Does anyone use the elliptical and other cardio only for weight loss? I have lost 20lbs so far (since August) and it's hard for me to lose any additional weight. I've been at the same weight for about 3 weeks. Alot of people say you can't do the same thing all the time and see weight loss but I've seen too many people do the same thing and see results including those that use the elliptical only. Don't get me wrong I do weight training at least once or twice a week but the elliptical and stepping machines are my best friends when it comes to weight loss. Has anyone seen a dramatic weight loss over time and what did you do to achieve those results?
I've lost about 40 pounds since mid-July, and I've done the *vast* majority of that by, in addition to controlling food intake, working on the elliptical. I'm working on it a lot to get those results - about 80 minutes per day, 5 days per week. There have been times when I have plateaued for a couple of weeks at a time, but overall it's been a fairly consistent downward trend.
Hope that helps.
I have lost 66 pounds since November 2008. I started at 253 pounds with THE BEST LIFE program and at 10 pounds from reaching the first gold I gave myselft (190 pounds) I switched to a free online service which is offering the same basic services (calorie count, journal, statistics, etc.). Why pay for something you can get for free?!?
I am really proud of this achievement! I did it with a 1500-1600 calories diet and a lot of exercice. I started training 3 times a week for about 45 minutes, but now I do it every single day for at least 1 hour (cardio training - mostly elliptical) and 3 times a week I add 30 minutes of weight training. I train in a gym on weekends but I do it at home the rest of the week. The elliptical is my favorite! I feel like working more at the gym. Other than the elliptical, the tool that helped me the most is my MP3 player. Good music with a great beat gives me the energy to push myself harder (had level of difficulty or work faster). I also started a new type of exercice that help me beat a plateau, the mini trampoline. Low impact and fun! I like it a lot. I am sure it is not has high calories burning has the elliptical is but it is something different so my exercice sessions don't get borring.
Now, I found it harder to loss weight. I still want to loss 16 pounds, I hope I will be able to do it. The Holliday season is a real nightmare for me... I am really nerveous about it right now. My objectif, is finding the will power to continue to exercice during my week vacation even if I don't have access to the gym or my own machines at home.
God luck in your journey!
You lost 66 pounds in a month? Thanks for the input. I think I will need to increase my time on the elliptical because right now I do about 50 minutes cardio and when I do weight training I don't do cardio. So I may blend them more by doing both on the same day twice a week (and do cardio alone 3x a week). Hopefully, I'll figure this thing out. Congrats on your weight loss!
LOSING 66 LBS IN A MONTH IS INCREDIBLY UNHEALTHY. I have lost 5 pounds in a week. and only am doing 20 min of cardio a day and 20min of calestinics. you know. pushups jumping jacks crunches. squats and lundges the more lean muscle you have the more fat you will loose during the day without exercising i have read in almost every magazine book and blog, Keep at it. I lost 40 lbs before i joined and then put it back on when my life style was drastically changed. now i am back into the groove. and will be working out right along side you.
I agree that losing 66lbs quickly is unhealthy and I don't even know if it's possible unless a person's on biggest loser or had an operation of some kind. On a good week I lose 4 to 5lbs tops. I took a little bit of a break for Christmas (I went home and enjoyed my mom's cooking). However, now I am back and looking forward to losing weight on a week to week basis from hence forward. Congrats on losing 5lbs!
I lost 30 lbs last year in a little over 3 months using the elliptical and some walking. But I've since gained it all back after getting pregnant and having my baby. It's the only exercise equipment I own (besides a yoga ball I never use) so I'm using it this time around too.
I'd recommend adjusting the resistance from time to time to stay challenged. I alternate between high resistance at a slower pace and low resistance at a higher pace...
I've lost 25lbs started day after T-day all on elliptical 35-46 mim/day, I bought a good one that has programed workouts so I can just concentrate on my speed and heart rate and drinking water, when I want a harder workout I go to next level. Good luck
When I started my weight loss, I turned to the elliptical because running on the treadmill was impossible. I did a 15 minute workout, then 25, then 35, then 45. At that point I added the stairclimber for 8-10 minutes three times a week and went to the gym 4-5 times a week.
When I got used to that I added weights to my workout routine and started running....slowly. I "ran" 2 miles about three times a week, and used the elliptical as a filler in between.
As of now I run about 20 miles a week, 6 of those are on a treadmill on an incline, 2 sessions of 15 minutes on the elliptical, about 15-30 minutes total on the rowing machine, stairclimber at least once a week, and lots of toning/strength training that helps keep my body a little confused.
I have gone from 197 pounds to 157.4 pounds in a little over a year. (I've gained some substantial muscle, though, so I don't know how much fat I've lost.)
I use the elliptical at my gym at least 3 days out of the week since the 3rd of january this year for 30 min. I find that it vastly over estimates how many calories i burn, I dont use the arm thingys and just hold the heart monitor the whole time. I take my average heart rate and use this website http://heartcalories.com/ for my calories I burned. Ive lost 24lbs since starting the elliptical. I don't believe the you cant do the same thing all the time and lose weight. However it does take more work to get my heart rate up. I thought it was odd if I am going like 100 strides a minute on a very low resistance and my heart rate is 160 I am burning far less calories than 50 strides a minute on a higher resistance with my heart rate at 130. Thats when I decided to start using the website instead.
Use the site, Meleania. The numbers on the machine are probably way, way wrong. I've just used CC's estimates for my elliptical escapades, and after a year and half I can say they are as close to being bang on as anything out there.
It's all about heart rate and duration. But seriously, try the arm thing. I am by no means "buff", but getting that little bicep and tricep action has helped me look a little more lithe.
Thanks for the post. I really appreciate the input.