Aerobic Exercise and Weight Loss Research

Recently  a study in the American Journal of Medicine that looked at all the trials on aerobic exercise (14 studies involving 1847 participants) was brought to our attention. The average weight loss after 6 months was 1.6kg (3.5lbs) and after one year was 1.7kg (3.74lbs.) Their conclusion? “Our results show that isolated aerobic exercise is not an effective weight loss therapy.” But aerobic exercise “may still be an effective weight loss therapy in conjunction with diets.”

Alwyn Cosgrove of Results Fitness writes: “It doesn’t work on it’s own, but it might work with diets? Let’s look at what else we know about aerobics and weight loss.

“There are several other studies showing that aerobic exercise has no effect on weight loss when compared to dieting alone. There are a ton of benefits to low intensity aerobic exercise, but time and time again, research and the real world have shown that it’s not an effective tool for fat loss training or really an effective use of your time, if fat loss is your goal.

“For losing fat, strength training is the number one way to make that happen. Metabolic circuits and interval training are number two. But they all fall far short without a solid nutrition plan.

“Fourteen studies on weight loss and aerobic exercise with 1847 participants have failed to show any meaningful results. Isn’t it time we faced the truth that aerobic exercise isn’t an effective fat loss tool?”