(PRWEB) December 31, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study confirming that aerobic exercise is the best way to burn fat.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/this-type-of-exercise-burns-the-most-fat) notes, this was the largest randomized trial to examine how aerobic exercise, resistance training, and a combination of the two can affect fat and weight. It is no health secret that aerobic fitness can help to shed pounds. But, many studies have suggested that resistance training—like weight lifting—can do so as well by raising the body’s metabolic rate (which means the body becomes more efficient at burning through calories).
As the article “This Type of Exercise Burns the Most Fat” outlines, the study included 234 overweight or obese adults who were placed into three separate exercise groups. The resistance training group did three days a week of weight lifting, three sets of 10 repetitions each day. The aerobic exercise group jogged the equivalent of 12 miles per week. The combination group did both regimens.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the results showed that people doing aerobic fitness or the combination lost more weight than those who were just lifting weights. In fact, the resistance group put on pounds, because their lean body mass increased—muscle weighs more than fat.
According to the article, the people who shed pounds spent an average 130 minutes a week on aerobic exercise. The people on resistance training spent more time, 180 minutes a week, and did not lose weight. The combination group had the greatest time commitment, but did not lose significantly more weight than the aerobic-only group.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that while aerobic activities may be best for weight loss, no one specific exercise delivers all health benefits. To stay healthy and disease-free, the article suggests that a number of different activities should be incorporated in an exercise regimen.
(SOURCE: Willis, L., et al., “Effects of aerobic and/or resistance training on body mass and fat mass in overweight or obese adults,” Journal of Applied Physiology 2012; 113(12).)
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