Lose Weight & Build Fitness

Lose Weight & Build Fitness According to a scientific paper published in The Journal of Applied Physiology, putting in hours on the treadmill and elliptical machine every day isn't the best way to increase your level of fitness or lose weight. The study suggests that exercise quality is more important than exercise quantity.

Researchers from Skidmore College had 36 female and 21 male overweight and out of shape volunteers aged 35 to 57 participate in one of three programs for 16 weeks. One group maintained their inactive lifestyle while another performed heavy weight training 4 days a week. The final group divided their exercise sessions between weight training, sprint intervals, yoga style stretching and endurance conditioning. Subjects in all 3 groups consumed 60 grams of whey protein every day.

Although all subjects who completed the study ended up losing weight, those in the varied exercise program showed the greatest improvements in body weight, fat mass and waist circumference. They even gained more muscle mass than the group focused exclusively on weight training.

True Strength Moment: A previous study performed by the lead author of this study suggested that increasing protein intake might help decrease body fat, and research published at ABBperformance.com supports varying exercises, even if that amounts to simply changing the order you attack each station in the weight room.
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