If i want to lose a couple pounds, should i be doing weightlifting at all? I'm really afraid to do stuff with weights even if they are light because i do not want to gain weight!! I currently do about an hour of cardio 4-5 days a week, but its not really working to lose weight anymore. What should i be doing?
Yes, you should definitely be lifting weight, unless you’re still very young and growing. [If you’re still in the middle of puberty and experiencing rapid growth, you don’t want to be lifting heavy weight but you can still do basic body weight exercises (push-ups, lunges) to do some kind of resistance training.]
Gaining weight by gaining lean muscle mass is actually a good thing, look:
This photo is taken from this blogpost by Chichi from Fitvillains about the numbers on the scale: “Muscle is more dense than fat: pound for pound it takes up less room. You can lose fat & inches without the scale moving. You can get the body you want without losing weight.”
Her entire post is here: http://fitvillains.tumblr.com/post/18076332857/for-those-of-you-who-are-still-putting-more