Overweight men looking to kick-start weight loss may benefit just as much from a 30-minute workout as a 60-minute workout, according to a new study performed at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
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The study tracked 60 men categorized as “moderately overweight” over a 13-week period. Participants were grouped in three categories. The first group exercised 30 minutes a day over the 13-week period, while the second exercised for 60 minutes and the third did not exercise at all.
At the end of the study, the men who worked out for 30 minutes per day had lost an average of 8 pounds, while the men who worked out 60 minutes per day lost an average of only 6 pounds. While the researchers admitted that their findings were surprising even to them, they offered two possible explanations. The first explanation is that the men who worked out for 30 minutes had enough energy to remain more active for the rest of the day. The second explanation is that the men who worked out for 60 minutes experienced more intense hunger, causing them to consume more calories over the course of the day, thus offsetting their weight loss rates.
Will you be cutting your workout times down to half an hour after reading the results of the study?