Posted by: jbiggars63 | June 18, 2012

Is Resistance Training Important in Weight Loss?

Fitness Management Magazine conducted a study to determine the role of weight training on body composition changes. In this study, 72 overweight men and women were put into two groups. Both ate the same diets and exercised 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks. But one group followed a typical weight-loss exercise program, spending all 30 minutes on aerobic exercise, while the second group did 15 minutes of aerobic exercise (exercycling) and 15 minutes of weight training (Nautilus machines). Here are the results:

Exercise Program Body Weight Changes Fat Weight Changes Muscle Weight Changes
Endurance exercise only -3.5 pounds -3.0 pounds -0.5 pounds
Endurance and strength exercise -8.0 pounds -10.0 pounds +2.0 pounds

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