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Physical activity is a vital component of any weight loss program. But more than just enhancing daily calorie burn, exercise helps get rid of fat, preserve muscle and reduce fat stores deep in the belly (visceral fat) linked to metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Yet despite most experts recommending exercise to enhance weight loss, there’s little consensus about what type of exercise is the most effective at getting rid of unwanted pounds.
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Some people swear that resistance (weight) training is the key to weight loss. Others think that the higher calorie burn of aerobic exercise makes it the best choice for dropping weight. And then there are those who insist that exercise plays a far greater role in weight maintenance than in weight loss.
Hoping to shed more light on exercise as a weight loss tool, a French research team reviewed and summarized the findings of 149 high quality studies that assessed the effects of physical activity on weight loss, fat loss, visceral fat loss, body composition and weight maintenance. To be included in the review the studies needed to feature either aerobic training, resistance training or high …….