Cardio Isn’t The Key To Losing Weight?

That’s right ladies; cardio alone is NOT the key to shedding those unwanted pounds. For years we have been told to hit the treadmill or run for at least a half hour daily. Yes, those techniques are helpful and yes, cardio builds stamina, but those aren’t the key to burning fat and keeping the weight off. The key element to losing weight is a combination of cardio and weight lifting. Now don’t get scared ladies. I know many of us hear the word weights, and we picture body builders and oversized tan muscles. We all know that lifting weights builds muscle, however, many of us aren’t aware that muscle eats fat. Muscles need more protein to stay alive then fat does. When we incorporate weights into our exercise routine, we build muscle, which in turn eats the stored fat in our body. You don’t have to use heavy dumbbells; a beginner can start with 3, 5, and 8 pound dumbbells. Its important to rotate the weights that we use for the different size muscles that we have. There are many workout videos that incorporate this regimen; one example is “The Firm”.

I encourage you to research and find a workout routine that works best with your fitness level, abilities, and schedule. For those who prefer a gym setting, I am sure your local gym will have workout classes that also incorporate this workout regimen.

I believe in this workout regimen because I was able to lose 70 pounds, along with a sensible diet. A helpful tip from my own experience… when you begin this regimen, please don’t feel discouraged when you see the number on the scale go up. Many people who begin this regimen get frustrated because they feel like they are gaining weight instead of losing weight. Remember, as you lift weights, you are building muscle. You need to build the muscle first so that it can eat the stored body fat. You will see your weight go up a few pounds, but in no time the fat will be melting right off of you. Stay motivated and you will shed those unwanted pounds!

Good Luck


  1. Yes im doing that hard and im getting the results i need. I have a personal trainer teaching me how to eat and workout. So thanks for the article.

  2. How long did it take to lose 70 if you don’t mind me asking?

    THE FIRM series I’ve heard is good. I also heard that Jillian Michaels, her DVDs will have you crying for yo’ momma. She works you out HARD. Relatively quick sets (30/40 minutes) and I think they’re a combo of cardio and strength building, but I hear you will feel like death runt over…TWICE by the time she’s through with you.

    So glad you posted this. You’re adding to my motivation. I’ve had three surgeries in the past six-eight months and haven’t had a chance for various and sundry reasons to really work out. But once I’m healed I plan to, so thank you. 🙂

  3. @Kanyade

    If you are in decent shape, as in your joints are pretty strong and your knees are good. You should try Insanity Workout. I’m on it now, its thru BeachBody company.
    I love running, but I sweat soooooooo much more with the intense cardio. Doesnt hurt to look into! I’m sure you will lose the weight and see great results.
    Also, generally to lose that type of weight, with great diet, lots of water, and constant activity, you only need 3-6months: depending on how hard you work. And DONT FORGET, YOU MUST EAT!!!

  4. I am so nervous about weight lifting as I don;t really want to build that much muscle. But I know it would smooth these arms out and get this waist back to it’s hey day (the size 6s in my closet).

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  5. I love this article! I lift weights about 4 days a week and do cardio 3 days and can I tell you I see a HUGE difference in my body. My butt is lifted, my shoulders pop, my stomach has ab muscles. Weights really re-shape your body and they are super beneficial! Tiffany, you can do light weights to achieve the results you want. You can use 5 pound weights and lift 15 reps per set ( a set of 3) and you will see visible results. Good Luck!!!

  6. Hi, Kanyade,

    I am so glad you’re motivated!!

    It took me about a year to lose the weight. I was completely lazy in the beginning and never exercised. Eventually, I realized how important it was. I believe I could have lost the weight faster, had I exercised from the start.

    I’ve never tried Jillian Michael’s, but I believe “The Firm” workouts are amazing and they’ll definitely have you feeling wiped out. I remember the first time I did one of their workouts… I couldn’t even move when it was done. I collapsed to the floor and laid there for about 15mins lol. But it felt good afterwards and you appreciate the pain later when you try on a new dress and look in the mirror!

  7. Tiffany, I felt the same way when I first heard about this combo. I think women should have a softness to their body. However, using lightweights will only help you lose weight faster. If you’re hesitant, start with 3 pounds and see how that feels. I guarantee you’ll feel great and start going up to 5, 8, 10 etc. okay.. maybe not 10 🙂


    I have bad knees 🙁 though I often dream of running. I need to cut down on the poundage first before I attempt to shake the foundation of the Earth LOL I’m still going to take down the name of the video/program you suggested; so thank you much 🙂


    Thank you again! Taking down your suggestion too with The Firm. I appreciate it! 🙂

  9. I have all of the Jillian Micheals’ workout tapes, she mixes cardio and strength training. I also have the Taebo series w/Billy Blanks, he’s excellent.

  10. Brown Sista… I just started to walk with 5 pound weighs… Do you think this is a great way to lose weight too?

  11. this article is so very true! for years i’d done mostly cardio with marginal results. i’ve recently begun doing 25min of cardio and 25-30min weight/strength training (focusing on different body parts on different days) and i swear, i’m seeing the FASTEST results ever! i don’t do free weights, i tend to use resistance machines more but the mix has definitely helped me in my goal.

  12. oh, as for the DVDs… P90X is by far the most intense workout set I’ve ever used…I was literally aching DAILY after doing the workouts and the results were very quick as well. I just wish I were more motivated to workout at home, I’m more of a gym person. =(

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