Aerobic Exercise Better than Weight-Lifting to Lose that Belly Fat

That belly fat ! As the fat in the belly irks people most.

According to a new research by Researchers at DukeUniversity Medical Center, published in the August 25 issue of the American Journal of Psychology — If you want to lose that belly fat, then try Aerobic exercises instead of weight lifting.

The study says that aerobic exercises are a better option to lose that muffin top than weight-lifting. The study found that compared to those who weight-lifted; those who did aerobics like jogging, swimming, and bicycling lost belly fat faster.

How the study was conducted:

The research, which primarily wanted to see what was the best exercise to lose that unhealthy belly fat, also called visceral adiposity or liver fat, which can sometimes lead to fatty liver disease, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes; conducted the study with 196 overweight adults between the ages of 18-70 in an eight-month study.

The participants were divided into two groups—One on aerobic exercises and the other lifting weights.

The participants in the aerobics group, did the equivalent of 12 miles of jogging per week at 80% maximum heart rate, while the resistance group did three sets of 8-12 repetitions three times per week.

The study found that the individuals who did the jogging lost 2.5 square inches of belly fat, or 20 times the amount of belly fat loss by those that were lifting weights.

What the study recommends:

Researchers emphasized that jogging shouldn’t replace resistance training, but those that are looking to lose weight should focus more on jogging rather than resistance training because it burns up to 67% more calories. That apart, according to Cris Slentz, a physiologist at Duke University and the lead author of the study — “When it comes to increased health risks, the location of fat deposited in the body is more important than how much fat you have. Hence, what really matters is how much exercise you do, how many miles you walk and how many calories you burn.