If you’re concerned about losing weight, READ THIS! Fitness nuts have long debated whether cardio or weight training is better for weight loss. Well, now we have science to answer that question.
Researchers at Duke University found that in a study of 119 overweight or obese adults, aerobic exercise beat out resistance training and a combination of aerobic and resistance training in terms of losing fat mass.
Researchers gave subjects three different workouts: either just cardio, just weight training, or a combination. Before and after the exercise, they tested the body compositions of each person.
They found that aerobic activity alone was the best for losing fat mass and overall body mass. Those in that test group lost the most weight and the most fat. Those who did a combination of strength training and cardio also lost weight and fat, but not as must as the cardio-only group. Finally, the strength training group did not lose much weight or fat. They actually gained weight because they gained lean body mass.
Leslie H. Willis, MS, an exercise physiologist at Duke Medicine and the study’s lead author said, “Given that approximately two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight due to excess body fat, we want to offer clear, evidence-based exercise recommendations that will truly help people lose weight and body fat.”
Want more cardio? Check out the great boot camp style workout video below!
Or are you more into bulking up? Try the strength training video below!
So, Rockheads, does this change how you’ll exercise? Have you seen similar results yourself? Let me know in the comments below!