Are Elliptical Machines the Best Way to Lose Weight?

The most common problem people face when trying to lose weight is answering the question, "what is the best way to lose weight?" Experts go on and on about sticking to a healthy diet and performing daily cardiovascular workouts but how do you make this approach as effective as possible?

I believe the answer, from all my years in fitness training, is in sticking to a low carbohydrate / high protein diet and using elliptical machines. Yes you have treadmills, stationary bikes and various other forms of cardio equipment but none of them provide a full body, low impact workout that an elliptical machine does.

To lose weight, we want to burn stored fat. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body, so it is important that you keep your carbohydrates intake at a low. If the body does not receive the carbohydrates it requires to burn to produce energy, it resorts to burning the stored fat instead.

So how do elliptical machines come into the equation? Well, most elliptical machines require the use of the arms and legs in order to create an oscillating motion. The dual action means that the heart is required to pump harder in order to supply all the muscles in the body with oxygen. Where the body is deprived of carbohydrates, it there before has burned more of the stored fat to supply the heart with energy. It is absolutely the best way to lose weight effectively.

Burning fat using elliptical machines can be taken to a higher level. With reverse motion and incline available, muscles that you would not normally use with forward motion and on a climb are put into action. Interval training is also viable, alternating moderate with high intensity bursts. In both cases the amount of muscles used is much greater, therefore even more stored fat is burned to supply the heart with more energy.

Fat burn is not the only benefit. Full body workouts on elliptical machines and high protein diets compliment each other by allowing the muscle fibers to build and recover at a faster rate. The result is that you are not only burning fat but you are toning your body in complete proportion. Another plus is that ellipticals are now extremely affordable for the home. With compact design and all the specifications you need, you could be losing weight and sculpting a toned body in front of the TV in no time!

The results are really amazing! By keeping motivated and disciplined, you can only be a couple of months away from that dream body. Elliptical machines in my opinion really are the best way to lose weight.

Source by Simon Patterson