How to get away from the stress of being fat, study says
A study by the International Federation of Gymnastics Federations International (IFG) has found that body fat can actually be a great stress reliever.
In the study, which was published online in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, participants who were classified as “obese” and “lean” were given two types of training: weight training and strength training.
Body weight training training helped participants burn fat while also helping them lose weight, the study found.
The researchers also found that lifting weights in a relaxed manner increased the amount of oxygen that could be transferred to the muscle fibers of the body.
“Body weight lifting has the advantage of a more intense workout, whereas strength training involves less exertion and therefore more energy expenditure,” the authors wrote.
“We found that, while weight training may be less intense, it was also less stressful for body weight and muscle strength.”
In the end, body weight lifting had an advantage over strength training because it was more physically demanding.
The study found that a person’s body composition was directly correlated with their total body fat mass.
The more body fat a person has, the higher their total fat mass and the more they tend to have low-grade inflammation, the researchers found.
Body fat was also linked to lower HDL-cholesterol levels, the “good” cholesterol in the blood.
The authors also found strength training had a similar effect, but the amount and intensity of the workout were not related.
The next step for the researchers is to determine the exact type of training that worked best for each individual.
The IFG is a nonprofit organization which researches the science behind body composition.
They have a focus on improving the health of women in sport and fitness.
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