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See link for the study.
See link for the study.
I just had this conversation with a friend of mine whose husband is trying to lose his gut. He joined a gym, mainly plans on doing cardio. He posted about his intentions on facebook, and people TORE HIM APART saying that JUST CARDIO would do nothing for him, that he needed to strength train. Said his plan was stupid, his gym sucked, that he should go do a REAL workout… which p*ssed me right off! He needs ENCOURAGEMENT as he’s getting started, and he should do what makes sense for him. Any movement is better than none! I just posted this to his facebook to prove a point to his “friends” who were giving him crap hahah!
This article is referring to visceral fat, which is different than subcutaneous fat (measured by calipers). Visceral fat is more dangerous to health and is not always visible. A skinny person can have a lot of visceral fat. A
If somneone is noticebly overweight then they can possibly have subcutaneous fat mostly and weight lifting will do a better job of removing the subcutaneous fat combined with cardio and it will make it easier to maintain long term.
So someone trying to lose weight in general, this article only partially pertains to them since visceral fat is not normally visable although a larger tummy in relation to the rest of the body area can be indicative, though does not guarantee a large amt of this fat.
These studies tend to be pretty flawed and everything affects everyone differently… I’m particularly confused by the methodology in the weight-lifting group. Three sets of 8-12 reps 3 times a week… it doesn’t mention doing multiple exercises or if they’re increasing the amount of weight over time. I mean 36 curls 3x a week is a lot less work than 4 miles 3x a week.
I think what works best is whatever a person is most likely to stick with! If you like weight lifting, start with weight lifting. If you like jogging, start with jogging. Once you get a routine down and start getting used to one type of exercise, it becomes easier to vary it and add other things.
Study or no study I can feel the difference in my stomach when I jog versus just weights etc. I lost my weight by walking and then jogging which turned into running. Weights helped to tone (kind of) but the jogging/running that actually burns the fat through cardio.
@Entangled, agreed! I told my friend that as long as he’s moving, it’s better than not moving, and not to listen to them. Visceral fat being the most unhealthy type of fat, it’s not a bad thing to reduce that with cardio!
I heard this on the radio. I absolutely hate running and jogging but… I guess I’ll have to learn to like it!
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