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Can weight loss be achieved with two workouts per week?

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  • 3 months ago

A recent study suggests that the "weekend warrior" exercise pattern may be just as effective for fat loss as spreading exercise throughout the week. The research, which focused on body fat and exercise frequency, found that both weekend warriors and those who exercised more regularly had similar levels of belly fat, waist size, body mass index, and body fat.

The study, conducted by health care scientist Lihua Zhang and colleagues, analyzed data from 9,600 people using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The results showed that the weekend warriors, who crammed their exercise into 1 or 2 days, had comparable body fat levels to those who spread their exercise out over 3 or more days.

While the study did not track individuals over time or establish causal relationships, it did highlight the potential benefits of the weekend warrior exercise pattern. It also noted that weekend warriors tended to be younger than the comparison groups, which could have influenced the results.

However, some experts caution that exercising less frequently may increase the risk of injury. Research has shown that more severe injuries occur on weekends, possibly due to lack of experience or participation in riskier sports on days off.

Ultimately, the study suggests that for weight loss, individuals should aim for 60 to 90 minutes of moderate physical activity most days. Combining better nutrition with increased physical activity is also recommended for optimal results.

Regardless of the exercise pattern chosen, it is important to manage expectations about weight loss and focus on improving overall health and quality of life. While the scale may not always reflect desired results, maintaining a consistent exercise routine can lead to lasting health benefits.

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