Exercise doesn’t always ensure weight loss -- if you’re still taking in more calories than you burn each day, weight gain often follows. Working out on the Gazelle Edge may not be burning as many calories as you think, so this is likely the reason you’re not seeing any difference on the scale, particularly if you haven't changed your dietary habits.
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To lose a pound of fat, you need to generate a deficit of 3,500 calories. Exercise is often an important facet to reaching this shortfall, but it isn’t the only one. Your diet also plays a sizable role. If you burn enough calories to hit a deficit of 500 calories a day, you can expect to lose 1 lb. each week. A higher shortage in calories provides even greater results.
The number of calories you burn during any given activity is, in part, based on your weight. The heavier you weigh, the more energy you expend, thereby causing more calories to be burned. Losing weight is also influenced by exercise intensity and duration. The higher the intensity and the longer the workout, the more calories you burn.
The Gazelle Edge mimics the workout you get from an elliptical trainer. You’re working both lower and upper body, which can help you expend more energy and burn additional calories. But like any exercise, the Gazelle Edge has its limits. For example, someone weighing 155 lb. burns an average of 11 calories per minute on your standard elliptical trainer, notes Harvard Medical School. Using this as a guide, you can expect to burn roughly 330 to 340 calories in a 30-minute session on the Gazelle Edge at this weight. This provides a weight loss of about 1 lb. every 10 to 11 days. If you weigh 185 lb., however, you burn 13 calories per minute. Using the Gazelle Edge for 30 minutes a day can now provide a weight loss of 1 lb. every eight to nine days.
Burning 300 to 400 calories per workout is commendable and can help you reach the deficit needed to shed excess weight. But if you’re not paying attention to your diet, you could be sabotaging your hard work. To ensure you’re workouts are getting you to your weight-loss goal, reduce your caloric intake by limiting portion sizes and incorporating healthier foods into your diet. Like exercise, dietary changes can help you generate a caloric deficit. Cutting calories may be more effective for weight loss than increasing your level of physical activity. Reduce the size of your portions, limit your intake of sugar and fat or simply include healthier foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, into your diet to cut calories. This isn’t to say you should stop using your Gazelle Edge -- just make sure your diet is also helping you shed the excess pounds.