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Do Elliptical Trainers Help You Lose Weight?

By April 3, 2012

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If you've ever made the decision to get rid of your gym membership and set up a home gym, you've probably run into the cardio conundrum: Treadmill or elliptical trainer?

For many people, this often comes down to the weight issue, namely, which one will help you lose weight the fastest? The short answer here is: The one you actually use. And, for exercise, not as a Royal Throne for your cat (or, perhaps that only occurs in my house).

The longer answer is that elliptical trainers can help you lose weight...if you work at it. The 'work at it' part is where the elliptical trainer and the treadmill often diverge.

A treadmill is usualy more comfortable from the beginning - You're used to walking, so it doesn't feel like you're doing something weird when you try it (if you ignore the fact that you're actually walking to nowhere).

On the elliptical, you push into the pedals (much like a bicycle) in order to move, something our bodies don't normally do. This no-impact movement is a plus for those with joint problems. It can be a minus, however, when you consider that, in order to get your heart rate up, you have to work against the resistance of the pedals...and it sometimes takes quite a bit of resistance to really get your heart going.

The act of pushing against resistance can really tax the legs, making it more uncomfortable than walking on a treadmill (a movement our bodies are used to doing every day). That doesn't mean the treadmill is better, just that you should take that into account as you're making your choice. Your legs may need extra time to gradually build endurance. Eventually, this will allow you to work at the level of intensity you need to burn calories.

What do you think? Have you lost weight using an elliptical trainer? What are the pros and cons? Leave a comment and tell us what you think about elliptical trainers.

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Comments
October 2, 2006 at 1:07 pm
(1) VICKI_R1150 says:

I have just purchased a Precor Elliptical Trainer. I have selected the ‘weight loss’ program. At 140 lbs, it is preset to a resistance of 4 and ramp level intervals of 4 and 7 for a total workout of 33 minutes (including cool down). If I do this daily, how long should it take for me to see results?

March 30, 2007 at 11:31 am
(2) Mimi says:

I would suggest taking one day off and get on a healthy diet and you will lose wEight in no time!! AND DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER!!!:D

April 25, 2007 at 10:04 pm
(3) aliAndrew says:

I have been eating lean cuisines and excursing on an elliptical trainer for about 2-3 weeks and I am not seeing improvement. I feel like my butt and thighs are getting bigger, why is this?

April 26, 2007 at 11:04 am
(4) stacie sampson says:

I STARTED WORKING OUT AT OUR LOCAL GYM 3/27 I WAS AT 162 NOW ONE MONTH LATER I’M AT ABOUT 150 I WORK OUT ON THE ELLIPTICAL FOR 1 HOUR AND THEN ANOTHER 5 MINUTES FOR THE COOL DOWN MODE. I ALSO DO IT FOR 10 MINUTES BACKWORDS AND 5 MIN COOL DOWN MODE I ALSO DO NOT EAT MUCH, I HAVE A BANANA BEFORE GOING AND ONE AFTER I AM FINISHED AND FOR SUPER I EAT A TURKEY SANDWICH ON THE NEW BAGEL BREAD WITH SPINICH LEAFS AND STEAMED VEGGIES THATS ALL I EAT DAILY. ALTHOUGH I DO WORKOUT LIKE THIS 6 DAYS A WEEK

June 15, 2007 at 2:16 pm
(5) Cindy says:

I bought an elliptical about a month ago and have been diligently using 4-6 times a week, usually 40-60 minutes each time. The pointer on the scale has yet to budge for me, and I am at the exact same weight I was a month ago. BUT, I see a real improvement in the mirror. Everything seems a bit more toned, and in general I look more hour-glassy. And of course my fitness level has really improved in a month — I can go faster and longer on the elliptical than I could when I started. All that being said, I am still a bit disappointed that no actual pounds are coming off, but I suspect I’m growing muscle which is countering the fat loss. Either way, I love my elliptical and am really optimistic about it!

June 17, 2007 at 5:27 pm
(6) Josh says:

Hey guys I am a 21 year old male that uses an elliptical 5 days a week for an hour a day. Ive been doing this for a few months and have went from 260 to about 230 lbs. To you guys that are having trouble, I would say just to monitor your diet better and your calorie intake. Record all the foods your eating in a day and figure out the calories for each. You would be suprised by how many calories are in some foods.

June 21, 2007 at 10:17 am
(7) Julia says:

For all of you that think exercising on an ellipitical for a couple weeks and eating healthy means you will just drop weight, that’s wrong!!! It takes six weeks to build muscle and two weeks to lose it. I have been using an ellipitcal now for over two months and I have lost 15 pounds so far by monitoring my food and keeping my calories down to 1500 a day if I can. The healthy way to lose weight is to lose like 2 to 3 pounds a week. Anymore than that and you will most likely gain it back before you even know it. So I suggest to all of you who want results fast, keep dreaming. You just have to watch your diet, exercise your little rear off, and don’t get discouraged. Getting into shape is a life changing thing, you change your whole life style by dieting and exercising. So just keep eating healthy and exercising and you should be fine.

June 26, 2007 at 7:18 am
(8) Russel says:

For those who are feeling down cause no kg’s or pounds are going away, please remember doing your measurements via a scale is wrong! Please use Tape to measure cm/mm/inches instead to see real results. Fat will burn and muscle will build, so your weight will fluctuate :) Hang in there!

July 11, 2007 at 9:46 am
(9) KC says:

I have been using an elliptical trainer for 5-6 weeks Now. I feel better I have better stamina than I had like 4 weeks ago. I haven’t seen a any change in my looks but internally I can walk/run longer. My clothes fit a little better. Lost about 9-10 lbs. So I guess you need to give it some time to see results VISUALLY..

July 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm
(10) spahennakey jackson says:

look you fools, when you first start on an eleptical trainer, you actuaslly build muscle for the first few months on your legs, the higher the endurance level you chose the more muascle you will build..youre burning a ton of calories and building muscle to a certain extent what more can you ask for, just take the sh*t youre eating out of the menu look at sh*t food as making you obese

July 15, 2007 at 9:40 am
(11) Jeanette May says:

I have an elliptical and love it, yes it does take longer to do it with just the trainer but it is for building stamina and toning. If you are looking to lose weight, you do have to monitor your food intake but add another cardio, like interval walking, or lifting weights. For me, I always lose inches first before the weight, so it takes patience and commitment. Good Luck!

July 25, 2007 at 3:37 pm
(12) Laura says:

Weight Watchers is a wonderful diet and the elliptical is a godsend! Stop worrying about what the scale reads… pay attention to how you feel, how your clothes feel on you, and the inches you are loosing. These three things are a lot better than a number on a scale! If you are loosing weight, then you should only loose up to 2 lbs a week. There is not a quick fix to loose weight… it is a lifestyle change.

August 8, 2007 at 6:00 pm
(13) Scott S. says:

Hi all,
Hope everyone’s workout and diets are going well. I am a 28 yr old male and for the last month and a half I have been doing the following: As far as food is concerned I have a bowl of cereal (healthy cereal) and a piece of wheat toast for breakfast. Along with that I also take a weight smart one a day vitamin. At 10:00 every day I go work out at the local YMCA. I do 30 minutes on the elliptical with the crossramp at 17 and the resistance at 7. I keep my strides per minute between 132-144. On M,W,F,Su I also do a weight training cicuit called Strive. For lunch I have a sandwhich with no mayo on it and for dinner the same thing. That’s all I eat all day. I also drink tons of water all day as well. In 1 month I don’t know how much I have lost because I am staying off the scale but I sure feel better and look better. This diet is working good and it is one I think I can do for life.

August 28, 2007 at 12:26 am
(14) Ravinder Maan says:

I have been using the elliptical trainer combined with the stepper for about 8 weeks now. My clothes fit me better and have had friends asking what am I doing to loose all this weight. The fact is I haven’t lost any, if at all I’ve put on about a pound or two. Feeling discouraged that I haven’t lost any weight

September 24, 2007 at 6:26 pm
(15) Mary says:

Stop watching the scale! Instead see how your clothes fit on you. I have a cotton shirt (doesn’t stretch) and a pair of khakis that once upon a time used to fit. I put this on every 2 weeks to see if I can get into it… and slowly but surely it’s beginning to fit better and better.

One word of caution is that though exercise and diet is important, I want to stress that people should not “diet” without consulting a doctor or nutritionist. It’s not about dieting but about making the right lifestyle choices. Do you honestly want to just eat frozen lean cuisine meals or sandwiches every day of your life? What if one day you start eating “normally”, then you’ll gain back all the weight you lost on the so called diet. Start by consuming less fatty foods, foods with high sugar contents and toss out all the junk food lurking in the house. Perhaps take a nutrition course to find out what foods are better for you and what portions you should be eating.

If your calorie intake is too low, your metabolism will slow down, and you could easily do more damage than good in the long run. As for how many calories one person can consume per day… it’s different for everyone. Some comments above list what they are eating or the max. calorie count they are consuming, but keep in mind that this is different based on age, gender, height and physical activity. Again, please consult your doctor or nutritionist before beginning any exercise or diets. One final note… not all personal trainers are qualified to tell you what you should or should not eat!

October 11, 2007 at 12:56 pm
(16) Amanda says:

Someone please explain this to me..I’m 27 years old 5’4 and started at a weight of 126..I decided to start going to the gym and start eating healthier foods..I was only drinking water and eating whole grain foods lots of fresh veggies and skinless chicken ..also hitting the gym around 4 times a week…IN A MONTH I GAINED 8 POUNDS!!!!! I STOPPED DRINKING SO MUCH WATER AND GOING TO THE GYM ..I’M BACK DOWN TO 130..SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME..WHY??????

October 15, 2007 at 11:26 am
(17) Brian says:

Amanda,
I have a background in sports nutrition but am not certified yet. There are a things that others have commented on that are happening.

People say to drink lots of water. That’s okay, but in reality, the foods we eat, even cheese, contain water. If you eat fruits and vegetables, you probably get adequate amounts of water. Too much water and you store it in your body or pee it out. As far as whole grain foods…sometimes we think that just because it’s whole grain, it’s better so we eat more of it. Those carbs have to be stored somewhere…they are stored in your body. Some veggies are high in sugar content…again, too much and you store it in your body.
As far as hitting the gym 4 times a week. Just hitting the gym isn’t enough. You’re workouts have to be the right kind with a mix of cardio and strength training.
You need to understand that when you diet, you’re body will resist for a while, maybe a few months, because it thinks you are starving.
Trick your body by eating more frequent meals (6 per day) with smaller portions of healthy foods. Go without carbs for a couple of weeks to get rid of cravings and then ease them back in. Keep portion sizes moderate. Thanks to McD’s, we have to have super-sized meals. We don’t need much to survive.
The weight you gained was probably muscle and you lost that again.
Focus on how you look, how your clothes fit, how you feel and quit looking at the scales.
I,too, battle the weight. I am a 5’5″ male. Two weeks ago I weighed in at 188. I bought a Horizon Elliptical and am doing what I described above. I’ve dropped to 182 (I only know this because the doctor weighed me)and this morning put another notch in my belt. I recommend reading the book “Body for Life”.

October 19, 2007 at 2:52 pm
(18) Amanda says:

Thanks for the advice…it all just seems so frustrating!! I noticed in the past few months..even though I’m not eating or doing anything differently that I’m slowly gaining more and more weight..I guess life is finally catching up with me..but when I do decide to make a change and really dedicate myself to it that the results were just not what I was expecting..last time I was doing cardo for 30 mins and then weights for 30 also I was still putting on the weight..I guess this time I should just do all cardio till I drop a few then start with the weights?? I should probably get myself a personal trainer!!!Ha Ha

October 21, 2007 at 7:52 pm
(19) Greg says:

Some of the advice in here is really scary! There is so much information out there, some of it current some of it out dated. I have seen much of the out dated advice given here as the gospel.

Here is an effort to reienforce some of the good points.

1. A scale by itself is a terrible tool to measure progress. A normal scale doesn’t know the difference between fat, muscle, bone, or water. Consider investing in a Tanita body composition scale. It will provide information on weight, % body fat, hydration levels, and bone mass. Also, a tape measure is another good tool!

2. If you haven’t exercised for quite awhile your might gain weight (muscle) when you first start. Muscle is good, it burns calories. It is okay for your lean mass (muscle) to increase. Don’t worry you won’t become a mass of muscle from following a smart nutrition and exercise plan. Bodybuilders follow exceptional excercise and nutrition plans to look like that.

3. Bill Phillips “Body for Life” and “Eating for Life” are great resources to learn about exercise and nutrition. Also consider using the “Body for Life Success Journal” to increase your chances of success. Be sure to check out the success story on Day 4, she accomplished something amazing!

4. If your calorie intake is to low you are sabotaging yourself.

Find your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), there are plenty of online caluators. Multiply your BMR by your activity level, don’t count your workouts as an activity yet. Add your daily average amount of calories expended working out. Finally, subtract 300 to 600 from that. You now have a daily calorie target for reasonable weight loss. I know it sounds complicated, once again there is information online to help you with this.

5. Keep educating yourself, keep working out. And most importantly Keep motivated! The human mind is capable of producing the most amazing results.

December 10, 2007 at 4:12 pm
(20) Alana Chandler says:

Yes some advice is scary. Eating healthy foods doesn’t always mean they are low in calories or fat either. Avacados, for example, are quite fattening even though they are a veggie!

Here is the easiest medical tool to help everyone: a pound is equal to 3,500 calories. To lose 1 lb. you must eat 500 fewer calories a day–or burn 500 calories more than you normally would per day. If you do both–equalling 1,000 calories a day, you will lose 2 lbs. per week.

The average woman will typically gain 1.5 pounds of muscle per month when they start an exercise program.

Most research has found that those who gain much more are actually eating more without realizing it…for two reasons. Research suggests that in the beginning, exercise increases hunger (thinking the body needs fuel even if it doesn’t due to increased activity and feat/famine), and, secondly, that people justify eating more because they are working out. (“I workout now so I can have this bagel half”…not thinking that it just cancelled out your entire workout)

I suggest investing in a heart rate monitor (I personally recommend Polar…but there are many) which will track exactly YOUR heart rate programmed to your height and weight. AND EXACTLY how many calories you burned–and will tell you to workout harder if you aren’t in your target fat loss zone. I work out HARD on my elliptical and burn about 310 cals in a 40 minute time span. However, I am 5’4″ and weigh 138 lbs. If you are heavier, and work out the same rate I do, you’d burn more. If you weigh the same but don’t get your heart rate up to it’s target zone and keep it up for at least 30 minutes…you won’t receive the same results I do even though we are the same size.

If you invest in a heart rate monitor you’ll find it is FAR more accurate than those on the elliptical…and know exactly how you are doing based on YOUR body readings.

If you eat too little, you will slow your progress.

( I need to eat 1,500 cals a day for ultimate success. I don’t see weight loss if I indulge.)

6 small meals are ideal.

Muscle gain helps you burn more calories at rest and during sleep than you would otherwise…so it’s important. Too little food, and you’ll burn muscle.

A good rule of thumb for lowfat foods (equally important) that’s easy to remember is 3 grams of fat per every 100 calories. (and check number of servings on all nutritional info…one box or can doesn’t mean one serving always!)

The elliptical IS BOTH strength training AND cardio. It is the ONLY really good machine that is…and it is the only one that works every muscle in your bod if you use it aptly. So it should be your very best bet, based on all current research (and I study study study all current expert research) for weight loss and toning. This is IF you are working out at your target rate. (you can find out more about target heart rates online)

You actually should try to reach for 5 workouts at anywhere from 40-60 minutes per day per week. Current opinion shows that you can gain the same benefit from 2 20-minute workouts per day (breaking it up)–and some say even have a better advantage to your metabolism in doing so.

My training on my heart rate monitor (which has been perfect) has my plan at 5 workouts burning a total of just over 1,500 calories at 3.05 hours per week. I meet this goal every week and have great results.

Make sure you are working up a REAL sweat, keeping your heart rate up in your target zone, and limiting your calories. It’s not magic..it is science. You HAVE to lose.

Finally, limit your salt…you’ll retain water, among other things…and drink, drink, drink water…it increases your metabolism and fuels your muscles to work harder. Keep water ON your elliptical. It’s really difficult to drink too MUCH water. It’s really really easy to drink too little!

(Also, make sure your stride is set for your body on your elliptical. a stride of 22 is typically ideal for someone under 5’5″)

I love my SportsArt elliptical! Good Luck on yours–whatever it may be–hang in there!

December 11, 2007 at 12:53 pm
(21) meg says:

I am a personal trainer,and yes you can loose some weight on the elliptical.Its also very low impact on the knees.I highly recommend this machinist also good for people just starting to work out.,The key is to switching up cardio,and add a weight training program.Remember burn more calories than you consume and you will loose weight

January 14, 2008 at 6:13 am
(22) Deepak says:

I am 21 and I had a heel injury in both my heels about two years ago. I am still recovering from the injury. I am using customised insoles and shoes to recover. Because of this, I have not been able to exercise or use machines like treadmill. Because of that I have gained some weight. I have been using my exercise bike to lose weight but to no avail. I am thinking of using an elliptical trainer, but I am not sure whether it will be of any impact to my heel. If it is a low impact machine, then I will be able to use elliptical machine to exercise, lose weight and feel better. Could anyone advise me whether I can use the elliptical machine while I am still recovering from a heelpad injury. Thanks.

January 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm
(23) Melinda says:

I have been working out on the elliptical 5-6 days a week for 30-40 minutes a day (incl. cool down). I have also been doing occasional crunches and have been doing a 20 minute weight/exercise video about 3 times a week. I am eating Lean Cuisines and drinking slim fast and completely watching portions and fat. After 6 weeks I have only lost 5 lbs but I have seen a small improvement. It was discouraging not to have the instant change but the key is to stick with it no matter what the scale tells you. Because no matter what it says, you’re better off than you would be if you gave up and went to McDonalds!

March 4, 2008 at 7:06 pm
(24) Jen says:

I use my elliptical 5 days a week, 40-60 minutes a day, and for those of us who have kids its not easy to get the time. dont give up i’m sure you’ll lose weight if you stick to it. you dont have to go on a diet. they DONT work. if they do then why are there so many of them?

April 28, 2008 at 11:41 pm
(25) CJ says:

I have been using the elliptical 3-4 times a week at about 30-40 minutes each time. I have been watching my intake (eat egg whites in the morning, you’ll eat less throughout the day). Also, eat a small dinner. I have been doing this for nine days and have already lost 78lbs! Just cut back on portions and you’ll start to see results.

April 28, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(26) CJ says:

(I meant 8lbs).

April 29, 2008 at 10:19 am
(27) Jenn says:

I’ve been working out with the pre-set weightloss course on the elliptical at my University gym. I do 30-40 minutes and try to stay within a range of 150-170 strides per minute. After my cardio on the elliptical, I do about 20 minutes of free weights. I do this just about everyday, but I don’t hate myself if I can’t find the time…definitely 5-6 times per week. I am about 5’6 and 175lbs, but I didn’t really start doing this for weightloss as much as toning and feeling better. Both of those goals are being realized after three weeks. I am DEFINITELY toning and my clothes fit much better, my skin is brighter and my face is thinner. I have to admit, I am becoming addicted to the way I feel working out on the elliptical and eating fresh, whole foods. Which personally, I believe is better than being addicted to wings and beer! Like I said, I’m not necessarily watching the pounds, but I’ve lost about 4 after three weeks. This seems really moderate and healthy to me, so I’ve set a goal of 40lbs in one year. I am totally convinced that the only way to get in shape or lose weight is by gradually settling into these lifestyle changes!!! Thank God for the elliptical!

April 30, 2008 at 2:28 am
(28) Maria says:

I use the eliptical trainer an hour every day, I burn 779 calories per work out on cross trainer setting at level 8, which equals 11,500 steps. I’m a figure/bodybuilding gal. If you only perform cardio, it takes your body 20-25 minutes to get into fat burning mode, so it’s essential to do a 45-60 minute cardio session. If you’re only doing 20 minutes you haven’t achieved fat burning mode. If you want to change the way your body looks, weight training is the only way you will achieve this. Endless cardio never changes anything and your body will platue after 12 weeks. Muscle weighs more than fat, stay off the scale and measure yourself(arm, thigh, calve,waist, hips) every week, or have your body fat checked to verify your goals. Drink at least half your body weight in water and make a 500 calorie deficit from your regular caloric intake. It took a long time to put weight on, it takes disipline and healthy habits to slim down,(no more excuses). Have fun while working out, change things up like jumping rope and doing push ups, going outside for cardio. It’s not a death sentence it’s a mood stabilizer and its good for you, enjoy.

May 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm
(29) Cat says:

The investment in an eliptical was the best money I’ve ever spent! I recently started using it along with Weight Watchers (counting points). At first I wasn’t seeing any progress. All of a sudden the scale started moving. A physical therapist told me that the muscles I was building in the beginning were starting to pay off and helping me lose weight. I’m also eating the right amount of food — not starving myself to lose it quicker! I’m in my early 50′s, 5’4″ and 160 lbs. I walk for 30 minutes on the treadmill, do 25 minutes on the eliptical and another 15-30 minutes on a bike (all in my home gym). A recent shoulder injury has me sidelined from lifting weights). I try to do this routine 6 days a week over the course of the day (not all together). I’m now only 10 lbs away from my healthy goal. I wouldn’t trade this eliptical for anything!

July 6, 2008 at 12:51 am
(30) AC says:

Speaking from personal experience, it is NOT a good idea to lose weight purely through calorie reduction and cardio, you really should also do weights 3 days a week, and exercise all your muscle groups. I did mostly cardio, lost about 70 lbs in 5 months, but my metabolism got killed and I’ve been fighting to keep it off ever since. If I had to do it all over again I would have done a lot more weightlifting.

July 14, 2008 at 12:33 am
(31) Gil says:

Losing weight on an Elliptical? Probably depends on how long you do it…I bought a Lifefitness that has 20 levels and use for 1 hour daily at level 18-17 and haven’t seen any results…been eating several times a day like they recommend and no junk food at all.
I’m starting to think it’s more of a myth; you do sweat pretty good though. The only way I could lose weight was riding a bicycle for aprox 100 miles on the weekends and about 50 miles total on the weekdays but I don’t have that kind of time now and at 300 lbs I may flatten the tires LOL…Good luck in your quest as I know it can be totally frustrating.

August 8, 2008 at 10:53 am
(32) Rachel says:

I’ve been working out using an elliptical for 6 months now and i actually gained weight in the beginning. But fortunately it was all muscle!! Friends started telling me i looked great and a few months later im in great shape (down 2 dress sizes)! I havent really been dieting. I go on the elliptical for an hour a day on the fat burning level and go as hard as i can for an hour. My arms are even getting toned!!Don’t give up! I’m also not experiencing any back pain like i had with previous work out plans! If you have patience and put in the effort ellipticles are great!

August 30, 2008 at 5:02 am
(33) allison says:

hello everyone i need some advice. im a 17 year old girl who is 4 feet and 10 inches tall and I weight about 104 pounds. I’m aiming to lose another 10 pounds by using the elliptical machine. I used to be 56kg but now I’m 47kg which is 104 pounds.

My diet by far is quite healthy so I just need to exercise. I’m thinking of using the elliptical machine for about an hour everyday. Does that sound okay?

September 4, 2008 at 7:21 pm
(34) Me says:

I have diligently used my elliptical since May of this year. I also stopped eating fast food- except chinese- and cut out red meat. I do 1 hour and 40 minutes three times a week. I started at 252 in May and I am now 199. AWESOME. Yes all with an elliptica. I used to use a teadmill, but this kills your knees ,but you do lose wight faster. The elliptical hurts my spine by my neck after and hour so maybe don’t do more than an hour… Good luck

October 7, 2008 at 11:38 pm
(35) Gusta says:

I have been going to the gym for the last 8 weeks and have found that I most enjoy the ellipitical.

I go 5x a week and my work out is 62 minutes (the last 2 minutes as a cool down). I have not noticed weight loss as of yet but don’t expect to.

It is a process.

What is most important is how I feel… and I feel AMAZING. My clothes are slowly starting to fit better but really – I don’t expect to see results for another couple of months.

You have to gain muscle to burn the fat faster. Duh. It takes time.

Anyone expecting to have overnight results needs a reality check. Instant Gratification is for suckers.

November 9, 2008 at 4:40 am
(36) Burgash says:

Hello

I just bought an ellipitical about three weeks ago and it was the best choice I have ever made! I have been biking to and from work for about six months now and seen some results in my legs, but still not enough. Adding the ellipitical has really made me feel better and more positive. I set it up so I can use it in front of the tv or in the sun room, either way it is sooooo easy to hop on it every morning and excercise for 40 minutes. After this I shower,get ready and head to work(on my bike for 25 minutes). I feel better, look better and can,t wait to see this difference two more months will make..Cheers..Burgash

April 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm
(37) cheryl says:

I was told that just because you go fast and for a long period of time on this machine you will not see results, you have to make sure your targeted heart rate is at what it should be..mine is supposed to be 117, and that is what I keep it at and I can already see results and I just started 2 weeks ago..

May 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(38) ash says:

i most def think the elliptical is a great way to go…i myself never really lost more then 15 lbs…after that it stayed constant but i did keep losing inches. i go for about 6 miles at about 8 to 9 mph. and after i’m usually drenched..then i go lift weights. its one of the best excercise machines. i love it

May 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(39) nat says:

I lost 45lbs by working out 5 days a week, eating cereal for breakfast, small fruit snacks during the day, tuna salad for dinner. Before the gym I’d get a nutritional shake. I did spin classes twice a week and the rest of the week I did the elliptical trainer for 10mins, then light circut weights at a high repitition for different areas of the body (depending on the day) arms, chest ect…then back on the elliptical for another 20-25mins with intervals of resistance. Also, I reccommend keeping your heart rate at a cardio level and make sure you’re sweating and pushing yourself to a safe area.
I also carried a 2L bottle of water with me to the gym that I would finish off twice, once while at the gym and once after.
If you are just starting to get into shape don’t push too hard or you’ll not want to continue. I started with 10mins cardio on elliptical and built up to 30mins in the same week.
hope this helps.

June 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(40) Matia says:

I have been using my elliptiacl for about 8 months now, and I have lost 45 pounds!!!.
I eat very healthy. I eat about 7 times a day, all small amounts….and mainly healthy foods. I drink lots of water and no carbonated driks at all. I go on my elliptical about 5-6 times a weeks for 30 minutes at a time. I love the elliptical!!!
It really does work!!! If you combine good eating habits and a 15-20 minutes of excersize daily, you will surely lose weight!!!
Good luck!!! If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to help!!!

-Maria

June 17, 2009 at 7:01 am
(41) Rafael says:

People,
Treadmills, elliptical, bikes etc. they all work, but it is all about the combination of exercise (cardio and resistance training), good eating habits (not dieting) and meal frequency. Eating one or two bananas, a bagel and an orange during a whole day is a capital sin, your body requires much more than that, if that is all you are eating and is working out for you, then great, but it won’t be long before you go to a halt due to being undernourished. With my busy work schedule I workout six times a week, and for cardio all I use is an elliptical. I am 5’10″ and weight 195 lbs an manage to keep my body fat at 7% by using an elliptical machine. As long as you train with high intensity you should be good (for me 75% to 85% of my EMHR) that is 150 to 165 BPM. For those of you that are looking for nutritional and exercise education or knowledge, I recommend Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle e-book. I have been following his guidelines and motivational literature and I went from 218 lbs at 19% body fat to 195 at 7% body fat. If think I am lying contact me at my e-mail rafael0225@hotmail.com and I will be happy to tell you about it.

June 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(42) Shawn says:

I just purchased an eliptical machine. I read all the comments about people exercising on the eliptical for 30min-1 hour. How????? I can barely make it 15 min and I have to take several breaks. I have been exercising for about 3 months now. I have the pilates machine, I do floor pilates, I walk the treadmill, I do light strength training and have been riding a stationary bike. I also suffer from fibromyalgia, but I have conquered these other exercises and am feeling better. Why can I not conquer this eliptical?

June 27, 2009 at 1:00 am
(43) Martha says:

I just bought an elliptical too. I have not really exercised in years and so am starting slowly. I am following a 12 week schedule designed for beginning walkers at thewalkingsite.com/12week.html. I am splitting the daily walks into 2 equal periods on the elliptical. I am using a chest strap heart rate monitor to ensure that I make the most of my workouts. After only a week and a half, it’s too early to see any changes in my body, but I do feel better and stronger. I will slowly be building up to two 20 minute sessions per day, 6 days per week. For me, I find it beneficial to write my goals down and track my progress. You can download a printable weekly walking log at walking.about.com/library/cal/weeklycal.pdf.

July 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(44) sab says:

I am 26, Male. started exercizing on June 1st.
Srated at 277 Lbs today Julay July 1st, I am 254 So I losy 23 pounds in 1 Month. I dont know how healthy it is, truely I dontcare.

what I hve been doing:
1. 15 minutes of weight training
2. 30-35 min of elliptical

Thats it for exercize

Food:

3 meals a day (Cheat atleast 2 – 3 times a week) . If you have an Iphone I recommed downloading an app called WeightIt right now.

Meals healthy try to be under 1800 Cals.

July 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm
(45) Ian says:

You all talking about counting calories in what you are and eating “Lean Cusines” but not seeing results need to take a moment to read this.

What you eat is extremely important and you do HAVE to eat. You need to watch anything with the word “refined in the ingredients” or high fructose corn syrup and other synthetic sugars. Processed foods are another no,no.

To gain maximum results, it’s extremely important to read ingredients before you buy food. Avoid the middle aisles in the grocery store and shop primarily in the produce section with some lean chicken or some fish. Make sure that you space out meals and eat 5-6 times a day, smaller portions than you normally would. You will stay full throughout the day rather than gorging yourself. Eating this way will also keep you metabolism running all day and at a higher level if you work out.

Most importantly, it’s easy to cheat whether it be the Reeses Peanut Butter cup impulse buy or the donuts co-workers bring in on snack day. Snack on nuts, hummus, raw veggies with some type of dressing, etc. You are not helping your overall desired health by not providing your body the fuel it needs.

I can gauruntee that #4, Stacie Sampson’s eating habits with the workout she does are ABSOLUTELY not healthy. Acheiving weight loss by not eating and then overworking it at the gym is asking for serious health trouble. Your body needs nutrients and vitamins which each have a recommended daily amount (look it up).

Most importantly, do research, lots and lots of research. The three most important parts to losing weight and looking good are eating properly (eat throughout the day, read ingerdients, make SMART CHOICES), 2) Exercise (Do only what your body tells you, do not overwork yourself), and 3) stay on track, do research.

August 14, 2009 at 11:46 am
(46) jenny says:

hi,
I have been using ab rocket for 3 1/2 months now, and started using elliptical machine for 2 months now. I am also on a strict diet. I use ab rocket and elliptical machine twice daily. Is this enough to lose weight or should i be doing other exercise too?

August 19, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(47) Nini1966 says:

First Im 42yr old mom 5’7″ was 194lb Now 190lbs.
After 4weeks …..
Ok Well ive been working out for 5 weeks on the elliptical its great. The first couple of weeks I didnt lose any weight but I felt really good after every workout. I workout M-F on the elliptical by the fourth week ive lost 4 lbs. I workout 30mins in the morning and 15mins at lunch. Im up to level 4-5.
Ive been eating the same things just smaller portions. I keep a bag of cheerio lowfat/low calories on my desk and when I feel hungry if its not time for me to eat I snack on those. I feel alot better. Im started a 100day challenge to workout 100 days in a row. Yes its hard some days you dont feel like doing it but if you really want something bad enough you go after it right… Well thats what im doing. The only way to lose weight is to want it bad enough…Then have someone to help you stay motivated…Remember to keep in your mind…. I CAN AND WILL DO THIS… it helps to have someone to keep you motivated…Im from Ga and I found a friend in TX online and we keep each other motivated. The key do give up know matter what…

August 22, 2009 at 12:38 am
(48) ANNA says:

I am 21 years old and started to work out 6 times a day at the gym. normally i run 5 miles a day which takes me about 45 minutes, on level 9 on the manual option and at 6.2 mph on average. i also do some weights and stairmaster. in 3 weeks i have lost 8 lbs and counting. i severely cut my calorie intake, and stick to drinking just water. it works, all it takes is cinsistancy and you have nothing to lose but weight! =)

August 25, 2009 at 9:57 am
(49) docarzt says:

gosh, most of you people aren’t even overweight. If you are 120 pounds its going to take a cutting diet to get any skinnier. 120 is a pretty healthy weight for just about any frame size for a female, if you are going for ‘the look’ you need to focus on composition.

October 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm
(50) Lisa says:

Always remember that muscle weighs more than fat. So you all my not be losing pounds(on ths scale)but gaining muscle…Forget about scales , try measuring yourself and also the fitting of your clothes…are they loser? Just never give up!!

October 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm
(51) ashley says:

I have been using ab rocket and elliptical machine for more than 3 months now, and i watch out what i eat as well. I feel like im not doing enough exercise to lose weight, should i consider going to gym or other types of exercise? everyone around me sees the difference in my body but i dont feel it. is this enough or should be doing more exercise?

October 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm
(52) Nini1966 says:

Well I decided to come back and post. I started July 20th 2009 to lose weight. Starting weight 194 as ive already posted here once before. Ive still been using the ellipitcal machine almost everyday Mon – Fri. My weight now is at 182 yep 182 lbs I feel great. All I do is the ellipital and cool down on exercise bike …oh yeah and watch my calorie intake. My goal weight is somewhere between 145-155 lbs. DONT GIVE UP>>>>

October 21, 2009 at 10:49 am
(53) Jersey says:

I just wanted to say that for all those who exercise, doing the 30 minutes on an elliptical is easy when already in some shape. The elliptical is one of the hardest machines because it targets your whole body. I have muscular legs to begin with but the first time I ever got on an elliptical was in the gym and OMG — after 3 minutes I thought I was going to die!!! For beginners or someone out of shape, start off with 5 minutes and build yourself up after that. 5 minutes isn’t a LONG time, agree, but it’s about starting off and staying with it. Also for those who are eating properly — protein and such, try exercising on an empty stomach — first thing in the morning. Don’t eat a whole meal and then immediately exrcise. but know yourself too. I took a class in college that was a mix of running, lifting, swimming and they taught us what to eat. I have all the tools, just need the momentum and the consistency. I break up the exercise — I do it in the morning after getting my son on the bus and then at night. I have the iPod going and I watch TV to take my mind off what I’m actually doing so I can do it longer.

October 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm
(54) Beliss says:

I’m thinking people aren’t reading all the comments before posting stuff like “I barely eat” or “very strict diet”. Okay folks, FOOD is one of the main things that you can use to CONTROL your body. The food you put into it determines what you get out. Meaning, if you don’t fuel your tank, you aren’t going far. You could eat CONSTANTLY alllll day (considering you’re eating healthy foods in a balanced diet) and lose MORE WEIGHT than someone who eats only a bagel and a glass of orange juice and two bananas.

You’re shutting down your body when you don’t eat enough. This means NONE of your systems will work properly and most importantly it affects your heart and immunity. If you lose the support of those two systems, you will DIE.

Sorry to be over dramatic… but folks should know! Here are just a few tips

Eat MEAT — Fresh from the butcher section of your grocer. Avoid processed meats which you will find in frozen dinners. The preseratives are NOT GOOD for you!!! PROTEIN!

Eat your VEGGIES – either raw or steamed is the best. Throw em on the grill if you must… JUST EAT THEM. If you do not like veggies and/or are a finicky eater… you need a supplement.

Eat your FRUIT, DAIRY, and GRAINS.

Do NOT eliminate carbs w/ these new low-carb diet fads. Low or no carb diets will NEVER work for long-term weight loss. Carbs are what give you energy. If you are working out, then, a few slices of bread a day won’t kill you!

Understand the importance of balance. If you slip up and have some candy or french fries, don’t beat yourself up about it. NO BIG DEAL.

And wouldn’t you agree that you have a lot of OTHER things to worry about in life? Another easy way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to be active in general. Want to go out w/ your friends to (just for an example) the beach or the park? Skip the gym and take the volleyball net w/ ya… plain and simple.

Fear Marketing is creating an overly obsessive behavior in society. If you fall in the “obeses I, II, III” categories, then, you should definitely be concerned. Being slightly “overweight” for your height by 5 pounds will NOT kill you.

The key to health is maintaining a healthy lifestyle of being active and keeping your body working in sync. Dieting and extreme exercising methods through off the balance!

October 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(55) rashmi says:

Hi guys,
I just bought an elliptical trainer.. but didnt get any weight loss program in the manual.it would be great if someone could guide me to just loose weight and look slim. *** i dont want to gain muscle”" i am 23 year old,5’4” and 140 lbs.. my target is to loose 10 lbs by the end of this year

is it true that if we increase the inclination and decrease the resistance we can loose weight and not gain muscle..
please respond and share your sucess stories..

October 26, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(56) Nicole says:

“muscle weighs more the fat”?? come on people, 1 lb of fat and 1lb of muscle is exactly 1lb of each the muscle may just take up less of a space! its not like 1lb of fat compared to the same amount of muscle will be 5lbs of muscle! It all weighs the same 2lbs is 2lbs 3 is 3, the only difference is that it takes muscle and a good healthy eating habbit to burn that fat! its really that simple exercise and eat healthy and stay off that scale and you will see amazing results! It may not be seeing 40lbs shed off but everything firming up and your clothes fitting so much better and actually feeling healthy! And that eliptical is AMAZING!!

October 31, 2009 at 12:29 pm
(57) Misty says:

I use an elliptical 7 days a week for 40 minutes a time on low resistance. In 4 months, I have lost 25 lbs and went from a size 16 to a 10. I try to eat healthy meals and snacks and only drink water. This is a great machine for burning calories.

November 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm
(58) Lindsey says:

I’m 24 5’2 and embarrassingly overweight, I’ve been watching what I eat for the past 2 months and going to the gym 3-6 days a week and doing cardio between 45-60 min , I started using the elliptical about 2 weeks ago and I’ve lost 10lbs so far and have lost a total of 22lbs =) I also have noticed a huge difference in my legs they are much firmer as well as my arms, the other day I even started feeling a burn in my abs and my pants fit like they should and some are starting to get to big! I LOVE THIS MACHINE, it is a god send.

November 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm
(59) joe day says:

ABSOLUTELY!!! I am in the army and i used this machine after i broke my foot in Iraq and I guarantee if you use an elliptical machine you will lose weight whether you do a program or not just spending 30 minutes a day you will drop weight quickly and of course diet will help

December 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm
(60) Janet V says:

Working with a personal trainer and begin my work-out on the Elliptical each session for 10 minutes and then a combo of cardio and weights. Definately feel the burn in the butt on the elliptical. My only issue is that I can’t find a comfortable position for my arms..only 5’3 and most of the handles are very high and it is hard to stand up straight for too long. My goal is not based on a number on the scale but remaining healthy.

December 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(61) bradBrad Z says:

Lots of good advice… Can we all agree that the correct spelling is lose though, not loose? I did a “find all” and it was misspelled 9 times… Yes Ferris… 9 times.

Sorry, I’m not sure why that bothers me so much.

December 21, 2009 at 1:10 am
(62) Lisa says:

i love the elliptical! it allows more calories being burned in less time. I am on weight watchers and work out 4 times a week at least and take a prenatal vitamin (the best vitamin a woman can take). I feel great, have lost 30 lbs. in just 4 months and am fitting into clothes i wore in high school. Don’t give up, no one ever said that it was easy but the results are rewarding. Good luck and God bless!

December 24, 2009 at 9:55 am
(63) Gigi says:

bradBrad… I am LMAO. I thought the same thing. It gets under my skin also.

January 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm
(64) trish says:

i just started using elliptical now..i was 100 and 120 and now im 130lbs..its hard to lose weight…so frustrating…my life is so full of stress now and everytime im stressed i just eat..and i eat when im bored as well…
how can i stay away from food? i dont know why i eat when im bored… hopefully i will go back to 100pounds..by eating healthy and exercising regulary..
i walk 15 mintutes a day… and go on elliptical at least half an hour a day..is that good enough to lose weight? what are other exercises i should be doing?

January 16, 2010 at 12:58 am
(65) Michelle says:

I am a young 41 year old female. I had a foot injury and I have gained 22 pounds in just 2 years! I not a stranger to the gym, life just got busier, anyway I love to walk, but it is very cold out and I work late so I rarely have time to get to the YMCA when they are open. I know that weight training is just as important as cardio if not more important. So I am going to invest in putting a mono gym in my home. Space is not an issue- money is so I want bang for my buck ! Anyone have suggestions on the moat important equipment to start with? Any brand name or models?
Thanks in advance!
St. Louis – dental hygienist

January 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(66) Michelle says:

Okay wow I had some spelling errors. I am not a stranger to the gym and I am putting in a home gym, not to be confused with a mono gum lol! Anyway I am still looking for a great elliptical machine I an 5 foot 5 inches tall . I am curious about the length of stride that I may need.
Tonya stl Rdh

January 18, 2010 at 10:04 am
(67) tanya says:

I have been working out for 2 months now. Doing the elliptical, cardio workouts-which very in time, walking on the treadmill and lifting free weights. All on different days. But still have not lost any weight. I feel like im toning in my arms and legs but not in the stomach area. Actually i think im gaining in that area. Why is this?

January 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(68) Alvar says:

I went all over the Internet before I started exercising looking for an answer to this question and not having found an answer, I just decided to start: 30 minutes on the elliptical, at a moderate to fast pace, for 5 days a week — drinking lots of water to replenish and resting on Saturdays and Sundays. The first week I lost no weight. I actually gained. But after the second week it started coming off. It’s been a month and a half and I am 13 pounds lighter! I continue to lose weight every week. I have also started watching what I eat and especially HOW MUCH I eat. So the answer is, yes, the elliptical machines can be very effective in helping you lose weight, but they’re part of a bigger picture. Get started, stick with it and go on your way to a new life!

January 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(69) tim says:

I have a cheap elipicle from k mart, but it has good resistance and i few good programs on it. You don’t need anyting too fancy to work. I have been training for 5-6 weeks now. I do 20 min on the elipticle 3-4 times a week. And I work out with free weights for about 30-40 min 4-5 times a week. I also quit drinking pop, replacing it with water. Cut way down on carbs and am taking in alot of protein. I see a huge difference all ready and the scale has moved from 234lbs. to 221lbs. A 13 lb. reduction in 5-6 weeks. I expect that in 2 months I will weigh 205. Once i am at 205 I will not lose more weight. Instead I will focus on packing on lean muscle. Which I am doing now, but losing weight too. My goal is 5’10 inches 205-210 lbs. with low body fat. My advice to anyone who never lost weight is to A. Lift weights and do cardio B. Cut carbs and drink water. C. Don’t do a program that you don’t see yourself sticking with. A crash diet wont work. You will just pig out when it is over.

February 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(70) Mallory says:

I am 20 years old and i was always 110 to 105 i gained over 20lbs this summer and got stech marks on my legs and very depressed now i joined the gym but didnt start to really go till a week ago. how can i lose my weight before summer and make make my stech marks go away? someone please help!!!!! thanks :(

February 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(71) Wil says:

I’m a 37 year old male 5’11. I use the elliptical machine 5 to 6 times a week around 30mins to 60mins each session. I also eat several times a day and watch what I eat. When I’m on the machine I use the Fat Loss mode which keeps your heart rate at the recommend rate to burn fat. When I started I weighed 262 now after 5 weeks I’m down to 246. My goal is around 200. I look and feel good. I admit I do splurge at least one day week. I have to have a greasy burger or slice of pie. Also, I have stopped drinking soda period. I only drink tea and water. It’s possible and does take some time so good luck to you all.

February 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(72) Cat says:

Is it better to try to stay on the elliptical longer at a low resistance or work harder and not stay on so long?

February 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(73) elaine says:

on a protein diet and walking 6km in 1 hr 5days p/w, i was losing 2pounds p/w. i stopped walking and took up the elipitical on its 20m program 4 days p/w. i feel im pushing myself harder but i havent weighed myself as i fear ill be heavier but i can tell im slowly getting in shape. i will increase to 40m, it’ll be hard for a few days but it makes you stronger and indurance becomes easier.

March 15, 2010 at 6:18 am
(74) R says:

Exercise.
Find a diet that you can stick to.

March 15, 2010 at 6:22 am
(75) R says:

Do Elliptical Trainers Help You Lose Weight?-Yes they do.
Also work out with other weight machines at the Gym.
Or buy your own one that works all your body part’s.
Dummbell’s- 5 to 10 pound.Lunges work for cardio.
Plank- Core.Prone Cobra exercise for your core.

March 25, 2010 at 11:14 am
(76) Heather says:

I am a 30 year old female, and in the last 9 weeks I have lost 27 lbs. I started at 169 lbs, and I’m 5′ 3″. I am now 142 lbs. I do more then just the elpitical. I watch what I eat, I drink about 8-10 bottles off water a day, and I do weight training exercises and other cardio exercises about 5 to 6 days a week. You can’t just rely on one thing to help you lose weight. I don’t drink soda anymore cuz of the empty calories. I make sure I take vitamins every morning. I have found that it is okay to allow yourself to splurge maybe one day a week if you are maintaining a healthy diet and exercising. My goal is to lose about another 17 lbs. I’m in no hurry to do it either. I feel so much better about myself now. Good luck to everyone out there. Losing weight is so hard. I’ve had problems with my weight since I had my youngest child 3 years ago, but this is the year I’m going to get it under control. :)

April 10, 2010 at 1:08 am
(77) mcalpinegypsy says:

I have been using the eliliptical for the past 5 weeks. I have been obese all my life and at 39 and cronic back issues from the time I was young I was looking for something that I could do that would not cause overwelming pain. Even when I was young the Doctors have told me that all I needed to do was lose weight and I would not experience as much pain. But I have scholiosis and a leg discrepency so even walking has been very painful and hard to do. When I first started using the elliptical I could only manage 5 minutes and have been slowly increasing the time that I spend. after 5 weeks I am now spending 48 mins on the elliptical I still feel alot of pain while walking and doing other types of exercise but feel that the elliptical is indeed a GOD SEND as it is more comfortable to use and I have seen some weight loss.

May 2, 2010 at 8:31 am
(78) Alan says:

Simplify Simplify guys!!

Combine eliptical training ( cardio) together with weights and a good diet and you know what…you lose weight. Dont overthink, overanalyse. Some swimming and/or walking thrown in the mix is good as well

May 5, 2010 at 10:37 am
(79) Shelly says:

To the person who said avocados are fattening…just because something has fat, doesn’t mean it is fattening. I lost 100lb while eating an avocado or two every day. The fat in avocados is healthy. Guess what, you need health fats in your diet! Also, avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.

May 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(80) Mark says:

I have a nordictrac elliptical, very low impact and ive doing it for 2 months now. Ive lost 14.7 pounds and the best part is that only 1Lb of it muscle and rest was fat!! I drink 6-7 quarts of water a day and i eat 1 meal a day and one hour after that meal i workout for 45min with a programmed workout. I do eat very light during day. Fruit smoothies with unsweetened frozen fruit,ice,cup of milk,cup of low fat vanilla yogurt,whey vanilla protien powder, ITS AWESOME!

May 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(81) Rob says:

With any form of calorie burning exercise, you are going to lose some weight if you don’t increase your calories so much that it offsets the reduction. Keep in mind, you will gain some weight in muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. The key is not so much to lose weight, but to keep a healthy and active body.

Elliptical Trainer Guide

May 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
(82) donnatello says:

I have just started back on my elliptical and in just two days at 20 minutes, I have noticed my energy level has increased and muscles are beginning to tone. I have changed to a healthier diet for the past 3 weeks and have increasing my activity level by walking and Frisbee throwing with my husband. The main thing to keep in mind when starting an exercise regimine is to pay yourself first by doing your work out first thing in the morning per my doctor’s advice. It jumpstarts your metabolism and you’ll feel better the rest of the day. If you wait until the end of the day to get your workout in, you may decide you’re too tired, have other things that come up, etc and your workout is the first thing you let slide. Another thing—1 lb of fat is the same as 1 lb of muscle. It’s like comparing 1 lb of feathers to 1 lb of lead. They weigh the same but the lead takes up a lot less space, because it is more dense. So, as your fat burns away and you muscle mass increases, the muscle (lead) will take up less space than the fat (feathers).

We have a competition at my work place. Everyone put $100 in the pot and there are 14 of us. Whomever has lost the biggest percentage of weight after a 4 month period, that person wins the entire $1400. I started out at almost 175 lbs at 5’4″ and 49 yrs old. With some minor diet changes and increased activity, I have already lost 2.5 lbs over the past 3 wks. My goal is to lose 20% at the end of the competition which equals 35 lbs. I’m on my way.

I appreciate all the advice on here. It has helped me to realize what I need to incorporate in my daily routine to up my calorie burn in order to reach my goal sooner. Best of luck to all of you. Be smart and feel great in the process!

June 16, 2010 at 1:21 am
(83) ritzee says:

hello every 1 , i have purchased an elliptical machine which has 6kg fly wheel which results in to low stride, i want to ask will this machine work on my body , glutes & quads ?? plz tell me . more over my problem is i cant afford an expensive elliptical i bought this 1 for 13500 rs. i wana lose 2 to 3 inches from each body stat ( current stats – 33 – 27 – 29- 36)

June 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(84) Jingle says:

I am tired of all you pessimist people out there who keep complaining they don’t lose weight and say the elliptical doesn’t help. What I have to say to you is: you are probably a bunch of fat people pretending to be skinny on the internet when what you really eat is pizza and mcdonnalds and hamburgers all day long (how do you expect to lose any weight eating like this and doing but one hour of exercise a day.) Bunch of fatties!

June 28, 2010 at 4:53 am
(85) Trinna says:

Well Jingle, from what I can see, you are the worst of all the “pessimists.” These people, whether or not eating knowledgeably, are trying, and do not need discouraging words such as yours. And if these people frustrate you so bad, why even bother reading these forums? Clearly your interest is not in helping.
With that said, I train on the eliptical 4-5 days a week for between 25 and 40 min, and feel great. My knees don’t hurt, my belt has gone down two notches this month, and over time, will lose enough pounds/inches to be at my ideal and healthy weight within this year.
Thumbs up to all of you trying to better your life. Just be sure to do it with balanced nutrition and water :)

June 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(86) ritzee says:

hi trinna could u plz answer my question post number 83. plzzz

July 7, 2010 at 1:45 am
(87) luv 2 tan says:

I HAVE ADVICE…After reading this forum! I am 28 years old and KNOW ALL ABOUT FITNESS! I know all about the struggles of losing weight.

