Ryan AS, Pratley RE, Elahi D & Goldberg AP: Resistive training increases fat-free mass and maintains RMR despite weight loss in postmenopausal women. J. Appl. Physiol. 79, 818-823

Department of Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA.
Journal of Applied Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.06). 09/1995; 79(3):818-23.
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Percent body fat increases with age and is often accompanied by a loss in muscle mass, strength, and energy expenditure. The effects of 16 wk of resistive training (RT) alone or with weight loss (RTWL) on strength (isokinetic dynamometer), body composition (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry), resting metabolic rate (RMR) (indirect calorimetry), and sympathetic nervous system activity (catecholamines) were examined in 15 postmenopausal women (50-69 yr). RT resulted in significant improvements in upper and lower body strength in both groups (P < 0.01). The nonobese women in the RT group (n = 8) did not change their body weight or fat mass with training. In the obese RTWL group (n = 7), body weight, fat mass, and percent body fat were significantly decreased (P < 0.001). Fat-free mass and RMR significantly increased with training in both groups combined (P < 0.05). There were no significant changes in resting arterialized plasma norepinephrine or epinephrine levels in either group with training. RT increases strength with and without weight loss. Furthermore, RT and RTWL increase fat-free mass and RMR and decrease percent fat in postmenopausal women. Thus, RT may be a valuable component of an integrated weight management program in postmenopausal women.

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    • "However, the same authors in a subsequent study showed that body weight and fat mass did not change with RT alone, but decreased with RT+WL [131]. Nevertheless, RT and RT+WL both increased fat-free mass and resting metabolic rate in postmenopausal women [132]. Considering the fact that subjects in RT group were nonobese and subjects in RT+WL group were obese postmenopausal women, the authors suggested that RT may be a valuable component of an integrated weight management program in postmenopausal women. "
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    • "The Wndings of the present study showing a decrease in body fat mass and an improvement muscle strength with resistance training during weight loss complement previous studies (Henwood and TaaVe 2005; Moss et al. 1997). In an earlier study done by Ryan et al. (Ryan et al. 1995) the eVect of 16 weeks of resistance training combined with weight loss was examined compared to a resistance training-only group of post menopausal women (n = 15). The results showed that resistance training plus weight loss resulted in a signiWcant increase in strength, no change in overall lean mass, and decreases in body weight, fat mass, and % body fat. "
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