I am currently cutting body fat. I am on a calorie deficit cutting my carbs down to .75 to 1 gram per lb of my bodyweight. I am taking 200 g of protein (I am 200 pounds). I have a baby at the house so I only have time for 3 days a week total body workout, using 5x5 or 4x6 rep schemes to maintain muscle mass while burning energy. I do a compound exercise for horizontal push,vertical pull, horizontal pull, vertical pull from ground, and vertical push. along with 2 accessory exercises such as core or arms. I do a metabolic conditioning workout on 1 workout, using two giant sets of 4 exercises each. The other two workouts I superset everything I can.
I spend most of my time that is not in the gym either working at a desk or taking care of the baby. My question is.. do I absolutely need cardio to shed body fat as well, or is the weightlifting and calorie deficit enough? I do not have time for cardio to he added to my routine. I am trying to cut enough body fat to expose my core.. but will cardio just expedite the process, or is it an absolute necessity? I understand cardio is needed for conditioning, aerobic, etc.. but I dont have time.
I am at about 22% body fat if that makes a difference