Visceral fat is stored in the abdominal cavity next to many vital organs, which is why it’s deemed so dangerous If it’s left to build-up, serious health complications can occur including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So what’s the best way to get rid of it?
The study found aerobic training significantly reduced visceral fat and liver fat.
Aerobic exercise also did a better job than resistance training, particularly at improving fasting insulin resistance, and reducing liver enzymes and fasting triglyceride levels.
Resistance training achieved no significant reductions in visceral fat, liver fat, liver enzyme levels or improvements in insulin resistance.
The combination of aerobic with resistance training achieved results similar to aerobic training alone.
Exercise physiologist Cris Slentz, lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Physiology, said: “Resistance training is great for improving strength and increasing lean body mass.
“But if you are overweight, which two thirds of the population is, and you want to lose belly fat, aerobic exercise is the better choice because it burns more calories.”
Aerobic training burned 67 percent more calories int he study when compared to resistance training.
The eight-month study involved 196 overweight, sedentary adults, aged 18 to 70, who were randomised to one of three groups – aerobic training, resistance training or a combination of the two.