The key is to bear in mind that fat loss is a function of diet, not exercise. So do whatever makes you happy in the weight room (ie, follow whichever program you enjoy the most), but if weight loss is your primary goal, focus on getting your diet dialed in. Resist the urge to add more and more cardio, as it is likely to make you hungrier and thus may sabotage your diet.
Speaking of diet: The key to short-term (=weeks to months) success is finding a way to run a caloric deficit over an extended period of time. There are many ways to do this; each has advantages, and disadvantages. The key to long-term (=rest of your life) success is finding a way to consume, on average, at/near maintenance calories on a day in/day out basis. Again–many ways to do this, each with advantages and disadvantages.
…Prepare yourself mentally for this being a long, slow process.
I don’t like this. Not one little bit.
There’s a lot of unlikeable words in there…can you be more specific as to which drew your ire, PP?
It’s all true. I just wish it weren’t.
It’s sort of the worst kind of news, right? This will be slow. Lots of people can do something for a week or even for 8 weeks, but this is a lifelong deal if you want your losses to be sustainable. You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet. That’s sort of the worst news for most of us here. I love to exercise. I’d really love it if the training part that I enjoy doing would let me ignore the diet part, but as you look at people who spin their wheels over years with unhappiness over body comp, it nearly always comes back to diet.