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Do You Rely on Cardio to Keep Your Weight in Check?

Maintaining a healthy weight is key to maintaining your health. While some folks watch what they eat and exercise, others rely on cardio alone to keep their calories in check. Tell me . . .


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Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
Glasbash, I"m curious about what you mean by "cheat day"?
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
Cardio Daily - Healthy Eating Daily! I never ever have a "cheat day" and the only time I will ever miss the gym is if I have food poisoning in which I am "praying to the porslin gods" or I am in the hospital (which did happen to me recently - a 5 day stint - which was the longest I ever went without exercise!!!)
Run2bfree067 Run2bfree067 8 years
Cardio + eating no junk food + NO EATING PAST 530pm = my ok body weight. I'm a girl, of course I have to work really hard to keep myself fitting into a size 6. I feel a lot better when I run or swim hard though. I sleep sooo much better with 30 minutes of intense sweating during the day.
TeresaB81 TeresaB81 8 years
If I ate whatever I wanted then I would not go to the gym. Some of the foods I love eating make me feel sluggish.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I do cardio and watch what I eat. When I work out, eating something full of empty calories makes me feel like I wasted 90 mins at the gym.
lynnck lynnck 8 years
I prefer to mix it up as much as possible with different kinds cardio (boxing, bootcamps etc)weight training, and using your own body weight That mix allows me to eat pretty much whatever I want and maintain my current weight. To lose, you would have to cut calories/carbs which doesn't really appeal to me.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I don't do any cardio at all. I watch what I eat for the most part but splurge here and there. I only do yoga and I do that everyday
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
i like to eat whatever i want to eat whenever i want to eat it. so i have eaten what i wanted to, and actually lost weight thanks to doing cardio and strength and weight training almost everyday. as long as i'm not going to mcdonald's everyday, maybe 2 or 3 times a week at the most, and i don't go over my alloted daily caloric intake, i just eat what i want whether it be healthy or not so healthy. we only live once, and good food is just too good to pass up.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't rely solely on cardio, but it definitely helps a lot. I eat a fairly healthy overall diet, so doing cardio just helps me be able to indulge a little bit more than I would otherwise.
1apple 1apple 8 years
I wish there was an "other" option. The more I exercise, the hungrier I am. I was injured last year and unable to work out for 6 weeks and I was worried about not being able to run or ride my bike because I thought I'd gain weight. But it turns out that I just ate less during that time and remained at the same weight. Knowing that cardio doesn't affect my weight as much as I thought takes the pressure off...I can just enjoy running or biking.
hmweis1 hmweis1 8 years
I maintain or lose weight by focusing on 30% exercise and 70% diet. It seems as I get older (ahem, almost 30) I have to pay so much closer attention to what I eat.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I have to count calories and workout. When I was in high school I had a super metabolism and was an athlete so I ate what I wanted but never gained weight. Then when I went to college I gained over 150 lbs in less than 2 years when I stopped working out but kept eating as always. I have lost the weight but will always be on maintenance because my body isn't what it used to be.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I am not an "eat whatever I want girl". I love to work out but the older I get and the more I get to know the way my body reacts, I've learned I MUST eat healthy to be at an okay weight.
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
I EAT whatever I want on the weekends. But during the week I stick to a very closely monitored healthy diet and work out.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, for me, it's a combination of being mindful of what I eat, cardio, AND weight training. Getting enough sleeps helps, too.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
If I work out a standard amount, I can eat whatever I want (within reason) and still maintain my weight but I feel like crap. Instead, I eat a lot but stick to mostly healthy options so I have enough energy. To me eating healthy and working out go hand in hand, not just for weight but for feeling good and having a healthy body image.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I think I'm somewhere in between the first two options. I generally eat well, but doing cardio (running) allows me to indulge when I want to and not get overly conscious of how many calories I'm eating.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't know. Any exercise I've done has been mostly cardio anyway, and I've always eaten a healthy diet. But since I'm trying to lose some serious weight, increasing cardio and decreasing calories has only helped a very little bit. I rely on cardio to lose weight, but I don't know what's going on. Oh well, best to keep going at it...
x3Lorelei x3Lorelei 8 years
I only need to count calories when I'm trying to lose weight.. otherwise cardio keeps me at the same weight.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I work out a lot on the days when I really want to eat. When I don't work out, I just don't have the desire to eat, nor can I digest it
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
cardio for me helps maintain weight loss--but to lose weight it's all about diet.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I do both, but a little on the sliding scale, if I indulge in a treat then I workout a little more to balance it out, but honestly my cardio isn't a calorie burning thing so much as it just makes me feel good. I get crabby if I don't run.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I do have to watch calories. But cardio definitely helps. But its a combination of all.
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