A recent study published in the Obesity journal not only supports the role of resistance training in weight loss, but also suggests that a diet and aerobics alone may result in lost muscle and a decreased metabolism.
Researchers at the University of Alabama studied three groups of overweight women, each on a different exercise regime: aerobic, resistance, and no exercise training. All women followed a calorie-restricted diet, and all subjects lost weight, but the differences in body composition following the weight loss was astounding:
- The aerobic group lost less fat than the resistance group
- Both aerobic and no-exercise groups decreased their metabolism and their muscle mass
- The resistance group conserved muscle and metabolism
Thanks to Josh at Fitfilter for linking to this. I agree with his conclusion: strength training is vitally important if you’re trying to maintain your muscle and metabolism while losing weight. Moreover, strength is just as important for women as it is for men. So don’t be afraid to get hard, ladies. Scared? Then check stumptuous.com for a little inspiration.