There's a new champ in the fitness ring with a one-two punch that would send Sugar Ray Robinson spinning. It's the best workout combo that helps you burn belly fat and lower blood sugar better than either exercise alone.
The dynamic duo? Aerobics and weight training. Do two of our favorite things: speed walking and a little resistance work. Even if you do the absolute minimum -- 5 days of walking and 2 days of strength training -- for just 20 to 30 minutes a day, you'll get more out of it than if you do just one.
Researchers observed that people with diabetes who did the combo were able to burn belly fat, lower their blood sugar, cut back on their meds, and (nifty bonus) lose 4 pounds of pure fat.
What makes aerobics and weight training the best workout for burning fat? Well, the beauty of combining both types of workouts is that it doesn't have to take more time. The mix seems to maximize the benefits of whatever you do. Even though the combo plan was tested on people with diabetes, it will work for anyone, whether you need to exercise to lower your blood sugar or just want to get healthier, have more energy, and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. Who wouldn't want that?
If you're already walking 30 minutes a day, don't cut back. Just substitute weight-training on two of those days or -- even better -- tack on 20 minutes of strength work to two speed walks. You'll get an even bigger bang on your exercise bottom line.
If you want to burn belly fat and eat well, then power up for your next workout by nibbling on one of these snack recipes from our Fuel for Fitness Recipe Center 30 minutes before you exercise.