When it comes to working out, more isn’t necessarily better. Better is better. And for fat loss, a combination of resistance training, interval training, and a steady dose of cardio works better than just doing one or the other exclusively. However, there is pretty much nothing you can do to out-train your diet, so eating right is at the very top of any fat-loss regime.
You should be able to do as much cardio as you want and still find the time for weight-training. For anyone who isn’t a beginner, it is almost impossible to add significant muscle mass if your diet leaves you at a calorie deficit. But without resistance training it is certainly possible to lose significant muscle while dieting if you don’t lift weights. Your body prefers getting rid of metabolically expensive muscle over precious stored fat in a calorie deficit, and without lifting weights there is no reason for your body to hang on to muscle tissue.
It’s all a question of figuring out what works best for you, your body and your goals along with your schedule. There is no single right answer that will suit everyone who needs and/or wants to lose weight. Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She holds a
bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance
from Auburn University and personal training and
aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and ACSM.