I like that analogy, and I just may steal it.
Diet is definitely first on the list. I like to think of it in terms of worst possible scenarios.
Imagine you are on the “perfect” lifting and cardio routine for fat loss, but you add 5 Big Macs to what you’re already eating in a day. You will get fatter, without a doubt.
No matter how terrible a lifting and cardio program is (or even if that means doing neither at all), the majority of people can get leaner from diet alone, even without adding weights or cardio.
Yep…I really think that dieting is first.
It’s like your day job. Weights is your on-the-side job you do 3 nights a week for extra cash, and cardio would be that cash you have in some high-return (HIIT) investment thingy…but don’t really count on too much.[/quote]