Lift Weight to Lose Weight
Older adults: Add weights to your weight-loss program. Strength training burns fat while preserving muscle. That’s essential for seniors, who need muscle to stay fit and mobile. In an 18-month study, 249 adults, who did not have diabetes and whose average age was 67, participated in one of three weight-loss groups: diet only, diet and walking, or diet and weight lifting. Both exercise groups, who worked out four times a week, lost about 19 pounds, nearly 7 pounds more than the diet-only group. However, the walkers lost 3.5 pounds of muscle, as much as twice the amount lost by the weight lifters and the dieters.
Source: Obesity, Oct. 30, 2017