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Introduction To optimize fat loss and at the same time minimize other side effects exercise must be integrated with a reduced calorie diet program The type of exercise to be integrated is where the debate begins The question posed is the question of overall effectiveness of aerobic training versus strength training for fat loss Discussion Dieting without exercise appears to be a highly effective way to lose a large amount of weight over a relatively short period of time but unfortunately much of the weight a person will lose through dieting is weight that they really do not want to be losing Walberg 1989 included two studies that showed that around 58 of the weight a person loses through dieting is actually fat but the remaining 42 of loss is from their Lean Body Weight LBW the non-fatty components of the body including water muscle and internal organs such as the kidneys and liver Dieting alone is not necessarily a good technique for weight loss because nearly half of what is lost is lean weight In addition to this Laurie Grubbs report 1993 mentions that dieting reduces a persons metabolism so unless the diet is made a permanent lifestyle change the result is the yo-yo effect This happens whereby a person will gain back the weight often more than they started off with however instead of gaining back 58 fat they gain back nearly 100 fat thus putting them in an even greater dilemma These two reason are the primary reason why exercise is so crucial for more permanent fat loss as it creates much more of a lifestyle change and helps to facilitate the loss and reduce or prevent the loss of LBW The addition of aerobic exercise appears to increase the rate at which fat is lost and reduce the amount of LBW lost but does not appear to stop it from occurring altogether Aerobics with or without concurrent dieting results in some
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