Originally Posted by Chandni
I am going back to my workout after 6 months of doing nothing (moved to another city)
I was wondering, I just want to loose weight, should I do cardio first or weight.
I used to do treadmill about 30min, stepper 30min and crosstrainer. And every second day weights. Is that ok? Or should I do both on same day and which one first- I dont want to gain or make muscels. thanx
You should want to gain or make muscle.
When you lose weight ( with diet and cardio) you also lose muscle mass. It's almost unavoidable and that's bad.
When you lose muscle tissue you also decrease your metabolism which, in turn, means that you will need to eat even less in order to lose or even maintain your weight. Then, if you do eat less, your metabolism slows down even more because of something called "starvation response", meaning that your body thinks it's starving due to a much decreased caloric intake, and it will protect itself by holding onto all the fat it can as a means of avoiding starvation. You don't want it to hold onto the fat, do you?
So, the answer is to lower your calorie intake to a bit below maintainance level (about 500 below), do cardio to increase caloric expenditure, AND do weight bearing exercises in order to maintain (if not actually increase) muscle mass.
As far as which you should do first, that seems to be a matter for debate. I think that if your primary objective is to lose fat then you should do cardio first then weights. Do cardio 5-6 days a week, 30-45 minutes. Make sure it's intense enough to raise your hear rate to about 80% of max for your age.