The principles of weight loss are clear: more exercise, smarter workouts, healthier food. But remember, we’re all different. Depending on your genes, your habits, your work, or even where you live, your body may respond faster or slower to your lifestyle changes.
But even if you don’t see immediate change right away, trust us when we say that, under the hood, your body is getting better, leaner, healthier, and stronger.
Case in point? In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Hepatology, 36 overweight adults went through eight weeks of one of three exercise programs—60 minutes of low-to-moderate aerobic activity four times a week, 45 minutes of high-intensity aerobic activity three days a week, or 45 minutes of low to moderate aerobic activity three days a week.
At the end of eight weeks, some participants had no noticeable weight loss...but all of them, no matter what exercise group they were assigned to, had decreased liver fat and visceral fat.
A fatty liver—or in medical lingo, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)—is usually caused by eating too much, and can lead to more serious liver diseases or even diabetes down the road, writes Charles M. Chanco, MD, in the Philippine Star. It’s the leading cause of liver disease in the West.
“Both aerobic and resistance training regimen are equally effective in reducing liver fat in individuals with NAFLD even in the absence of weight loss,” conclude gastroenterologists Rohit Loomba and Helena Cortez-Pinto in the Journal of Hepatology.
So keep working at it, man. Don't give up the good fight.
This story originally appeared on Menshealth.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by Cosmo.ph editors