If it works, then why the fuck would anyone care what “they” say?
I understand that but I also understand that most newbies who have limited knowledge of healthy living tend to ‘waste’ time doing certain things. I just want to make sure I didn’t waste any efforts
What boyscout said is spot on. If what you’re doing is working (presuming you’ve been doing it for several weeks, to notice a difference), then stick to it. You’re not exactly “wasting any effort” by lifting weight four days a week and doing cardio six, but that is on the high end of the spectrum.
However, like forevernade and forbes said, it’s going to be more effective to switch things and do the weight training first, followed by 20-30 minutes of cardio.
That lets you put even more energy into lifting (which will help to build strength and muscle, which boots the metabolism even further), and then you can follow it up with some lower intensity cardio.
On the non-weight training days, you can break the cardio monotony so you’re not just going in and hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes at level 10, day after day, for six days a week.
Try alternating one minute forwards with one minute backwards throughout the workout. Or increase/decrease the resistance by 5 or 10 every two minutes.
Any reason you’re just using the elliptical? Try using different equipment, either some incline treadmill work, the rowing machine if they have one, or just get outside and do your cardio outdoors.
You could also look into barbell or dumbbell complexes as a cardio workout, but that’s another level of training and depends a lot on your weight training sessions.