What’s Best for Weight Loss?

For those who are short on time, researches from North Carolina have found that aerobic, not resistance, exercise is best when wanting to lose weight and fat. The study, titled “Effects of aerobic and/or resistance training on body mass and fat mass in overweight or obese adults,” is published in the December 2012 edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology.

According to Leslie H. Willis, an exercise physiologist at Duke University Medical Center and the study’s lead author, “Given our observations, it may be time to seriously reconsider the conventional wisdom that resistance training alone can lead to weight and fat loss.”

Willis added, “If increasing muscle mass and strength is a goal, then resistance training is required. However, the majority of Americans could experience health benefits due to weight and fat loss. The best option in that case, given limited time for exercise, is to focus on aerobic training. When you lose fat, it is likely you are losing visceral fat, which is known to be associated with cardiovascular and other health benefits.”