New research suggests the fat loss benefits of calisthens are not limited to fat loss.
The University of Melbourne’s research team has found that a calisthing process has the potential to be a good alternative to dieting.
In their latest study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that subjects who received calisthanes reported less appetite, decreased blood sugar and reduced body fat in comparison to those who received a standard diet.
“We found that the combination of calismhenics and low calorie intake led to weight loss and reduced levels of metabolic risk factors in overweight women,” lead researcher Dr Julia Cottrell told AAP.
“The findings support the idea that calisthes can be used to help reduce weight loss in overweight and obese women.”
Dr Cottrel said the findings supported the idea of using calisthanics to help people lose weight.
“This study has identified a potential therapeutic mechanism of using a dietary intervention to reduce metabolic risk markers in overweight or obese women,” she said.
“It may therefore be of value for weight loss programmes that are targeting overweight and/or obese women, as well as those with existing metabolic risk.”
Dr Julia Cettrell, who is the first author of the study, said calisthemes could be used for weight management.
“Calisthenes can help people achieve a weight loss plateau and improve their lipid profile,” she told AAP from Melbourne.
“Achieving a plateau requires a steady, sustained diet that includes foods high in fat and calories and these foods may not be available at all times.”
The study also found that calismhens led to a decrease in body fat mass and reduced insulin resistance in overweight subjects.
“While the results suggest that calistichenics can be effective as a dietary fat loss strategy, the benefits of using them as a tool to promote fat loss are not yet well established,” Dr Cottruff said.
The study was conducted between April and October 2017.