For two years, I did an hour of cardio a day, every day (yes, EVERY DAY, including Christmas morning, after major snowstorms while wearing Yak Trax to grip the ice, once during an electrical storm, as early as 4:30 AM & as late as 10 PM) and I lost weight. I joined a gym & switched to machines, to be less subject to the weather.
But no one at the gym said things like, "You've lost weight, haven't you?" and "Your arms look really great" and "Your whole body composition has changed" until I added Pilates twice a week & free weights three times a week.
Funny thing is, I lost maybe four, five pounds, and hated to tell people that, when they asked.
But the difference was, I wasn't just doing cardio every day.
And I miss it. For the past week & a half, because my trapezius got pulled, I've just been doing cardio, and I feel **flabby.** It's probably not reality. But it's indicative of a changed mindset in me. I understand that I need a more comprehensive approach. It's my whole body moving through this life, so why would I ignore most of it to focus on my legs & butt & my heart health?
Also, it's kept me from being bored by cardio & just phoning it in, cardio session after cardio session.