One of the recommendations often given to people struggling with obesity is to perform aerobic exercise, like jogging. Unfortunately, many of these people have trouble going for a run or fast walk. In a new study published in the journal Obesity Reviews, researchers from Edith Cowan University focused instead on lifting weights as a strategy to help people with obesity trying to lose weight. They analyzed data from nearly 120 studies involving over 4,100 participants. They found that participants had the greatest weight loss when they were able to cut back on their calories and follow a resistance training program. They showed significant improvements in body fat percentage. And when they added even a little aerobic exercise, they lost even more weight.
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