Can high protein resistance training fight obesity? Scientists used an 8-week controlled trial and a 24-week observational follow-up to determine just that. The study, entitled the PROMOTE study (High-protein and resistance-training combination in overweight and obesity) for short-term weight loss and long-term weight maintenance for Chinese people, started in June 2019 and ended in October 2020.
At the start, the study randomly assigned ninety 18 to 50-year-old overweight or obese participants to one of three groups. The three groups are a conventional low-fat diet, a high-protein diet, and a weightlifting combination. The researchers monitored, recorded, and reviewed the bodyweight of the participants. In addition, the researchers observed the participants at weeks eight and 24 and compared them to their baseline levels.
Long-Range Goal –
The long-range goal of the study is to provide clinicians and dieticians with 32 weeks of data. The data helps explore reasonable weight loss plans for obese people that address short-term and long-term weight loss. The China Postdoctoral Science Foundation hopes to provide programs for obesity management in China. This study and similar studies also can promote the development of exercise- and diet-related programs.
The hypothesis is that weightlifting combined with a high-protein diet would result in similar short-term weight loss to low fat and high protein diets. But produce better long-term weight loss than either the conventional low-fat diet or the high-protein diet alone.
Health Problems –
Obesity is a growing (and dangerous) health problem worldwide, affecting over 30% of the population. Also, obesity links to virtually all metabolism-related diseases and is associated with more than 200 health problems. As an example, obesity causes over 80% of the cases of diabetes, and obesity also contributes to diabetes-related deaths. In addition, excess weight and obesity appear to increase tumor risk, and obesity significantly increases the risk of death.
The Last Word on High-Protein Resistance Training
How do you use protein and weightlifting to fight obesity? First, there is a search for a long-term solution. Roughly 70% of dieters who achieve short-term weight loss regain at least 50% of their weight in 2 years. And return to their previous weight within three years. This study will also help experts design and develop a reasonable weight loss plan for obese people. The study addressed both short-term weight loss and long-term weight loss.
There are few international studies on short-term weight loss and long-term weight loss. And there are even fewer involving an increasingly obese population. So this study is one of the first to detail weightlifting’s effectiveness in short- and long-term weight loss. What do you think? Please share your response in the comment section so that others can benefit from your experience.