Running burns more fat than weights, study finds

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    Dec 16, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    I think many of us already know this, but more confirmation. And with this bit of info that caught my attention:

    And for older adults who are experiencing muscle loss, resistance training is beneficial, the researchers said.

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    Dec 16, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    It depends. The key to losing unwanted weight is through proper diet. Exercise helps speed up the process.

    Also, everyone needs to do some type of resistance/weight training. It helps improve bone density and will be beneficial to you as you get older.
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    Dec 17, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    I believe this, but I have an alternative....because of joint and lower back issues, I power walk. There is also Chi Walking, which has caught my eye as well.
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    Running makes me hungrier faster than weights. I enjoy it more than strength training, but I need a good balance b/c muscle burns more fat.
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Study fines eating right and exercising stops you getting fat.

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    Dec 17, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    I didn't know running could burn weights.
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidStudy fines [sic] eating right and exercising stops you getting fat.

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    Always glad to find you in a good mood. I think the essence of this study is that running burns more fat than weight training. We know that exercise burns fat, but which kind does it better?
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    Dec 18, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said I think the essence of this study is that running burns more fat than weight training. We know that exercise burns fat, but which kind does it better?

    You have to take that in the context of the subjects in the study. They were 234 overweight and obese adults who did not have diabetes, and did not exercise regularly before the study. It is unlikely these individuals would be able to exert enough intensity in the weights room.

    Keep in mind the difference between fat loss and weight loss

    fat loss = loosing fat while retaining muscle mass
    weight loss = fat + muscle loss

    If you only do cardio you will lose fat+muscle. It costs you body more resources to maintain 1lb of muscle compared to 1lb of fat. If you are in caloric deficit your body will not have a reason to hold onto muscle. It is a use it or lose it situation.You need to give your body a reason to hold onto muscle. And you do this by a strength weight training program with low volume.

    None of the above will work for weight/fat loss if diet isn't in check.
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    Dec 18, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI didn't know running could burn weights.
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    Dec 18, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Interesting.... That is contrary to what most of the recent studies I have read have said. As far as I know, metabolic workouts using heavy resistance training is the best way to boost metabolism and fat expenditure.

    Gym routines like the rule of 5s (I think that's what it's called), the Tabata protocol, and other regimes created by a lot of well-known and respected athletes providing video demonstrations on youtube keep recommending heavy resistance training (obviously with the right rep range, number sets, and diet) to reduce fat while maintaining muscle mass or even building it at the same time.

    These athletes are usually selling a product of sorts though.... And even as untrustworthy they are, fitness magazines and men's health magazines are all also starting to point out that more and more studies are showing that heavy resistance sheds more fat than cardio workouts.

    I think it's good to consider the specifics of the study, as one poster above already laid out clearly.

    Besides this study though, is there anyone else who has come to understand the above? Or is the general consensus that cardio still works better for fat-loss (not weight loss)?