Researchers find lifting weights has unique benefits for fat loss

A cellular chat post-workout may explain in part why weight training shrinks waistlines

How weight training revamps body fat remains murky. Photograph: iStock

How weight training revamps body fat remains murky. Photograph: iStock

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We all know that lifting weights can build up our muscles. But by changing the inner workings of cells, weight training may also shrink fat, according to an enlightening new study of the molecular underpinnings of resistance exercise.

The study, which involved mice and people, found that after weight training, muscles create and release little bubbles of genetic material that can flow to fat cells, jump-starting processes there related to fat burning.

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