Scientists from Edith Cowan University found that people battling with their weight who are unable to do aerobic exercise can hit the gym instead and still see positive results.
They found resistance training can also have positive results—in conjunction with reducing calorie intake.
The findings showed resistance training can have a significant effect on fat mass, muscle mass and weight loss.
The research is published in Obesity Reviews and was conducted by Pedro Lopez et al.
Despite the commonly held belief aerobic exercise is essential for weight loss, this study showed people can use resistance training and achieve meaningful effects with a diet based on caloric reduction.
The team says it is important people battling obesity had options beyond just aerobic exercise to lose weight.
This group may be uncomfortable with the prospect of 30 or 40 minutes on a treadmill or a bicycle.
They can injure knees, joints, ligaments, and more because they have to carry their whole body weight during a lot of aerobic exercises.
The team says resistance training also catered to other important factors when looking to lose weight, such as building or preserving muscle mass.
The study also showed resistance training was effective in avoiding losing muscle mass when lowering the number of calories being consumed.
However, the team stressed the study was not a comparison between aerobic and resistance exercise.
Regardless of which people chose, they would also have to cut down on calories.
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