about 13-14 years ago i lost around 95lbs eating a low calorie diet and doing only cardio. by the time i hit 170lbs, a huge amount of my muscle mass was lost. fast forward to last year when i decided to change my life around, i have been weight training along with my cardio and find the combination to be much better than just cardio alone. so far in the last 11 1/2 months i have lost 85lbs, if i did only cardio i would probably weigh less, but i wouldn't look as good and i wouldn't be as strong which is more important than showing a lower number on the scale.
i wish i had my fat % checked before i started so i would be able to compare it with where i'm at now. any person i talk to about weight loss, i always highly recommend weight training along with diet and cardio.