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Aerobics Better than Lifting for Weight Loss

Aerobics Better than Lifting for Weight Loss

If you belong to a gym than you’ve probably noticed the divide between those who lift weights and those who do aerobic exercise. Some may do both, for the sake of getting a cardio workout and resistance training.  And although lifting weights has its benefits, including building muscle and tone, a new study from Duke University shows that if you’re interested in losing weight, doing aerobic exercise alone is the better option than weight lifting or even doing both.

if you’re interested in losing weight, doing aerobic exercise alone is the better option than weight lifting or even doing both.

 

What makes aerobics so much better for fat burning? For starters lifting weights also builds muscle mass which weighs something. Also, when you are lifting weights, you are not necessarily moving much which would be a key factor for weight loss.  Those who mix the two report some weight loss, but not as significant as those who did only aerobic activity.

The study was based on the performances of 119 obese or overweight adults who were divided among the three types of exercise routines.  It is now considered the largest randomized trial to focus on obese adults who do not have diabetes.

So if you are busy with trying to lose weight and dividing your time between pumping iron and the treadmill, you are likely to have more success if you stick to just aerobics without the pumping or the mix of both.

Source: LA Times

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