The Checkup: Cardio Best for Weight Loss, Study Says

If you’re short on time and weight loss is your goal, focus on aerobics, not resistance training.

• At a time of year when you’re more likely to loosen your belt than tighten it, a new study brings some good news: Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, who set out to compare aerobic exercise (a.k.a. cardio) and resistance training, found that cardio is your best bet for burning fat and losing weight. They took 234 middle-aged men and women, all overweight or obese, and split them into three groups: one that did just cardio, one that did just resistance training, and one that did a combo of both. In terms of workout time, the resistance-training group logged three hours a week, the aerobics group logged two-and-a-quarter hours a week, and the combo group logged what the two other groups did combined—amounting to double the work and time commitment of the other groups. At the end of eight months, subjects in the cardio and combination groups reduced more body and fat mass than those in the resistance-training group. But interestingly, their weight loss was almost identical: an average of 3.8 pounds for the aerobics group and 3.6 pounds for the combo group. Meaning? Even though the combo group worked twice as hard and long at the gym, they didn’t see significantly better results. “If fat mass is something a person wants to target, I would say your most time-efficient method would be to focus on the cardiovascular exercise,” study author Leslie Willis said to HealthDay. And that’s something to take to the bank.

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  • Susan A

    Cardio is indeed very good for weight loss. There is a great program I`ve just signed up for that explains in detail things I didn`t know about the subject. Those interested can check out a good review here

  • Pam Peeke, MD

    Another benefit of aerobic exercise is that it increases serotonin, which may be lacking in those overweight patients with food addiction. Serotonin is the antibody of stress, which is a clinically proven cause of both weight gain and overeating. The exerciser then has three benefits in attacking weight loss, through exercise, stress-reduction and an enhanced sense of well-being and calm. As I discuss in my most recent book, THE HUNGER FIX, Without increasing serotonin and dopamine transmitters in the brain, which have often been ravaged by the addictive action of junk food, people have little hope of removing weight and sustaining the loss with any kind of serenity.

  • Token

    Ive got a bad feeling about how this QB thing is gonna be handled here.

    I dont like when he says the job is always on the line. I hope Chip understands theres ups and downs in the pros. Especially for young QBs. You cant sit them after a bad week because the other guy had a better day of practice. You need continuity at that spot.

  • Dutch

    I thought this was an exceptional off season. The discussion got many of us through a dull period. Kelly comes in and doesn’t commit which inspires his Quarterbacks to up their game after plucking a talented and accomplished 4th round pick in the draft, Vick included. I think it’s a brilliant means to preparing the Quarterback mentally for the grind expected this season.

    Vick has to play better there is no question about that and if Kelly has found a way to unlock Vick’s mind all the chatter has been worth it. The same should be expected for every position on the roster. You play like you practice. If you’re able to get away with cutting corners in practice you will cut corners during a game. Kelly being unpredictable probably a very good thing to start his era in the NFL