According to a research, aerobic exercise burns 67% more calories than resistance training when compared. And also say that aerobic exercise is better than resistance training if you want to lose the belly fat that poses a serious threat to your health.
This is a finding from their eight-month study, a comparison between the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (jogging), resistance training (weightlifting) or a combination of the two activities in 196 overweight, sedentary adults aged 18 to 70.
The participants in the aerobic group did the equivalent of 12 miles of jogging per week at 80 percent maximum heart rate, while those in the resistance group did three sets of eight to 12 repetitions three times per week.
Researchers at The Duke University Medical Center found that how these kinds of exercises reduce the fat that’s deep within the abdomen and fills the spaces between internal organs. This type of fat – called visceral and liver fat — is associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.
Energetic exercise can significantly reduce visceral fat that’s found in Aerobic exercise and also liver fat, and improved risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, such as insulin resistance, liver enzymes and triglyceride levels. Resistance training didn’t deliver these benefits. Aerobic exercise plus resistance training achieved results similar to aerobic exercise alone, the investigators found.
“Resistance training is great for improving strength and increasing lean body mass,” lead author and exercise physiologist Cris Slentz said in a Duke news release. “But if you are overweight, which two-thirds of the population is, and you want to lose belly fat, aerobic exercise is the better choice because it burns more calories.”
The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology.