Why does aerobic exercise help lose weight?

Jonathan Penney
Jonathan Penney on behalf of National Academy of Sports Medicine

Truly any exercise is going to help you lose weight. Aerobic exercise will assist in weight loss due to the amount of calories that are burned. You may potentially burn more calories through intense aerobic exercise than what you burn during anaerobic exercise. However, anaerobic exercise will also help in weight loss. 

Again, exercise in general will benefit you more than no exercise at all. The best way to lose weight will be to complete both aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Increasing your lean muscle mass will help to increase your metabolism which will result in a greater chance for weight loss.

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