Want to lose that belly fat? A new 8-month study revealed the BEST exercise to get rid of the flab and reveal your abs is…
Good ol' fashioned jogging!
Duke University Medical Center researchers compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise like jogging, resistance training with weights, or a combination of the two activities in 196 overweight, sedentary adults between the ages of 18 to 70.
At the end of the study, Aerobic exercise burned 67% more calories than resistance training!
Lead author and exercise physiologist Cris Slentz said:
"Resistance training is great for improving strength and increasing lean body mass, but if you are overweight, which two-thirds of the population is, and you want to lose belly fat, aerobic exercise is the better choice because it burns more calories."
The benefits of jogging weren't limited to cutting calories either. Aerobic exercise reduced visceral and liver fat (fat between abs and organs), while improving factors for heart disease and diabetes including insulin resistance, liver enzymes and triglyceride levels.
Resistance training didn't deliver these benefits, but researchers say resistance training combined with aerobic yielded similarly positive results.
So all the meat heads out there benching 350 should consider hitting the treadmill for 10 or 15 minutes before or after their workout!
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