Things People Search For…

It’s kinda crazy what people put into their search engines.  It’s even crazier that I get to see some of that in the site stats.  A lot of readers who end up on my blog have searched specifically for “Needless Pounds,” “Needlesspounds,” or “Needles Pounds.”  That’s to be expected.  I also get a lot of search traffic for “health one meal replacement recipes,” “gallbladder,” and “weight loss.”  Then, there are the the the ones that make you wonder.  Today’s search query that landed a lucky reader here was, “how many days do i need to remove 60 pounds on elliptical trainer.”

Clay Bennett, The Christian Science Monitor

Clay Bennett, The Christian Science Monitor

To the anonymous Internet user who asked this question, let me try to answer that question for you.  Recall that I’m not a personal trainer, nutrition expert, nor am I otherwise qualified to dispense medical advice.  I’m simply a guy who uses the elliptical trainer quite often who has lost over 250 pounds.

So, weight loss happens when there’s a calorie deficiency.  In other words, when you consume fewer calories than you expend.  For each pound of fat you intend to lose, you must have a net loss of 3500 calories.  Assuming the person conducting the Internet search is currently neither losing nor gaining weight (a big assumption), let’s do the math to see just how long adding elliptical exercise alone would take to cause 60 pounds of fat loss.

The first question to ask is, how often do you intend to work out?  If you’re not currently working out, I’d imagine going 3 times per week would be reasonable.  It’s important to allow the body time to recover from exercise.  It’s also easier to keep on track when you set yourself up for success rather than unreachable expectations like, “work out six days per week,” which you will give up on.

The second thing I’d want to know is how many calories you’ll burn on each of these trips to the elliptical trainer.  I have found that I burn in the neighborhood of 750 calories per hour on the thing, but this is what the machine estimates.   I have no way of measuring this.  If we go with that number, we can convert that into pounds lost per workout.  If you exercise more slowly, or for less time, you’ll consume fewer calories.  If you exercise longer, more frequently, or for a longer duration, you’ll burn more calories.  Calorie burn also depends on age, levels of physical fitness, and many other factors.  This is all just napkin math anyway, right?

So you’re wanting to lose 60 pounds.  At 3,500 calories per pound, you need to burn off 210,000 excess calories.  No sweat!  Well, a lot of sweat, actually.  Dividing that by the 750 calories per hour from the previous step, my math works out to 280 hours of elliptical training.  Going 3 days per week, that’s 93 – 94 weeks — nearly two years.

Exercise alone can cause weight loss, but very, very slowly.  The elliptical trainer is cardiovascular exercise, which works your heart, primarily.  We learned in the Custom Built Personal Training Fitness Seminar that a much more effective approach to losing weight and keeping it off is a balanced approach including proper nutrition, resistance training, and cardio.  In a simple saying, “It’s much easier to eat right than to make up for eating badly through exercise.”

I hope this information has been helpful.  If you’re the person who has been googling “midget porn,” would you please stop clicking on my banner ads?

K.  Thx.

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