Aerobic exercise beats resistance training for weight loss


Researchers have found that aerobic exercise is better than resistance training when it comes to burning fat and weight loss.

The study which appears in the Journal of Applied Physiology compared three modes of working out: aerobic on it's own, resistance training and a combination of the two.

Aerobic exercise, including walking, running and swimming, came up trumps as the best way to lose weight.

Whilst resistant training has become popular recently, the research found that whilst it builds muscle mass, the effects of it on getting rid of fat stores are inconclusive.

Scientists closely monitored 234 overweight people on the three regimes and found that those who did aerobic training, and those with aerobic plus resistance lost more weight than the resistance only group.

Those doing aerobic spent on average 133 minutes a week training and lost weight, whilst the resistance group worked out for 188 minutes and didn't shed the pounds.

Leslie Willis, an exercise physiologist and the study's lead author, explained, 'No one type of exercise will be best for every health benefit.

However, it might be time to reconsider the conventional wisdom that resistance training alone can induce changes in body mass or fat mass due to an increase in metabolism, as our study found no change.'

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