Most health professionals will tell you that cutting calories and exercising regularly are the keys to weight loss success. Can you accomplish more by choosing endurance exercise over weight lifting? A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiologysuggests the choice might not matter that much.

Researchers had 96 obese men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 consume 30% fewer calories than they burned each day. They were then assigned to endurance training (running, elliptical work or cycling), weight training (shoulder press, squats, barbell row, biceps curl, lateral split, front split, bench press and French press), a combination of endurance and strength training or 30 to 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day in accordance with physical activity guidelines. Subjects not in the daily guidelines group trained 3 times a week at between 50% and 60% of exercise capacity.

True Strength Moment: After 22 weeks, researchers discovered that all participants lost significant amounts of weight and body fat, reduced body mass index and waist circumference, and increased muscle mass. This suggests it’s not so much what exercise you do, but making sure you do it regularly.

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