Contrary to popular assumption, resistance training can have similar favourable effects to calorie restriction when combined with aerobic exercise, according to a recent study.
Contrary to popular opinion, resistance training can be effective for losing weight when combined with calorie restriction, according to an Edith Cowan University (ECU) study carried out at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI). Pedro Lopez, the study’s principal investigator and a PhD candidate, said the results demonstrated resistance training can significantly affect fat mass, muscle mass, and weight loss.
“Usually, we only hear about aerobic exercise when we talk about obesity, body composition, or weight loss,” he said.
This study demonstrates that resistance training can be used in conjunction with a caloric-reduction diet to produce significant results. We can lower body weight, BMI, body fat mass, and body fat percentage. These benefits are comparable to those of aerobic exercise combined with calorie restriction in individuals who are overweight or obese, according to the research.
According to Mr. Lopez, it’s critical that those fighting obesity have more weight-loss options besides just aerobic exercise.
“This group may find the idea of spending 30 or 40 minutes on a treadmill or bicycle uncomfortable,” he said.
They can hurt their knees, joints, ligaments, and more because doing a lot of cardiovascular workouts requires them to carry their entire body weight.
Resistance training, according to Mr. Lopez, also takes into account other crucial aspects of weight loss, such as keeping or increasing muscle mass.
Resistance training was effective in preventing muscle mass loss when calorie intake was decreased, according to the study, he added.
Mr. Lopez emphasised that the study did not compare aerobic exercise with resistance exercise.
Whichever option they selected, they would all need to reduce their calorie intake.
“You must cut back on your calorie consumption if you want to lose weight.”
‘The effects of resistance training over the lifespan on body composition and weight outcomes in overweight and obese individuals: Obesity Reviews released a systematic review and meta-analysis.