As a relatively lean person trying to get leaner, I keep running into confusing and controversial advice. For a while, I was at the perfect spot to recomp, ideal weight but just a bit high on fat and low on muscle mass, and was doing weights only, no cardio. However, over this winter I have somehow gained 4-5 lbs - I have maintained a steady weight I was happy with for over a decade so this is a big deal to me and is very noticeable on my small frame and makes me extremely uncomfortable, not sure if it's metabolism slowing down as I get older or maybe my daily glass of wine habit adding up, which is really the only change I can think of. I have a bit more muscle now than I started out with but also quite a bit more fat (though thinking some of it may be water too because of how quickly it came on, but it's sticking around for weeks now so I dunno...). Anyways. I'm starting the summer off very uncomfortable in my own skin and want to shed the extra 5 lbs as a priority over building more muscle at this point. So I started up with doing cardio again to speed it up, however I absolutely cannot do HIIT, it makes me sick and leaves me too fatigued to do stuff with my two young kids. So I've been doing steady state, moderate intensity cardio in addition to weights for the past couple weeks. But I've been reading on various fitness sites that steady state is bad for women looking to lose a bit of fat and recomp, because it increases stress hormones and the catabolizing of muscle, and will leave you looking worse off. However, that sounds a bit like bro-science myth to me, I'm having trouble buying it. What are your guys' opinions - truth or bro science?? Should I keep with cardio or stick to weights?