I was very ill and in LESS than 2 years I gained over 70 lbs. NO ONE not even my own sister could recognize me.

I had always ALWAYS always been physically fit, worked out like a DOG, and coached several sports.

SOOOOO….When I got the OK’ I just assumed that I would be “my old self again” and could work out…NOT AT ALL!

I went against my own husbands advice and went to see my cosmetic surgeon…wanting MAJOR work done. TO MY SURPRISE my surgeon REFUSED!!!! He suggested the ELLIPTICAL, sensible diet, and to work myself GENTLY back into my old excercise routein…

I bought my elliptical, DID NOT use it AT ALL, because it honestly KILLED my legs and hips {which was WHY my surgeon had recommended it}…

I went to a family Christmas gathering, seen my sister, and she COULD NOT recognize me…the EXTRA 70lbs changed my ENTIRE appearance… I KNOW that there was some WHISPERING and finger pointing!!!!!!

So I decided to actually USE the elliptical, and TRUST ME in the beginning it almost killed me, lol. I started SLOW, but tried to make it an everyday GOAL.

I LOST 7 inches in the first month…thats ALOT of jeans sizes! I continuously hit a plateau and was not seeing any improvment, very minor! I decided to change it up a little and do ZUMBA for 7-10 minutes with the elliptical…and THEN I lost 15 lbs immediately. When I didn’t feel like ZUMBA I just added a brisk walk with the elliptical, If I did not feel like walking…I DANCED to whatever was on my ipod for 15-20 with the elliptical….

I didnt really change my diet, I just ate smaller portions, and made sure that whatever I wanted to eat that was HEAVY was ate a few hours BEFORE I worked out…

In appx. 3 1/2 months I have dropped 51 lbs. Your elliptical will certainly TONE your body, and if you add any type of dance or walking to that elliptical workout YOU WILL succeed in whatever your weight loss goals may be!

May GOD Bless ALL of you and may you all succeed with your weight loss.

August 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(88) Mike says:

Hi,

After reading comments, I have add my two cents.

By diet only – vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken – NO FAT, NO SUGAR, NO FLOUR products at all I lost 55 pounds in 4 months. There was no training at all. So anyone having difficulties loosing weight MUST change diet.

I just started gym, It is great ! And I will not change my diet – it fits perfectly. Never again crap / junk food !

August 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(89) angie says:

Ok well yea it’s extremely effective. I was 150 lbs when I began. Then after like 8 months of 30 minute workouts. I lost 30 lbs. I altered my diet by eating 5-7 small meals a day. This speeds the metabolism. And don’t worry the first week to 3 weeks you might not see results. My goal is 115 I have 5 lbs left to go. Good luck <3

September 6, 2010 at 12:21 am
(90) John Marlow says:

I’m using an elliptical to lose weight (and get fit). Running (street or treadmill) is too hard on the knees at my weight, so the elliptical is perfect.

An added plus: using the machine sidesteps such outdoor running hazards as hundred-degree heat, rain/sleet/hail/snow, wayward automobiles, muggers, sociopathic canines and (in southern California, at least) choking smog.

Good luck!

John

September 9, 2010 at 3:23 am
(91) Leah says:

Hi guys,

i was just wondering if elliptical trainers help you loose stomach and back fat?

September 9, 2010 at 3:24 am
(92) Leah says:

Hi guys,

just wondering if the elliptical trainer helps u loose back and stomach fat?

September 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(93) William says:

HI, I am a male 45 years old, I am 5 feet 4 inches, was 170 lbs, now down to 160 lbs, working out on elliptical only the last 3 months. Also watching what I am eating, cut out junk food, only eat it once a week, eat small meals five or six times a day. As for loosing stomach and back fat, that was exactly where I stored it, and my girlfriend cant beleive the difference it has made in my body. The elliptical works great, start off slow, I started off at 15 minutes, now at 40, increased basically one minute every three workouts, dont look at the scale, look at your body, use a measuring tape, and just enjoy how it feels, I now feel like I am 30 again, and its great. I was in a serious accident, and cannot do impact exercises, so this is a God send, as long as you stick it out, it works greats.

October 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm
(94) Paul says:

Hi In 23 male
I’ve been at the Gym for about 6 weeks(4 days a week). I do an hour on the Elliptical and some treadmill for 20-30 min. I still have to get crap food out of my diet but I keep at a intake of 2000 cal. I haven’t real seen any scale lose (don’t know what to trust) but I’ve went from an XL to L shirts and usually wear undershirts now a days.

October 9, 2010 at 4:05 am
(95) Jane says:

Am I expecting too much too soon??
I have been using our cross trainer,religiously, for 2 weeks now: 10 mins before breakfast and 20 mins before dinner at my max heart pulse. I eat a very healthy diet of no more than 1200-1400 cals per day and am active during my daily life. I usually weigh 105 lbs (5′ tall) but today was 107lbs…could this possibly be muscle???!!! I feel no different and look the same…is it too early to see any results? if it is muscle I am gaining, will this eventually burn off any excess fat more quickly? Opinions accepted!

October 9, 2010 at 4:32 am
(96) Jane says:

By the way it is 9.30 am here in Kent, UK I did not send a comment at 4am!!!

October 27, 2010 at 5:13 am
(97) Elliptical user says:

I get it when you say 1lb of fat is equal to 1lb of muscle, and the feathers and lead example makes sense, but how come people gain weight after they start using the elliptical? why is that? do they start retaining more water? ive gained a few pounds while using the elliptical (its been 2 weeks).. im waiting to finally start shedding the pounds now.

October 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(98) Marie says:

Im 18,5’9″,248 lbs(highest weight:259 lbs)
For the last 2 and a half weeks ive been going to the gym,being more active and making healthy food choices and being great with portion control..
using the elliptical 3X a week for 40-60 mins(level 10 fat burner)has helped me lose 3 lbs!(along with some weight training)
my goal is 200 lbs,so,only 48 lbs to go!!haha,anyone have any helpful,healthy tips to help me reach my goal quicker?

October 31, 2010 at 5:06 am
(99) Jane says:

It’s now been 6 weeks of doing 20mins daily as well as leading active family life and always eating healthily…and still no noticable difference!
My husband says he feels more agile and fitter, but neither of us have lost a centimetre!
What I don’t understand is if I am using up 200 cals ontop of my usual expenditure, why am I not losing weight?
I feel good but my clothes are no loser.
Any comments welcome. Thanks

November 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(100) Catherin.bryant@att.net says:

I have an eliptical trainer in my home. I worked out for six months with full committment. I excercised using my eliptical trainer four days a week, and 30 minutes each day. I cut back on my food intake, and occasionally ate what I wanted once a week. I lost a lot of weight and never looked better in all my life. I received a full body tone from head to toe. I was in much better shape at the age of 48 than when I attended High School. I stopped and gained the weight back after six months. Now I am committing my self to my eliptical and dieting again. No other equipment gives you a full body tone other than the eliptical. You don’t have to lift weights, do ab work are any muscle toners. The eliptical does it all for you. It takes approximately 6 months to see the full results, And you will be quite amazed.

November 8, 2010 at 5:52 am
(101) Jane says:

Thank you Catherin…you are saying…just carry on with the routine! I am a petite 106lbs but wish to tone up and yes, maybe lose a couple of lbs, so it will no doubt take a lot longer than someone heavier than me.
We must persevere and not lose hope!

December 15, 2010 at 2:04 am
(102) Andrew says:

I have been doing the elyptical for a month for about an hour a day plus a 5 minute cool down period. I started off at about 188lbs and am now down to 180lbs however I lost most of the weight the first 2 weeks. BTW I am a 5″10 male age 25.

My diet has pretty much the same except I eat more fruit and less dairy the 1 big change I made is that I only drink water (ok I drink a small coffee no sugar with a lil milk in the morning and have a small glass of milk here and there) but by eliminating soda and juice (juice has more calories then soda) I have been able to shave about 400+ calories a day. Think about it (2 cans of soda, a latte and 2 glasses of juice is 700+ calories)! I am trying to do something that I can maintain and keep up and keep doing (I’m not trying to starve myself).

I hope it goes good and one thing that helps me is that when I dont wanna go to the gym I think of how great it will be when I’m back down to 165lbs and I look good naked!!!!

January 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm
(103) Alicia says:

Thank you guys. All of this information is very helpful. I typically hate the machines. The treadmills, elliptical But I know I have to use those machines with a hard cardio regimen. My question is, I was on an elliptical last week and I was going pretty fast and I did not get tired easily. I burned 500 calories! It takes me forever to lose that amount of calories on a treadmill. I just want to know is that accurate? I felt really good after doing it. I just never thought I could burn that much one of those machines. I always do a cardio class, Zumba, step aerobics, and turbo kick. I just thought that was enough..

February 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(104) Lorraine says:

I have been using the elliptical fro three months now and have not dropped any weight or inches, usually do 500 calories on it, watch what i eat as well.
I am postmenopausal and are 51 years old never had problems losing it when I was younger but now, it isn’t coming off.
Any suggestions please, heavy around the hips and tummy.

February 16, 2011 at 9:19 am
(105) ruth carson says:

I am looking for an elliptical cross trainer to help me to tone up, Can anyone recommend one for me? thanks

February 18, 2011 at 3:58 am
(106) Frank says:

WOW! So many misinformed people! For those of you complaining about working out 5-6 days @ around 45 min to an hour and you say you have lost no weight or a few pounds in several weeks or months, I have one word for you, DIET. I can say with 99% conviction your problem is your diet. You THINK your eating healthy but obviously you are not.You have to keep an eye on EXACTLY what you are eating and how much!Unaccounted calories will creep up on you and they add up fast! Losing weight is mostly about diet. If you really want to lose the lbs weight training is a must along with your cardio. Muscle burns calories LONG after your done with your workout even at complete rest. By saying muscle weighs more than fat its not lb for lb its about volume! A small box of feathers or a small box of rocks,which would weigh more? Finally, there is no magical machine or miracle diet, its about discpline ! If you like the treadmill use it ,the bike ? go for it! For you own sanity its nice to mix it up and you will get better results if you keep your body guessing. just an FYI, I workout 6 days a week and have been at it for years. I was laid up for 4 months and couldnt even leave the house and put on about 45 lbs of fat BUT now that Im back at With great discpline and dedication I avg about 4lbs a week of weight loss and from past excpierence I know this will continue til for about 2-3 months then it will taper off! before anyone says about muscle loss mine is miminal BUT I hit the weights and cardio (hard) and most importantly watch my diet ! HIgh protien, mod carbs >>>it’s the only way !

March 5, 2011 at 11:22 am
(107) Tom says:

I stopped working out on ellipticals a few weeks ago.
Now I just sit on the couch, smoke pot, and watch cartoons. I feel great.

March 23, 2011 at 11:31 am
(108) Bill says:

Doing 30 min at level 6 for three weeks plus eating better went from 243 to 233…not bad

April 25, 2011 at 7:15 am
(109) Patti says:

The elliptical has been my secret weapon for weightloss. I was 170, and I’m 5’4″, 50 yrs old female… I did the elliptical (I swear by the inclining machines w/out sticks, love the Precor series) and set it for 4 incline and 2 tension. If a good song comes on my Ipod, I manually hit the incline button up to 6, sometimes higher for a little bit which gives me in interval training (it’s all about the music people, keep it fresh and change it up when you can). I try to always go for 45 min., sometimes 60 min, and always make some of that cycling backwards. Had a hip replacement and have staved off needing another by keeping my hip strong, but hey if I can do it, anyone can. I went from size 14 Gap jeans to size 8, a 30 lb. loss in 3 months. I eat sensible too. Don’t forget your water! :)

April 30, 2011 at 1:40 am
(110) Justin says:

People…you lose weight, you don’t loose it.

May 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(111) mel says:

Hi everyone,
I have been reading through this to get some info but cant really find anything does anyone know what is best for me i am 5’6 and 134 lbs I dont really have a problkem with my weight just how I wobble so I want to tone my problem I know is I dont eat well IE no breakfast no lunch but tea I may snack and have the odd chedder :/ but drink tea to fill me up in the day. In my job I am very busy and do tend to have a drink every day which to be honest I like. I dont do any exercise but have just started on the cross trainer all I can manage is 20 mins at the mo :/ what should I increase this to. I dont really ache in the morning should i?

May 12, 2011 at 12:07 am
(112) Jason says:

I bought a stationary bike 3 days ago. Starting drinking water and no soda at all. I ride it 30 minutes a day. Have lost 5lbs in 3 days. I realize that weight loss will not be like that everytime I weigh myself but its nice to see some improvement. Hopefully I can stick with it and get down to my goal of 200lbs by the end of the year.

June 6, 2011 at 12:27 am
(113) hannahbanana says:

ok so i have been working out 7 DAYS A WEEK. For about 4.5 weeks now and i do about 30minutes on elipticals, plus 30-50reps on weight machines on a moderate weight. (enough to make me sore) and an ab workout for about 20 min. total everyday for about an hr and a half. then i do zumba 2wice a week. I have completely cut gluten out of my diet due to sensetivity..and eating sooo healthy, fruits veggies, turkey and grilled chicken and organic everything. I have only losr around 5-6 lbs fluctuating daily. I have def lost inches but i am so trying to lose my gut and loce handles all the way and i know u need to do cardio and eating habbit changes. AND I HAVE!! I understand this could be muscle but im at a loss? only 5-6lbs? and im working soo hard?
oh and i crave sugar and fat all the freaking time, i always want to eat too. i feel like i need too tho?

weight started 152
weight now 147.5
19 yrs
height5’7

June 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(114) Ojolivier says:

I’m with ya! I’m almost your exact same stats plus 13 years! Same height and weight. I’ve been doing the same for 3 weeks and lost NOTHING. I have cheated some on weekends, BUT I do notice a change in shape and muscle definition. Don’t give up! You’re doing great! I think it just takes time when you’re not grossly obese…

June 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(115) Mary says:

I need help! I am a 15 year old girl at 5″4 and
165 lbs size 10… I want to lose about 40 lbs
or at least be down to a size 4…….. I have
been going to the gym twice a day for 6 days a
week …..once at 6am and 8pm using the
elliptical an really enjoy it! I have also limited my
calories and have been eating really healthy!I
only drink water, no sweets or junk food either!

What should I set my resistance to so I can lose
the most weight? How long do you think it will take
for the weight to be gone? Any extra tips?

June 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm
(116) reality check says:

lean cuisine has a lot of sodium in it. stop eating that crap people. no wonder you’re not losing weight

June 15, 2011 at 10:41 am
(117) LIA says:

OK people, I need some words of encouragment. Have been doing the eliptical now for three weeks, and have lost no weight at all.I know from all of your posts that, I’m probably building muscle, but you can’t deny, that you do feel like you want to push forward, when you at least can see that scale moving, just a little.I’m not going to give up. Eating very healthy, veggies, fish, lean meats, but nothing.

June 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(118) Cheyenne says:

Hi everyone, my name is Cheyenne and I am 15 years old, and before you skip this one please read. I have an elliptical in my room, and I use is very often. 6 days a week, an hour each way, fowards and backwards. I have extremely powerful legs, from different sports, and running as a hobby, but I am not necessarily as skinny as I would like to be, and after dealing with an eating disorder, and many other difficulties including injury to my knee, the elliptical has helped me so much.
Of course this is not the only thing I do. I have a workout routine, with cardio and abs, and other days, I run. I use the elliptical every day. Make it fun, you don’t want to be bored. If you try and stay at your target heart-rate, and eat healthy you CAN lOSE WEIGHT. Another tip that I would give you guys is about eating. Don’t think of your eating habits as a diet. Diets fail. People can fail diets. Think of it as a life style. This is how you will forever eat, because it is healthy. Also drink lots and lots of water. It’s great for your body, and skin. Also you can feel more full more often.
Pretty soon, after eating healthy, your stomach will shrink and you will eat less, and feel great, Keep it up everyone. You can do it, don’t let anything get in your way, and you can lose weight the natural way… the healthy way.
Also, vitamins are a good idea too. If you are on a certain diet you can lose out on proteins and nutrients that you need and vatimans can help.
Good luck, and God bless.

June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm
(119) Maya says:

I’ve been using the elliptical cross trainer program for the passed month. Ive gained weight of losing. I use it 4x per week for an hour and burn about 500 calories each time. I have healthy diet including fruit,vegetables and fish. My goal is to lose 7lbs. please help!

July 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(120) Sinz says:

Alright.
It’s called HIIT for weight loss. Google it if you don’t know what HIIT means–

http://ca.askmen.com/sports/bodybuilding_100/135_fitness_tip.html

Use youtube if you get confused and need to see someone else do it to get the drift. Doing the elliptical for the same pace for an hour can only do so much. Your body gets used to the impact after 20 mins hence why you’re barely losing the weight. If you don’t have the option to use more than one machine (Your body gets used to the same work out you do all the time so you trick your body by doing different kinds of cardio work outs, you lose weight easier that way), then you need to go harder and fast on that elliptical. Forget routine, same pace every damn time. Basically.. give it your all on the elliptical. Fast and hard, slow down, fast and hard, so on. You will sweat rivers within 15 mins on the elliptical if you do it the right way. You will see weight loss. Keep in mind, eating a lot and working out is a joke. If you want to lose weight. You MUST eat healthy and working out EXTREMELY hard on that elliptical to the point you’re sweating rivers, heavily breathing.. you will see weight loss instantly with HIIT.. I know I did. Forget this brisk walk or brisk jogging. WORK IT and work it HARD. If you actually do go through an extreme HIIT work out. Remember not to push it. If you are too tired the next day to do the elliptical, take the day off. HIIT tires you out until you get used to it. You burn nine times as much calories doing the HIIT on the elliptical, a day off isn’t going to kill you/hold you back on losing weight. Good luck and stay positive. Put the junk food down.

July 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm
(121) star125 says:

Amazing comments – thanks so much, it’s been very inspirational. I am 5’5 and used to be at 150 lb. Only through dieting and some running I have lost 15 lb in about 8 months 2 years ago. Then, I stopped dieting and after a year a put 10 lb back. I have started using an elliptical 2 months ago, and I was surprised to see that even with 30 min, 5 times a week, I lost only .5 lb. So yes, it is about how much you eat more than what you eat. Healthful foods make you healthy but not necessarily slim. What worked for me in the past, was a big healthful breakfast (about 400 cal), small lunch – no breads (400 cal), and almost nothing in the evening – maybe some fruit if I felt very hungry. I also snacked on fruit throughout the day. I usually drink lots of water, green tea with lemon and honey. I will start doing that again but this time also use the elliptical for 45 min 5 times a week. I also found this interesting article:http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-weight-loss.html
Thanks again for your great comments, and hope to come back with the news that I got to 125 lb and share how I finally achieved that.
Good luck Everyone! May you be healthy, strong and reach the weight that you desire.

July 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm
(122) MamaA says:

I am purchasing an elliptical this week. I am very excited to have one in my home as I have a 7 month old baby and it is harder to get to the gym than before when I could just go whenever I pleased. My question is I know you have to exercise and eat healthy, I don’t know much about healthy food though. Can somebody tell me what I can be eating for meals since I have to eat lots of red meat because of the depakote medicine I am on for my epilepsy. I know you need fruits and veggies but if somebody can give me some ideas of what to eat other than that it would be greatly appreciated. And by the way I am 24, 5’9 and weigh 194. I want to get down to 160lbs Thanks in advance. Any info would helpt.

August 5, 2011 at 8:16 am
(123) Dwayne says:

After reading most of the posts, I think a lot of ya’ll would be better served by throwing out the scales. I think it’s a more realistic goal to look and feel better. It’s something that you can see and feel through more energy.

Instead of weighing yourself to see your progress, either use measurements or better yet just take some pictures of your progress. When your motivation to work out is low, look back at how you looked 1, 3, 5 months ago.

August 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm
(124) Stacy says:

You all have to remember that ANY exercise is GREAT for you! Also remember that when working out you are not only losing fat, but gaining muscle! You may not see a huge change in the numbers on the scale, but you will look and feel much better! Keep up the healthy lifestyle and exercising and drink water.

August 21, 2011 at 3:12 am
(125) Chaarly says:

This is to the Mom of the 7th month old, Breakfast: Protien; any kind of eggs, hard boiled, scrambled, fried (this goes for any time of the day) and if you really wanna go hard, kick the egg yokes and just do the whites. Midmorning snack: carrots or cucumber and LOTS of water (i use crystal light), Lunch: Choices are lettuces wraps (no bread) like tuna or cheese and meat, with any and all the veggies you can stand! You can have carbs or sugars after 3 pm(its better for your insulin levels this way and will help you keep from over eating the carbs and storing them away…), a small serving of what you have been craving all day, or your favor fruit mixture because fruit is loaded with sugars and carbs-never make yourself suffer but make sure its not too much. Dinner: Salad with little or no dressing, use lemon and oil, ofcourse WATER, you can do anything on your salad, or stuffed mushrooms anything but do not eat pasta or breads. If you are not a body builder or professional athlete your are prob not burning a ton of calories. Keep an eye on your condements they are loaded with sugar. And what ever you do, take your time eating and drink water inbetween your bits you fill up faster. Desert: I have a tub of frozen whippcream, when ever i have a sweet tooth i cut up either bananas or strawberries or mangos and give my self two big spoonfulls of frozen whipcream and put them together, its likea fruity ice cream :) but low on calories and carbs :) Good luck and happy eating!

September 3, 2011 at 1:46 am
(126) Sarah says:

After reading so many comments,I think it’s ridiculous some of you are eating frozen foods (Lean Cuisine) and drinking stuff like Slim Fast and are complaining.Those diet foods don’t work.I started loosing so much more weight when I began to cook healthy.Please avoid eating out if you really want to lose weight.I use my elliptical everyday for about an hour.Just remember you really have to push yourself.I’ve noticed a lot of people saying they are eating very few calories.Do not starve yourself!Your metabolism will slow down & it will be harder to lose weight.You should try to eat 6 small meals a day.Another tip,stay away from high fructose corn syrup that is an added sweetener.

September 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(127) Geoff S says:

I have been working out on the elliptical trainer now for 2 years . I go and do 30 min a day on level 20 interival training. I have lost 32 lbs. I do 30 min a day then weights. cant beat it . I have increased my lung cap. and feel great at 57 yrs young . Very low impact on my body great workout . dont really know where to go next with it . any thoughts? Thanks

October 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(128) Fallon says:

Are ellipticals just as good of a work out as a stair climber or a treadmill? I’m trying to lose weight and I know I have only been working on it for like 4 days now, but I thought I’d look a little better. I have been eating a lot healthier too, no sweets and only water. No greasy foods. How long do you think it will take to lose 20 lbs?

October 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm
(129) Lipticp says:

I watch a movie on my iphone and that is the ONLY way I can go all the way to 45 min. I started at 5 minutes and build myself all the way to 45 min in 2 weeks. The key thing for me is I have to watch a movie if not, no way jose!

November 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(130) soccerMom3 says:

I’ve been using the elliptical,treadmill,lifting weights and also doing WW for 4 months and I have lost 40 lbs. What has helped is not necessarily staying on the eliptical but alternating from both also lifting weights. Drink lots of water and adjust your diet and the weight will come off. I’m 33 and this is possible, but it’s important to alternate your workout and to change your diet.

November 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm
(131) Christen says:

About.com has a really great elliptical workout that I used! It burned 500 calories in 40 minutes! Thats really good for an elliptical! Just think, 500 calories 7 days a week = that’s 1lb/week without much work! Of course that’s also using those calories burnt beyond what u eat!

January 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm
(132) steph says:

I’ve noticed a lot of people are talking about diets first of all feed ur body fruits in the morning vegis at night or all day(as a snack). For breakfast I have an apple or orange. Snack on celery broccoli carrots. Or even another apple or orange for luck one slice of bread with turkey and swiss no mayo and lettus… snack on vegis any kind then for dinner I eat chicken corn(its a starch)or potatoe and a vegi….always give urself. Ay to pig out a week it confuses ur metabalism and doesn’t make you overdose when ur done dieting…..

January 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm
(133) Liz says:

For everyone who mentions that they don’t see or notice results on the scale, like many people have mentioned you need to watch your diet and use a measuring tape instead of focusing on the scale. When I went to the military training, I was physically fit (with visible ab muscles) at 5’3 and 120 lbs but about 12 wks later I was weighing in at over 130 lbs and yet I was a lot thinner and more cut. This was eating 3 large meals a day, drinking three glasses of water or gaterade per meal, and working out Mon-Sat (alternating each day between running or push-ups/jumping jacks/situps/crunches/squats for about 45-60 min)… not to mention we slept about 7.5 hours a night. The elliptical is nice because it’s low-impact on your knees — just make sure you mix up your workouts a little bit by throwing in some other exercises to keep that muscle confusion going. Besides that, good luck!

January 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(134) Terry says:

I started using an elliptical 3 weeks ago, and have lost 10 pounds. I like most people feel that the weight is not coming off fast enough, but I am feeling alot better. My stamina is up and I do feel like the excess weight is coming off little by little. I have always heard that watching the scale is the wrong way to do it, so I am no longer watching the scale and just keep plugging away.

February 7, 2012 at 5:28 am
(135) Anon says:

all my life I’ve yoyo’d from having several eating disorders. This past year however rather than not eating or purging I’ve just binged my way into a state that I now have complete anxiety over. I need to make a change. I’m fearful of the gym as I’m so embarrassed that I’ve let myself go this far so I want to buy an at home elliptical but then I worry that I may 1. isolate and trigger another eating disorder or 2. not loose weight since I can’t afford any more than an absolute MAX of $1000 for the equipment and I’m not sure if that will get enough for training. I’ve never been triggered by home exercise before I should note, I guess it’s the isolation thing but to be honest, I’m dead scared to even go outside I feel so embarrassed. I live in my only 2 pairs of stretchy pants that still fit me and sweats, I’ve gone from a size 0-2 to who knows what at 5’9″ I am probably somewhere around 180? I’m too scared to check. I’m not saying I wasn’t to get down to below a 00 or 110lbs, I’d like to get to about 125-130. But the problem with going too slow is I am literally debilitated by this. Please, I hope someone gives advice. I already see professionals so don’t say that. I need some athletic type advice. Either a recommendation of great home equipment, or an idea of how long it takes to loose weight at a regular pace. Is it really only 2-3lbs a week? I’m in my 20s, used to loosing at a rate of 1-2lbs a day (UNHEALTHY) I know this and I am reaching out trying to make a change, I hope this is understood and someone will be able to give proper workout advice so I will see results to keep me on a healthy track. If your answer is get a gym membership, work out 4-5x a week and eat 1500 calories a day please don’t waste your time. I know the rotary answers. Thank you to anyone who has real advice!

March 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(136) Katie says:

Okay, for those of you complaining about gaining instead of losing weight, you must remember when you begin to work out you GAIN MUSCLE and MUSCLE gains more than fat! SO what I have learned is not to go by the scale, but to go by how your clothes begin to fit you! Trust me I have learned that the hard way. Keep up your healthy diets and work outs and will physically see results! also you can measure you waist, butt and bust and will most likely see they have shrunk. The weight gain in muscle!

March 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm
(137) macbeth says:

I think, from reading these comments that it’s clear that everyone loses weight in different ways. For instance, most nutrition and exercise experts will tell you that eating too little will actually slow your metabolism down. Not with me…the less calories I eat, the more I lose. But that may not work for everyone. Just as with the elliptical, it may work well for some people but not for others. I have found all of these comments interesting, but really, not one opinion is any “better” than another. I’ve just started on my elliptical workout. I am terribly out of shape, with no stamina at all. It will be some time before I can comment on the effectiveness. At worst, it will build my endurance so I can go on to other workouts. Good luck everyone!

April 3, 2012 at 8:08 am
(138) Betty says:

After 3 weeks on nutrisystem (just kill me please) and eeeeasing into the workout thing, I’ve lost 14 lbs. I vary my workouts (still trying to improve my basic levels of stamina/strength) and elliptical is part of it. I really feel and see results from making it an integrel part of my fitness routine. It’s starting to change the shape of my legs already. To be fair, i come from great genetics but I also let myself atrophy for, I guess if i were to be honest, 15 years. Everyone brings something different to the table with them and will have varied results because of those differences.

April 3, 2012 at 11:21 am
(139) josh says:

I recently purchased and elliptical. It’s absolutely awesome! I have bad knees, but the elliptical allows me to get in a solid cardio workout without worrying about the added impact on my knees. I’ve been doing about a hour at a time, about 4-5 days a week. I’ve also been taking fish oil, a sugar free zero carb zero calorie energy drink, and an organic multi-vitamin. I work with amway, so it’s nice to actually be using some of the great health care products. I’ve also been trying to watch what i’m eating, the protein bars i get are AWESOME for curbing mid-day hunger.

April 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(140) Bob says:

As the article says, it is all about doing the work; both machines do the job. We have both a treadmill and an elliptical – my wife prefers the treadmill, and I prefer the elliptical, mainly because I have had knee issues. I crank the resistance right up, and so it gets the heart rate up very fast, and because of the arm movement also gives my arms and shoulders a bit of a workout. The one observation I would make is that an elliptical will cost about half as much for a machine of similar quality, so if budget is an issue (as it is for most of us), then it is worth seriously considering an elliptical.

April 4, 2012 at 8:15 am
(141) Allen Robinson says:

I eat right and use an eliptical trainer, with both using hand and feet movement for an hour a day and lifting weight 3 tmes a week I lose weight.

April 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(142) Karen says:

Dear Lord… PLEASE stop eating Lean Cuisine meals. The sodium in microwave meals are INSANE. If that doesn’t kill you the preservatives will. If you want to lose weight, reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake. Start drinking water. Stop drinking juice/milk. Take calcium supplements if you have to.

If you’re really “workin’ it” on either a treadmill or an elliptical, you should be red faced and sweating by the time you’re done. Anything less than that and you won’t see results.

I personally prefer the treadmill. My heart rate elevates quickly on it and I can sustain and elevated heart rate with it. I find ellipticals, as odd as they are, don’t get the sweat out of me like a treadmill does.

Weight lifting is also important if you’re trying to lose weight. Muscles need calories to maintain themselves. The more you have the more you burn. You don’t need to be ripped but toning is important.

April 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm
(143) arul says:

I started on treadmill but had difficulty to change over to Eliptical

April 10, 2012 at 2:13 am
(144) anthony stavrianos says:

hi Paige, Because i walk about 3 times a week,when i go to the gym.
I use the byke and the elliptical trainer and find it useful. A good cardio
and excellent leg exercise.i also do 2-3 strength workouts a week I have lost about 5 kilos (11lbs). It doesn’t sound like a lot of weight,however I did not have heaps to lose At 71 and 77kgs i think i am about right at 175centimetres. thanks for all your tips and training info,it has been great.My wife and I are going on an 11 week vacation to Europe and I am going to work out as much as i can not to put those 5kgs back on like last year.
thank you again
kind regards tony

April 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm
(145) Joe says:

I lost 107 pounds using the elliptical as my primary cardio workout. I used interval training, alternating between 2 minutes of very high level (ramp height and resistance) and 2 minutes of low level cardio. I started at 20 minutes and worked up to the point where I could easily do an hour plus. The key is to really bust your butt for the 2 minutes of high-level exercise. I hate treadmills due to knee and foot issues and the impact from treadmills.

April 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm
(146) billy says:

I was doing the treadmill, now i tried the eliptical and there is no better machine……I try to do it 5 times a week at 60min per workout…….im on a precor machine and its awesome…..burns 1030 per workout and over 6900 strides ….think over 4.5miles………….i put the resistance between 4 and 5 and the last 5min i workout hard.
you should try to work out on it at least 4 times a week…….i’ve been dieting for 4mo and down 61lbs

April 22, 2012 at 10:43 am
(147) eggbeater says:

I lost 35 pounds in about 6 months, doing half an hour on an elliptical for 5 days a week and keeping calories under 2000 each day. It is doable. I have also kept the weight off for more than a year with the same regimen.

April 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm
(148) Nicci says:

-10kilos in 2 months. Cut out soda and most carbs as well. Eat salads, fruits for snacks and I drink 6 squeezy bottles of water everyday. Elliptical 3 times a week.

April 28, 2012 at 4:12 am
(149) Lynette Kleve says:

@Alana Chandler said: “Avacados, for example, are quite fattening even though they are a veggie!”

Actually, Avacodo is a fruit. :-) I’m in my 7th week of working out at the gym here. I began going because I had surgery on my left foot and lost a lot of muscle in my leg….I’m also going for health reasons. I’m having the best time working out. I haven’t seen much loss on the scale, especially the first few weeks. But I feel it internally. I also measure and in the beginning my measurements went up a little but now they are back down. I’m trying to eat good foods, and limit the starches…It’s only been the last 4 times at the gym that I’ve been able to do my 10 minute warmup on the elliptical machine without stopping to rest! My cooldown time is improving as well. I can’t tell you have amazing It feels to be working out again! :-) I also weight train as well as the e. machine. I’ll soon be 50 and I’m looking forward to a healthier life! So keep at it everyone! :-)

May 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(150) MD says:

I lost 85 pounds using an elliptical. You can do it!

May 10, 2012 at 1:00 am
(151) Jessica says:

I joined the gym back in late August and have been going 4 to 5 times a week on the elliptical there and have lost over 20 pounds in a little over 8 months.. I use the elliptical for an hour each day I go and it definitely makes u lose weight! I went from 150 to 125 and I do not even diet I just watch how much calories and food I take in daily.

May 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm
(152) Kim says:

I just wanted to say an avocado is not a veggie is a fruit and while high in calories for a fruit it has a great deal of very good for you fats. So do not be afraid to use them in smoothies , salads a few slices on a sandwich whatever they are good for you in moderation and portion of course .

May 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm
(153) Ashley says:

I am 5’3 and started my weight at 163 lbs. i used the elliptical for 4 months and lost 20lbs then i hit a plateau-stuck at 143 :( I recently started using the treadmill running 3-4 miles 5 days a week. After reading all the comments listed above I am wondering if my current routine will break my plateau or if i should switch back to the elliptical and turn up the resistance? I was using the elliptical 30-45 min and 15 min weights 3-4 days a week and now i do the treadmill 45 min 5 days a week. I have 15-20 lbs to go-what should i do….also i have been eating healthier 1300-1500 calories a day. I did lose 2lbs since last week but its typical for me to bounce between 140-144, i cant get under 130!!!I have been running for 1 week, im on week 2, what should i do? thanks

May 24, 2012 at 2:04 am
(154) Ellen says:

I’m a beginner I really at this moment can only push myself for 20 minutes a day 6 days a week on ellepital will I start seeing results? I’m eating good museli breakfast egg sandwich and apple for lunch and a small dinner that’s normal could be a burger could be stew could be spaghetti how long will it take to notice a difference?

May 26, 2012 at 9:52 am
(155) ida says:

I have purchased my elliptical machine a years ago, but I didn’t use it almost at all. It was kind of ackword workout for me so I did a lot of other cardio types of exercises to keep my self in good shape. I tought it was just a waste of money. However, recently I’ve injured my ankle and I’ve give it a try. I didn’t have much other choice for cardio since running or roller blading and even a cycling was not an option because of my sensible ankle. I try a led interval workout which I have downloaded from Itunes( Motion traxx) and I am delighted how good this workout is ! I would recomended it for everyone, wichever one goal is. Try it ! I will help you to feal great ! I am tankful to be able to rediscover my forgotten and unused elliptical after years that I have bought it.

June 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(156) seb werner says:

healthy eating and weight training along with the elliptical trainer are a good combo for getting into shape quickly and reletively painlessly. Just keep at it

June 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm
(157) Pushkaraaj says:

ELLIPTICAL CROSS TRAINERS ARE BEST WAY FOR FAT LOSS…..IF YOU WANT TO LOOSE AROUND 5 KG PER MONTH…..KEEP YOUR CALORIE BETWEEN 2000 TO 2200 MAX…AND DO YOUR LIGHT WEIGHT GYM DAILY,TAKE SUNDAY OFF AND IN CARIO FOLLOW THIS

1)10 MIN ELLIPTICAL CROSS(KEEP YOUR STRIDES 168/MIN)
2)MAX INCLINE TREDMILL WALK AT SPEED OF 6.0 FOR 10 MIN
3)DO SPEED CYCLING FOR 5 MIN
4)GET BACK TO CROSS TRAINER FOR 10 MIN ( STRIDES 150/MIN)

THIS CARDIO MAKES YOU LOOSE AROUND 500 CALORIES DAILY……

PERSONAL EXP- MY WEIGHT BEFORE A MONTH 88 KG…….I AM ON 83…..

June 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(158) DUFF says:

I recently started going back to the gym. I’m about 270 currently. I’ve lost and gained enough for about 3 of me…but finally after pulling my head out of my bum, and doing my homework (finding out the hard way) I came to the realization that the only way to lose the lb’s is to pump the break with what your eating, small meals, moderation and water!

I do the elliptical 5x a week now-anywhere between 45min to 70 min per visit.

I get discouraged from time to time because I don’t feel like I’m seeing a difference on the scale-but on another note, I do know that we lose inches before pounds at first. I notice a change in my scrubs at work.
(you can grow into those puppies without your own consent!)

I’m staying away from the fast food, over processed crap, etc..
I do HOWEVER have my moments of weakness…

I didn’t get to this point because I’m bloated-lets face it. Me so hungry.
I like to eat! I can admit this-I’ve just been lazy a majority of my life, and now that I’m 30…the reality of being healthy really does matter to me.

Plus…I don’t want the diabetes.

I guess my current problem is this….I have moments of weakness and I binge for a day. I eat beyond being full and then I eat some more.
This is usually on Sunday.

Yes…I go right back to the gym the following day…

Sooooooooo…with that being said, how much damage am I really causing in the long run when I do that to myself?

P.s. I do weight training too.

July 5, 2012 at 10:40 am
(159) Breana says:

Im breana and im 17 years old and i use to weigh 210 pounds and i started working out on the elliptical about 40 minites everyday and i ended up losing 40 pounds for the total weight of 170 now. so my advice would be to watch your calorie intake becuase the only way you lose weight is by burning of the calories you eat. alot are having trouble with thighs and butt it just takes time. if you think you are not losing weight thats not true you gaining muscle but losing fat. to me the elliptical is great source of exercise highly recommend

August 9, 2012 at 8:55 am
(160) Gina says:

Yes definitely! I bought a Horizon EX-59 last year and I have gone from a size 13 to a size 8!!!! Only 3 more pounds to perfect weight for my size. I have gone from 166 lbs to 138! I love my machine, some mornings more than others. Just stay at it and don’t give up!

August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(161) sara says:

PEOPLE…any movement is good movement…

STOP counting calories and fat!!!!!!!!!!!!! Calories are good and good fat is needed for weight loss…and energy…

STOP EATING SIMPLE CARBS!!!!!!!!!! they are stored as fat…reducing your caloric intake puts the body into survival mode then everything you eat is stored as fat…
AVOID anything refined or processed as the liver can’t attend to fat if it’s worrying about substances that aren’t real food…there is nothing wrong with butter because it’s real food…there’s nothing wrong with olive or coconut oil because it real food that’s not processed…

I lost 80 pounds doing the elliptical every day and avoiding simple carbs and non natural food…it’s easy if you want…and I INCREASED my caloric and fat intake in the process

PS Stevia’s an awesome life saver!

September 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm
(162) TP says:

Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat. A pound of feathers weighs as much as a pound of steel…. A pound is a pound!

September 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm
(163) Yeah, scary when you don't know what's a veggie and what's a fruit says:

An avocado is a fruit not a veggie.

September 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm
(164) Yana Dade says:

A while back I decided to do an experiment. For about two months I used the Eliptical twice a week and I started to see results. My weight stayed kind of the same but because I noticed I was building muscle and my fat started melting away. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to build some muscle and lose fat at the same time. Its pretty fun…especially with some tunes!

September 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm
(165) Rommel says:

I’ve been using the elliptical for about two weeks and I lost 17 pounds…I do it 2 times a day for about 40 minutes each session

September 27, 2012 at 3:59 am
(166) Soph says:

Ugh, some of you are just dumb. 162, if the pile of steel was the same size as the pile of feathers, it would weigh more. No one is debating that a pound is a pound, but muscle is denser. That’s why a, say a 180 pound 5’7 woman could look good and another woman of the same height and weight could look flabby and gross.

October 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm
(167) Alamar says:

I found that the elliptical was an excellent way to gradually ease back into an exercise regimen after 10 years of no exercise. I wanted to prepare for a 5k race however at 16 stone I found running too difficult to do straight away. The elliptical provided a gentler alternative to the treadmill for the first 7 weeks. Now after 4 months I am able to run continuously for half an hour and I mix both treadmill and elliptical exercises into my cardio routines.

December 19, 2012 at 5:19 am
(168) Ahanaf says:

found that the elliptical was an excellent way to gradually ease back into an exercise regimen after 10 years of no exercise. I wanted to prepare for a 5k race.So I’ve been using the elliptical for about two weeks and I lost 17 pounds…I do it 2 times a day for about 40 minutes each session.Now after 4 months I am able to run continuously for half an hour and I mix both treadmill and elliptical exercises into my cardio routines.

March 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm
(169) Amber says:

This was really fun reading through all of these comments! There’s some good stuff on here. I have to laugh at all of the comments regarding 1 lb of fat vs. 1 lb of muscle…. and lose vs. loose… and avocados being a fruit or a vegetable…

Here’s my story. It all started by giving up alcohol for Lent. I started feeling better just from that, so almost 2 weeks ago, I started watching what I eat and using the MyFitnessPal app on my phone as a tool. I also started walking and using the RunKeeper app on my phone to track that. I couldn’t believe the difference in how I FEEL, even though I didn’t really lose pounds yet. A good friend is an avid gym-goer, so I asked him to take me with him to the gym on Saturday so I could join. I’ve only been going to the gym for 3 days now, and each day I use the elliptical and then alternate days for working out my upper and lower body with weights. I used to go to a different gym a few years ago and loved the elliptical then, so I’m happy to be back on it. Right now, I’m still at only 15 minutes on the machine, but I don’t think it’ll be long until I can comfortably do at least 30 minutes. I plan on still walking at lunch at work and going to the gym in the evenings whenever I can. I’m a 31 year old female, 5’7″, and about 142 lbs. My original goal was to get back down to 120 lbs, but since I can tell already that things are starting to tighten up, I’m thinking I’ll probably be happy around 125. Whatever, as long as I feel and look good.

March 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm
(170) Phyllis says:

You can most definitely lose weight using an elliptical, and I can vouch for that.
I’m 20 yrs old, 5’3”, and a few months ago I weighed 141 pounds. I recognize that this isn’t overweight, but I wasn’t satisfied with my body. So, using mostly the elliptical almost every day for half an hour, for about 3 months, I’m down to 123 pounds and headed towards being in the best shape of my life.
The key:
Interval training REALLY helps with burning calories and making the most out of your workout.
I do 2 mins moderate resistance and then 1 min difficult resistance, for 30 mins. I usually switch between 6 and 8 resistance on my machine, and go 9 on the last minute. At the end of the 30 min workout, I go at least 3.2 miles.

If you actually want to lose weight though, you’ll have to integrate strength training and a healthier diet. No more fatty, sugary foods, or empty calories from snacking. You’ll have to be burning more calories than you intake. Before I work out mornings, I’ll sometimes eat a large yellow bell pepper. It’s surprising how pumped some healthy foods can get you! In order to lose weight, it’s really all about a lifestyle change, But, if you dedicate yourself, it’s more than possible.

March 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(171) Sally says:

Elliptical is way better on the knees and it’s good for the whole body!! Rather than using elliptical or a treadmill one should just go for a walk! Walking is the best exercise….

April 2, 2013 at 8:09 am
(172) BB says:

Just received my elliptical on Easter Sunday. I love it. It had am ifit card with Jillian Michaels talking u thru the workouts she designed.

April 12, 2013 at 8:47 am
(173) Shelly Niemann says:

I am trying to loose weight. I also want to loose in my legs. Should I have the incline higher and the resistance lower?

May 21, 2013 at 1:26 am
(174) Sham says:

The elliptical, ah…its the last machine I hit before heading to the pool for 1000-1650 yd swim. It has worked for me but my resistance is somewhat eh. At the end of utilizing the machine, I’ve burned about 600+ within 35 mins. My abs, and legs did most of the work and arms, not so much as I don’t hold onto anything for support except for the last 5 minutes of the workout. Add strength training into it too but I don’t just work upper and lower every other day, I work the entire body then the next day, I take it easy. Lighter but more reps with weights but as for cardio, it will remain the same until I feel as though I had plateau. Try staying in the gym for 4-8 hrs a day if you can. LOL And lastly, I workout about 3-6 days per week, depending on my mood. Diet wise…I would suggest oatmeal with honey, chia seeds, blueberries, wheat germ and cinnamon in the mornings (EVERYDAY). For lunch, depends, sometimes fish or baked chicken, plenty of greens and with brown rice or 4-6 boiled eggs and for dinner, varies. I consume the fat that I eat off of the prime ribs too as I understand that is natural animal fat. Something that the human body will need to keep the organs flexible and create cushion between other organs. Oh snack on some raw almonds if you can too. For drinks, go for green tea or make ginger tea from scratch, and add honey and cinnamon into it. Ginseng if you can get any. I don’t think about taste, as long what I consume will be beneficial to the body.

July 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm
(175) tracey says:

Hi I got my self a ellipital trainer for weight loss only been 4 weeks and seems to be working for me at minute I’m watching all my calories by having no more than 1500 a day I go on trainer for 30 mins in morning and 10 mins in evening and weekends of ( woop need that little break I went from 18 stone down to 17 in 4 weeks but I’m expecting this to slow down at some point as it usually drops of quick at first but enjoying it at mo my aim is for may next year for a wedding so a healthy diet and a bit of exercise can work good look everyone

July 28, 2013 at 11:59 am
(176) nick says:

I’ve been using the eliptical for 8 weeks going on 9 started @ 240lbs I’m now down to 218lbs. It works as long as you put in the effort and manage your diet. Not sure why others are saying it doesn’t help you loose weight.
Remember you are your own worst enemy

August 25, 2013 at 7:01 am
(177) John says:

I am 52. I started out at 105 kilos in May. Today (25th August), I am 86 Kgs. I workout on an elliptical for 40 minutes a day, every single day of the week. I have so far only done dumbbell excessive every other day, using 2 10kg dumbbells. My clothes fit better, but I don’t have noticeable biceps or forearms, for which I would need more weight I guess! I also suspect that it will be hard to build muscle on my raw vegan diet, although I take spirulina, chlorella and superfoods. However, I feel fitter and weigh 20 kilos less than I did 3 months ago.

October 5, 2013 at 11:45 am
(178) Julia says:

Hi! okay so i’ve been back and forth with my weight since last november. In december I weighed 140 lbs but I ended up loosing my period bc I guess the healthy foods I was eating didnt have enough calories that my body needed (I was playing basketball on my team at school at the time). So to get it back, I ate a lot more calories and sadly gained most of my weight back. Now, I am 155 and I’ve been trying to lose it again! I’ve made a healthy life-style change and I have been doing it steadily for a month now; along with going to the gym for an hour or more 6 days a week. I’m on the eliptical for about an hour everyday and I’m go on the program “weight loss”, which goes from resistance 2-4 on incline 1. After, I do abs and some machines. However, I haven’t seemed to lose much weight within this month. Is that normal? Do you think the eliptical is making me gain muscle instead of lose weight? Is there any other methods I could try that will help me loose it? Let me know!

October 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm
(179) "Ruth says:

I have been using an elliptical on the weight loss program. I hate dieting and just watch what I eat . i don’t eat food with Corn syrup or hydrogenated oils so that rules out all processed food. I found a diet that make sense but hard to get used to at Slimissimple.org. It is free and makes sense when you watch the videos. Basically it is no carb which is very hard to stick to. I dont weigh myself as it is discouraging. I did not gain the weight in 6 months it took years to get here. Why would I expect it to come off fast! Eat healthy, read labels, don’t eat if you are not hungry (drink water if emotionally eating or eat non starchy veggies)

October 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(180) Melanie says:

After I had a baby I had gained about 40 lbs. Once I started working out to get the weight off, it seemed like it took forever to see results. I was doing 30 minutes on the elliptical 3- 5 times a week for a couple of months. In spite of not seeing much results I started to look forward to my “me time” more and more and not stress so much about the weight. I started doing 45 minute elliptical workouts and added strength training with weights to my routine. The weight started melting off and I got down to 125 lbs in about 6 months. I think the most important thing you can do is not stress, and reprioritize your reasons for working out. Do whatever it takes to learn to enjoy the process, and the time you are taking for yourself, and you will reap the rewards without all the pressure you are putting on yourself!

November 6, 2013 at 7:25 am
(181) tamara says:

Iblostb3 stone on my cross trainer. Its amazing. Just try and make sure bot to buy a shoddy one like i did when i bought a new one the only part i haven’t swapped over to my new one is the pedals. Every other part has been pulled of my old one due to no help from company great investment though. If you work hard at it the rewards are fantastic

March 24, 2014 at 10:44 am
(182) jenett says:

I have lost 4.2 pounds this month using my elliptical and a fitness app. You have to eat for fuel. No skimping on calorie. Try to avoid the premade foods. I have worn out 3 elliptica in the past 10 years, but I do 30-45 in the a.m. and they 3 days a week include 30-45 at night. Or a walk with friends instead. Keep moving as much as possible.

April 8, 2014 at 5:07 am
(183) Christie says:

Yes always i think they do it and helps to loss weight by elliptical trainers.

April 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm
(184) weight Loss says:

Obviously bag the low cal diets because they do not work long term.
However, we can choose to detox the body at a weight loss retreat or detox retreat and have
a much better chance of losing weight by getting rid of fat and keeping it off.
One route that some people take when trying to reduce the pounds is diet programs.

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