Weight training the best bet for losing belly fat according to researchers

23 December 2014        

Waist measurement

Men who do weight training are more likely to lose weight around their middle than men who do aerobics, according to new research. 

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health studied the long-term effects of weight training and aerobic exercise on the waistlines and body weight of over 10,500 men over 12 years. 

The findings showed men who did at least twenty minutes more weight training a day had a smaller waist size than those who did aerobic exercise. Combining the two types of exercise had the biggest effect. 

The study also found participants who lead the most inactive and sedentary lifestyle had a biggest waistline. 

Carrying extra weight around your waist increases your risk of cardiovascular disease which is why it’s important to keep our weight in check. 

Julie Ward
Senior Cardiac Nurse

Julie Ward, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Carrying extra weight around your waist increases your risk of cardiovascular disease which is why it’s important to keep our weight in check. 

This study suggests combining weight training and aerobic exercise is the best answer to reducing belly fat.  

However, the fact that this research excluded women and people from different ethnic backgrounds means more studies are needed to validate these results.  

So for now, the message is the same. Anyone planning to use weight training as part of their exercise plan should consult their GP beforehand, particularly if they at risk of, or have been, diagnosed with a cardiovascular related condition.