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Why should I combine weight training and aerobic exercise to lose weight?

Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
A combination of weight training and aerobic exercise is better than cardiovascular exercise alone for losing weight. Need convincing?

In a study published in Fitness Management Magazine, 72 overweight women and men ate similar diets and exercised 30 minutes a day. One group did 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, while the other did 15 minutes of aerobic exercise and 15 minutes of weight training.

At the end of the 2 month study, the aerobic exercisers lost an average of 3 pounds of body fat. This sounds okay until you compare it to the 10 pounds of fat the group that both strength trained and worked out aerobically lost. The strength training group also lost more total weight while gaining more lean body mass.

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