Trying to Lose Weight? Study Says Skip the Weights, Stick to Aerobics

August 30, 2011  |  

This is possibly a no-brainer, but hey, never hurts to hear it again. If you’re a lady working on your fitness at the gym, a new study says jogging and other aerobic activities are more beneficial than picking up weights. Good ‘ol running. Your favorite activity, right? (Yeah, right).

An eight month study conducted by Duke University Medical Center found that when you’re trying to lose that stubborn body fat, aerobics are more effective. Especially  in the fight to lose the fat near the abdomen called visceral and liver fat, which can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. That belly fat that keeps you from feeling less than fab can be obliterated (through hard work and time) by long distance running, biking, swimming, and a lot more. Mixing resistance training (weight lifting of any sorts) with aerobics can be helpful in burning off a large amount of calories, so don’t run away from weights completely. But resistance training is more or less about improving strength and toning, the focus isn’t on weight loss as much.

With obesity rates in America increasing to the nines, it’s best we take any advice we can get out here folks. Especially the free kind (a la, go for a run in the park for free.99?). If you’re not the most athletic person out there, other aerobic exercises you can try at your local gym or outside other than getting your run on include the following:

  • Stair climbing
  • Elliptical trainer
  • Indoor rower
  • Stairmaster
  • Stationary bicycles
  • Treadmill (of course!)
  • Real cycling
  • Skating (Roll, bounce!)
  • Jumping rope
  • Swimming

…and a lot more. So you know what to do when you get to the gym, girl. You “betta” work!

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  • vlbpt

    It’s been said already…. Muscle burns fat 24/7/365, proper food intake is the key, consistency and a combination of resistance training and cardio at the most opportune time works.

  • guest

    So the truth comes out! I thought you had a fiance who was female according to some of your other posts. Guess you can be anything you want in cyberspace.

  • browngirl

    I DISAGREE It's about eating clean most days. If I skip all cardio and weight-train 3-4 days a week with heavy weights, the fat melts away and I get thin and sculpted. I do push-ups, pull-ups, you name it and my muscles never bulk up. If you diet ain't right, you'll be chasing your tail on that treadmill forever. I know, I tried it back when high fructose corn syrup was my best friend.

  • extraordinary

    Great post! Nonetheless resistance training is still necessary to tone the muscles along with aerobic activity.

  • Prissy

    YES for all these tips on ONE page!! Keep up the good work 😉

  • You heard me

    Weights make my arms/thighs look thinner, tighter. The nautilus equipment made that line down the center of my belly. You know the divider in the six pack.

  • HeadSmackeroni

    I guess whatever idiot wrote this is ignoring the fact that the more muscle you have, the easier it'll be to actually burn fat – and look nice and toned at the same time instead of thin, and flabby (think lindsay lohan, or jennifer hudson right now).

    Hell even thicker and toned looks better, think Beyonce, or Rihanna sometimes.
    Nothing more unattractive than a thin chick who can't carry her own groceries because of no muscle tone, lol.

    • Ain

      Took the words out of my mouth! Whoever wrote this probably doesn't even work out. First off weight loss has to do with 85% of what you eat- but once you burn that fat off- you MUST make it firm, or just stay flabby. The only way to do that is by strength training- (ie weights or calesthenic training) to build muscle. But if you train using the HIIT (High Intesity Interval Training) method you actually can burn fat like you're doing cardio while building muscle at the same time and spend 1/2 the amount of time doing it. I know plenty of ppl who are living proof..myself included