fast step, aerobic) - 1 hour, Resting - 15 hours, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...


Yay awesome! Hey, try not to worry about doing the wrong thing so much :). There is really no one way. The only thing I'd say is to change your routine from time to time. Do some strength training (weight lifting is one type of strength training.) and some cardio but most of all do what you like the most or what appeals to you! You're exercising and that's good, period. You know when you are challenged by your heart rate and how much you sweat. Don't let anyone tell you different :) 
14 Aug 10 by member: k8yk
You look amazing. There is so much info out there that it is difficult to know what is correct, so we have to use our own common sense as it applies to ourselves. Cardio is important for burning fat, calories and heart health. Weight training is important because it helps build muscle and good for bone density (as well as other things). So find a balance that makes you happy. When you diet, you always lose a little muscle. You are on the right path. Don't take everything personal trainers say as the whole truth. Most are not nutritionists. They just have their own way and it may not be your way. Keep reading articles and sorting through the info and apply what you feel is important to you. You will get there. You are doing great. 
14 Aug 10 by member: Suzi161
The advise above is far more sound than the advise you're getting from those trainers. Anyone w/ half a brain can see that you're doing amazing & MOVING is what is important. During weight loss, yes you do lose a bit of muscle, but a BIT. You're not going to end up w/ 20% muscle when you reach your goal. Focus on the whole picture & things will be fine, including your body composition. Keep it up!! = ) 
14 Aug 10 by member: Evil_Angel_Shay
YAY! I have no advice on the exercise stuff at all.. cause I am not a fan and dont really know much about it.. but awesome job on hitting the big 40! I do agree with k8yk that you should do what you like best.. but that is just because I feel you will keep wiht it. Awesome job. 
14 Aug 10 by member: Ceebee
Congrats on all your weight loss. I agree with everyone else just do what you enjoy. 
15 Aug 10 by member: melissan23
Wow! Congrats - I think as long as you are exercising you are doing great! I read cardio is the most important (4 or 5 times a week) and then weights/strength training should be added once your cardio habit is in place - so maybe 4 days cardio and 2 days with weights - good job with your 40 pounds gone! 
21 Aug 10 by member: abbadabba


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