Aerobic exercise burns more calories than resistance training but its impact on weight loss is minimal. Some find it hard to accept but exercise isn't necessarily helping us lose weight.
Resistance training is great for improving strength and increasing lean body mass. But if you are overweight, and you want to lose weight, you need to know that exercise has a disappointingly small effect on weight loss. Exercise is great for our physical health and state of mind, and aerobic exercise may be the better choice.
According to the study published in published in the August 25 issue of the American Journal of Physiology, running beats weight lifting for losing weight.
The researchers found that aerobic exercise burned 67 percent more calories than resistance training but the report did not did not mention that even if you exercised every day, in order to achieve any noticeable weight reduction, you would have to do it for hours each day.
The study at the Duke University Medical Center compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (such as jogging), resistance training (such as weight lifting), or a combination of the two activities.
Aerobic exercise significantly improved risk factors for heart disease and diabetes Resistance training didn't deliver these benefits. Aerobic exercise plus resistance training achieved results similar to aerobic exercise alone, the investigators found.
The role of exercise in weight loss has been wildly overstated. When it comes to shedding pounds, it is what and how much we eat that counts most. There are certain foods we should eat and certain ones we should avoid. If you we change what eat and how eat, we will be able to lose weight.
Physical activity (unless done vigorously like a professional athlete) is a minor component to the economy of weight loss. Exercise is great for our physical health and overall wellbeing, but it has a small effect on weight loss. The critical component is what food we eat.