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March 27, 2012 9:26 AM
I tripped over a dead horse on the way to reply to this post.....

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  3579343
March 27, 2012 9:28 AM
"Skinny girls look good in clothes. Fit girls look good NAKED!!!"

There's no way to get FIT doing only cardio.
  1909592
March 27, 2012 9:29 AM
everyone thinks cardio is the answer!! and this may be true if you only have like 10 lbs to lose.. but weights are what helped me lately... start seeing the results i wanted!!..

cardio makes u look good with clothes on! weights make u look good naked!! ;]
March 27, 2012 9:29 AM
haha @ rach agree with ur post!!
March 27, 2012 9:31 AM
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I don't think it's true, depends on your definition of "good!" I think people who do only cardio tend to look soft, where the people who lift weights look toned/muscular. Depends on the look you're going for.


You can be toned and muscular, but still be soft. I have 130+ lbs of lean muscle mass, but it doesn't show thanks to all the fat I can't seem to shake.
  7030416
March 27, 2012 9:31 AM
who are you to judge everyone has there preference on type of body they want to be with but you should only be concerned about yourself your not a judge everyone is different if we were all the same that would be boring
for the record
my boyfriend is 6 foot 175 pounds and ripped and i out run him and even though i am over weight i am in better shape cardio wise looks are not everything
March 27, 2012 9:31 AM
QUOTE:

everyone thinks cardio is the answer!! and this may be true if you only have like 10 lbs to lose.. but weights are what helped me lately... start seeing the results i wanted!!..

cardio makes u look good with clothes on! weights make u look good naked!! ;]


Actually the less you have the more important strength training becomes. As the less fat you have to lose the more liekly your body is to break muscle down to use as fuel, instead of fat. Strength training will help retain that lean muscle as you lose the last bit of fat. That being said strength training the full time will lead to a lower BF% at every point on the scale during your weight loss vs. cardio or diet alone.
March 27, 2012 9:32 AM
I think people who've lost weight with only cardio should post pics of their badass selves.

Mind you, the statement that inspired this post was a personal opinion. The person who said this only sees beauty in muscle and toning and that's his perogative. Doesn't make it a universal truth, thank goodness.
  10697651
March 27, 2012 9:32 AM
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"Skinny girls look good in clothes. Fit girls look good NAKED!!!"


Every time I see this I shake my head. The only person that's going to see me naked (besides me and maybe the cat) is my husband, and he doesn't care what I look like as long as I'm naked, period. Oh, and willing.

So, if I'm not 'fit' by someone else's definition, that's too darn bad. I'm healthy and I feel pretty damn good about myself and what I've accomplished and how dare anyone else try to tell me otherwise.
  3579343
March 27, 2012 9:34 AM
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QUOTE:

I wrote it.
And I stand by my opinion.


I've never seen a person look good who only runs. Women can probably get by with it and look decent, but men need to lift weights.


You are referring only to running? Or all cardio? Not sure that I've ever seen a male swimmer and thought "gee- he needs to lift weights"...

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This is true. I was a college swimmer and always had great muscle tone, even before I started lifting. Swimming is all cardio but you build muscles to boot.
  5669343
March 27, 2012 9:34 AM
It is not true, but adding a small amount of circuit training ads just a bit more je ne sais quoi.
March 27, 2012 9:35 AM
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QUOTE:

"Skinny girls look good in clothes. Fit girls look good NAKED!!!"


Every time I see this I shake my head. The only person that's going to see me naked (besides me and maybe the cat) is my husband, and he doesn't care what I look like as long as I'm naked, period. Oh, and willing.

So, if I'm not 'fit' by someone else's definition, that's too darn bad. I'm healthy and I feel pretty damn good about myself and what I've accomplished and how dare anyone else try to tell me otherwise.


You speaketh the truth! Love it!
  5158451
March 27, 2012 9:36 AM
for me right now I am basically doing cardio because I just want to lose the weight. I'm going to start adding weights into the mix in a few weeks to tone up my stomach some and see how it goes.............There are so many diffrent things written and each person is diffrent so I'm going to do what works for me and not care what the "books" say. I have another 54 lbs to go before I reach my goal and while I know weights may add pounds initially with a combo of both I will reach my happy medium.
March 27, 2012 9:37 AM
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"Skinny girls look good in clothes. Fit girls look good NAKED!!!"

There's no way to get FIT doing only cardio.


Really?

How so?
March 27, 2012 9:37 AM
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I tripped over a dead horse on the way to reply to this post.....

