(Closed) Treadmill question

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely do some crunches and cardio. Cardio helps lose weight, and cardio with cruches combined really helps.   Look up “bicycle crunch” and do those. They really help!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well think of it this way, in order to lose a pound you must burn 3500 calories, or take 3500 calories out of your diet, or your best bet, a little of both. So if you begin walking on the treadmill, just keep track of your calories burned and keep track of the calories consumed. I think you’ll have no problem losing the 5 lbs, realistically i would give yourself 3-4 weeks, but if you’re really dedicated then it may come off faster, you could be there in 2 weeks and that would still be a healthy goal. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It never hurts to do the treadmill. I always put mine on incline and I swear that it helps my stomach! Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Cadio is definitely the best way to burn fat. What a lot of people don’t realize is that if you walk for longer periods at a steady lowered heart rate you actually burn fat more efficiently than running for a short periord. So walking for 60 mins instead of running for 20 will give you great results. I definitely think you plan will work for 5lbs only. How long do you plan on working out for? Typically exercising 3-4 times per week and eating right can give you around 2 pounds of weight loss a week. I second doing some ab work-outs as well if you’re looking to tone up. If you have too much stomach fat though it’s best to try to shed the pounds before toning up because you won’t see your muscle definition under stomach fat.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@west.coast.blonde: So true! My fav is my heart rate monitor gives me a percentage of fat calories burned at the end of each workout. Today my heart rate was sky high during my workout so I only 25% of the calories burned were from fat, not that high but I’ll take it =)

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Cruise Girl: You have lots of time until August! Definitely put a bit of an incline on the treadmill if you are doing that speed/time…it will make a huge difference!

Also, make sure you have breakfast EVERY morning! I know a lot of people think skipping breakfast helps you loose weight, but it’s the opposite. If you make sure you have a healthy breakfast, especially the mornings you plan to work out, then you are automatically helping your body to burn more fat and you’ll see better results from the treadmill 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Cruise Girl: I would do some planks for your abs. I used to do tons of crunches, all different kinds and angles, and the plank has cut my ab routine time in more than half and with even better results!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Its really all about overall calorie expenditure, so even though you may be burning a higher percentage of fat at lower intensity workouts, you are probably burning more actual fat at a higher intensity

for example:

if you walk for 30 minutes at a low intensity lets say you burn 100 calories, 50% from fat so thats 50 fat calories

Now lets say you run for 30 minutes at a moderate or high intensity and burn 250 calories, with only 25% from fat. Thats 62.5 calories from fat, which is higher than the 50 in the walking example, plus all of the rest of the calories

And another thing to consider is that your body has ways of balancing itself out.  If you burn more calories from carbohydrates, your body will burn up your fat in order to replenish the carbohydrates.

Hense overall calorie expenditure makes a much better weight loss platform than just paying attention to fat burning.

And I do agree that burning the fat is what will reduce the belly, rather than crunches (we cannot isolate where we lose our fat from unfortunately) but crunches are still a great idea for toning and core stability.

(I don’t mean to correct anyone here, I have a degree in nutrition with a concentration in exercise and fitness and these are common misconceptions that we hear all the time.  I am also a personal trainer)

 

And personally, I prefer using an elliptical as you run more efficiently and burn calories faster, and it has less impact on your knees and other joints.

Good luck! Smile

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

When it comes down to those last couple of pounds diet is KEY. Make sure you know what your eating because it can be stored in places where it’s hard to lose. Items such as refined sugars, white bread, etc if not used up will be stored as fat and it’s usually in those trouble areas. Treadmill will help to shed it as well but just remember, if your close to your goal weight, it takes A LOT more to burn more. 

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