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Cardio vs. weights: What's best for weight loss?

Posted at 8:21 AM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 08:21:19-05

New research is shedding light on which type of exercise is the best for losing weight.

Researchers from Duke University wanted to see if cardio or weight lifting would have a bigger impact on weight loss, so they tracked a number of volunteers who previously didn't work out. 

Part of the group did cardio and the other part lifted weights.  Researchers found that the volunteers who did cardio lost about 4lbs over eight months, while the weight-training group gained two pounds.  That weight gain was attributed to adding lean mass, but researchers say that muscle mass didn't lead to meaningful fat loss.

Even with the results, researchers say the best plan for getting healthy is combining cardio and weight loss.