Weight Lifting Helps
Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise
Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training
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Lifting weights just twice a week for an hour will help women stop the
buildup of abdominal fat. The study involved 164 overweight women ages
24 to 44, and was presented at the American Heart Association conference
The women were broken up in to two groups. One group participated in a
two-year weight-training program. The other group was given a simple
brochure that recommended exercise of 30 to 60 minutes most days of the
week. Both groups were told not to change their diets in a way that
would lead to weight loss.
Women who did the weight training for two years, only had a seven
percent increase in intra-abdominal fat. The other group that was given
only exercise advice had a 21 percent increase. According to a KTEN NBC
news story, “The strength-training group also decreased body fat
percentage by almost four percent, while the group just given advice
remained the same”.
The study focused on intra-abdominal fat. This is the deep fat that
wraps itself around organs. ABC News has reported that this fat is the
“most unhealthy because it's linked with heart disease.” Dr. Tracy
Stevens said “It's the apple-shaped person I'm most worried about."
They have more central fat that was “laid down in the arteries.”
Stevens was involved in the study and is a cardiologist who directs the
women's heart center at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
According to the ABC repot, “Researchers reported only marginal effects
from the training on total fat mass and the fat you can pinch under the