Aerobic training 'the best for weight loss'

17 December 2012

Aerobic training has been found to be the best form of training to burn fat, according to a new study.

In an analysis of aerobic training and resistance training – as well as the two performed together – researchers discovered that it was the former that proved to be the most successful when it came to burning fat.

Aerobic training was described as being exercises which include walking, running and swimming, while resistance training was explained to that comprised of weightlifting.

"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," commented Leslie H Willis, an exercise physiologist at Duke Medicine and lead author of the study.

In the tests, researchers found that those who participated in aerobic training for an average of 133 minutes a week lost fat, while those who participated in resistance training and spent an average of 180 minutes a week training did not lose weight.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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