Aerobic Activity Best at Reducing Dangerous Visceral Fat

Aerobic Activity Best at Reducing Dangerous Visceral Fat

Researchers at Duke University compared different combinations of exercise among almost 200 overweight and sedentary adults aged 18 to 70, and observed how different exercise regimens affected fat that surrounds internal organs. This abdominal “visceral fat”, has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.

Of particular note was the difference over the eight month study between aerobic exercise (jogging) and resistance exercise (weight lifting) when it came to calorie burning and the reduction of visceral fat. The aerobic group jogged 12 miles per week and the resistance group worked out three times per week.

Aerobic exercise significantly reduced visceral fat among that group (and among a group that practiced both aerobic and resistance training), and improved risk factors for heart disease and diabetes such as insulin resistance and blood triglyceride levels. Resistance training alone did not achieve the same results.

Researchers reported that aerobic exercise burned 67% more calories than resistance trainingResearchers at Duke University compared different combinations of exercise among almost 200 overweight and sedentary adults aged 18 to 70, and observed how different exercise regimens affected fat that surrounds internal organs. This abdominal “visceral fat”, has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.

Of particular note was the difference over the eight month study between aerobic exercise (jogging) and resistance exercise (weight lifting) when it came to calorie burning and the reduction of visceral fat. The aerobic group jogged 12 miles per week and the resistance group worked out three times per week.

Aerobic exercise significantly reduced visceral fat among that group (and among a group that practiced both aerobic and resistance training), and improved risk factors for heart disease and diabetes such as insulin resistance and blood triglyceride levels. Resistance training alone did not achieve the same results.

Researchers reported that aerobic exercise burned 67% more calories than resistance training

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