Will An Elliptical Burn Stubborn Belly Fat?
Stubborn belly fat is a problem for many people, but it does not have to mean that you are stuck wearing loose fitting clothes for the rest of your life. Whether your belly fat is hereditary, left over from a pregnancy or something that has just recently appeared now that you are over 50, an elliptical can help you safely burn it away.
One of the best ways to burn fat is with a cardio workout, and this is what an elliptical machine is designed to do. An elliptical will provide you with a low impact cardio workout that is capable of burning stubborn belly fat away for good. Another advantage of an elliptical is that it can also strengthen and tone muscles, while helping to melt fat away.
The top rated ellipticals come with moveable handles which allow you to work your core so you can burn stubborn belly fat. This can also help relieve lower back pain, while toning your abs and laterals. Along with your daily workouts, it is also important to follow a low fat and calorie diet or you will never be able to successfully lose all of your stubborn belly fat no matter how hard you exercise.
Burning More Calories Than Consumed
Even though the cardio exercise you get from an elliptical will burn calories, you won’t lose any weight if you are still consuming more than you work off. This means that you have to create a calorie deficit. A healthy weight loss goal is to lose one to two pounds per week, and for this to happen you need to combine exercise with a lower calorie meal plan. In order to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week you will need to cut around 3,500 to 7,000 calories from your weekly diet.
The number of calories cut will depend on the length and intensity of your workout. According to “HealthStatus” the average person weighing 195 pounds will burn 304 calories during a moderate intensity 40 minute elliptical workout.
Increasing the intensity by adjusting the incline and resistance can make it possible for the same person to burn up to 671 in the same amount of time. Before you start increasing the intensity of your elliptical training it is important that you first get approval from your primary health care provider. Pushing yourself too hard in an effort to quickly lose weight can result in injury and sideline your fitness goals.
Getting Rid of Visceral Fat
In a U.S. News and World Report medical professor Kerry Stewart was quoted stating that an elliptical machine is more effective at burning visceral fat than simply changing your diet. Visceral fat is deeper than the pinchable subcutaneous fat and it is responsible for the “spare tire” many people complain about around their mid-section. It can also cause several health problems.
Since it lies deeper around your abdominal organs visceral fat can be extremely hard to get rid of. Sit-ups, crunches and other abdominal exercises will almost never get rid of this stubborn belly fat. When you combine 40 to 60 minutes of elliptical training every day with a healthy low calorie diet it is possible to finally shed a thick mid-section.
With plenty of cardio exercise on an elliptical, patience and a healthy meal plan you will see your belly fat gradually melt away. If you need advice on which foods to eat and avoid a licensed nutritionist can help you work out a meal plan that is right for you.