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Aerobic Exercise Proven More Effective At Reducing Body Fat

December 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Though studies have shown that there are many health benefits to resistance training (i.e., weight lifting, etc.), research has been inconclusive about the impact on weight loss. A new U.S. study comparing the benefits of different exercise regimens finds that aerobic exercise – walking, running, swimming, etc. – is much more effective in losing weight. Researchers assigned 234 overweight or obese adults to one of three exercise groups: resistance training, aerobic training, or aerobic plus resistance training. Aerobic exercise was shown to be more effective at reducing body fat. The combination exercise group did not significantly reduce body mass but did experience the largest decrease in waist circumference, perhaps because of the increased amount of time spent exercising.
L. H. Willis et al., "Effects of aerobic and/or resistance training on body mass and fat mass in overweight or obese adults", Journal of Applied Physiology, December 15, 2012, © American Physiological Society
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