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HHS HealthBeat (February 18, 2013)

Slimming aerobically


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study that compared vigorous aerobic exercise with resistance exercise like you might do on weight machines found that people who did the aerobics did better at weight loss and fat loss.

At Duke University Medical Center, Leslie Willis looked at data on 119 people who did aerobics, aerobics and resistance, or only resistance for three months. Willis says aerobics and aerobics-resistance exercisers lost a bit of fat and weight. The resistance-only exercisers gained a bit of weight – which could be good, because the gain was muscle. But Willis says:

“If your goal is to lose weight or to lose fat, we’d advise you to spend that time doing cardiovascular or aerobic exercise.”

The study in the Journal of Applied Physiology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 20, 2013