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Rapid or long-term weight-loss programs typically result in reduced muscle mass, which makes it more difficult to maintain lost weight. Weight training is recognized as the best way to promote muscle hypertrophy and prevent muscle loss during weight loss. However, aerobic exercise can also enhance muscle protein synthesis, particularly in older adults with increases in abdominal fat— according to a study of adults with visceral obesity (organ and abdominal fat). Researchers examined the effects of low-calorie diets and low-calorie diets plus aerobics on body composition. Both groups lost weight and inches, but the diet plus aerobics group was able to maintain muscle mass. People trying to lose weight should exercise and cut calories. The exercise will maintain muscle mass that will help prevent weight regain. (Obesity Facts, 7: 26-35)