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SMILE :) Oh yea ...
  6246792
March 27, 2012 9:37 AM
I spent 6 weeks on cardio alone after joining MFP. But I knew from day one that once I got closer to my goal weight, I would add strength training into the mix. I've been lifting and doing cardio since Feb 17. Losing weight and wearing smaller-sized clothes was never enough for me, and it still isn't. Although my body is not quite there yet, I admit I get a thrill when I see my reflection in the bathroom now. And it's because of lifting AND eating more protein/fewer carbs.
March 27, 2012 9:39 AM
what makes you feel good? Strong? I do both but to each his or her own!!!! People look good when excercising, PERIOD!
March 27, 2012 9:40 AM
The statement is too black and white--there is rarely a question that can be answered so firmly. I agree with all of you that say there are many factors that go into "looking good". I would say that a combination of cardio and weight lifting is the way to go. I have set a goal for myself that I will introduce weight lifting when I hit a certain weight (I have 9 pounds to go to get there). That was a goal of mine and incentive to lose as well. I work wtih the elderly and the medical community clearly states that a combination of cardio and weight lifting is essential and if you look up sacropenia--it may shed some light on this as well. However, I think all people can look good--fat, think, tall, short, etc--that is a subjective statement for sure.
  5328145
March 27, 2012 9:41 AM
QUOTE:

I tripped over a dead horse on the way to reply to this post.....

grumble


I spit water through my nose when I read this...thank you...thank you SO much! BWAHAHAHA
SPLENDID loss, by the way! <hands you a perdy cape>
  18841571
March 27, 2012 9:44 AM
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for me right now I am basically doing cardio because I just want to lose the weight. I'm going to start adding weights into the mix in a few weeks to tone up my stomach some and see how it goes.............There are so many diffrent things written and each person is diffrent so I'm going to do what works for me and not care what the "books" say. I have another 54 lbs to go before I reach my goal and while I know weights may add pounds initially with a combo of both I will reach my happy medium.


Just an FYI, it is much easier to start strength training now and retain the muscle you do have then it is to build new muscle once you hit your goal weight. This would also have you at a lower BF% at your goal weight then cardio and diet alone.
Edited by erickirb On March 27, 2012 9:45 AM
March 27, 2012 9:45 AM
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I would refer you to this link:

http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/21/meet-staci-your-new-powerlifting-super-hero/

At least go down to the pictures, see her at 117, 132, and 147. Decide for yourself what "looks best"

But I will mention that if you google the benefits of strength training, specifically for women, there is a reduction in chances for specific cancers and osteoporosis. Strength training doesn't have to involve weights, you can do body weight exercises.


^^^What a great article!
  17507817
March 27, 2012 9:48 AM
all in the eye of the beholder...for me, i have been training for a marathon that is going on in May of this year. I started running again in December 2011 and although I have not been running everyday I do make it a point to run at least 3 times weekly. (need to pick it up b/c may is right around the corner)....my point is this...I have changed everything that goes into my body and along with "cardio" my body changes have been rather dramatic to say the least.

I started out at the end of november at 150-152lbs (i am 5'4) and after my run last night i weighed in at 118lbs. Say what you want but I have gotten positive feedback and I feel great!! I feel that this is the weight that I feel most healthy and I like the way my clothes feel plus i have a ton more energy!!

Everyone is different ...but i think ppl who do cardio look awesome! and for me...well, i feel awesome!
  17439202
March 27, 2012 10:46 AM
This is from my personal experiences. I used to be a cardio queen. Oh yeah, I lost weight. :) But I was still the same version of me! Just a little smaller. I still had the same ass, hips wider than my shoulders, scrawny arms etc. Basically, no matter how much cardio I did, I was never happy with my appearance. Even when I tried adding in "toning" exercises...

Now I lift heavy, I do very little cardio.. I eat more food! AND I am happier with how I look. My shoulders/back are getting wider - more proportionate with my hips. My big bum and my big thighs I always hated, I now LOVE looking at in the mirror when I do my Goblet Squats, lunges etc.

Weightlifting have made me LOVE my body. Cardio never ever did that. I did cardio for YEARS, and I have only been lifting heavy for about 6 months.
March 27, 2012 11:00 AM
Just wondering... has there been anyone who's ever said, "I gave strength training a good, solid try, but didn't like what it did to my body shape?"

And I don't mean "I got bulky by day 3 of the 30 Day Shred," either. wink

I can understand not enjoying it. I don't particularly enjoy it. But I enjoy what it does to me. Like shaving my legs or coloring my roots or tweezing between my eyebrows. I don't get joy out of those activities, either, but I like the results of doing it better than the results of not doing it.
March 27, 2012 11:02 AM
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Just wondering... has there been anyone who's ever said, "I gave strength training a good, solid try, but didn't like what it did to my body shape?"

And I don't mean "I got bulky by day 3 of the 30 Day Shred," either. wink

I can understand not enjoying it. I don't particularly enjoy it. But I enjoy what it does to me. Like shaving my legs or coloring my roots or tweezing between my eyebrows. I don't get joy out of those activities, either, but I like the results of doing it better than the results of not doing it.


I don't have a problem with weight training. I'm doing it myself. My issue is with certain comments, like the ones saying people who only do cardio aren't fit. Really???

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