CAIRO, Oct. 6 (SEE)- Researchers at the University of Copenhagen examined the differences between levels of hormone production after a group of participants completed both cardio training and weight training programs to see which activity is better suited for weight loss.
The study involved 10 healthy young men who were divided into two groups, completing either strength or weight training once a week.
Those doing cardio completed their exercise on a bicycle while those doing strength training did a weights-based program consisting of five exercises, each of which had to be repeated 10 times, designed to work each of the major muscle groups such as the chest, biceps, triceps and quads.
After completing the workouts, which lasted 60 minutes each, blood samples were taken over to measure participants’ levels of lactic acid, bile, blood sugar and the different levels of hormones in their body.
The analysis revealed that those who had been cycling experienced a significant increase in the production of the hormone FGF21, which offers numerous positive effects on one’s metabolism, the process by which our body converts food into energy.
Boosting one’s metabolic rate can be beneficial because the higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn at rest, which can help promote weight loss.