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A brisk treadmill run burns calories quickly.
Cardio is a key part of any weight-loss routine, burning calories quickly to help remove any extra fat. Both the elliptical trainer and the treadmill provide a cardio workout -- and when it comes to losing weight, it's not which machine you pick, but how you use it that matters most. Healthy food choices are also crucial. If you fill up on fast food after workouts, you may find your rear end expanding in spite of your efforts.
The Spot-Reduction Fallacy
You lose weight by burning fat, which your body does naturally when you eat fewer calories than you expend for energy. Focusing your exercise efforts on one body part won't cause fat loss in that area. Instead, it will simply strengthen the underlying muscle. Using either the elliptical machine or the treadmill will work the gluteal muscles of your buttocks, but this alone won't make your bum any smaller. The fat-loss power of these machines lies in their ability to help you expend more calories, causing your body to burn fat proportionately from your entire frame. For perspective, a 3,500-calorie deficit leads to about 1 pound of fat loss.
Treadmills for Weight Loss
Walking casually on the treadmill won't have much slimming effect, so be prepared to powerwalk or jog for significant results. In half an hour, a 155-pound person burns 122 calories walking at 3 mph, 226 calories walking at 4.5 mph and 432 calories running at 6 mph. Walking uphill burns calories faster and will also provide more glute toning to help shape your buttock muscles.
Ellipticals for Weight Loss
The elliptical machine offers a range of resistance levels. The highest ones will burn the most calories and provide the best glute-toning benefits. Going faster also increases your calorie burn, so keep a brisk pace for best results. The average half-hour session on the elliptical trainer burns about 335 calories for a 155-pound person, although that number will vary according to the intensity of your workout.
Stick With Your Program
For successful, lasting weight loss, the American Council on Exercise recommends performing cardio exercise an hour per day, most days of the week. You can use the elliptical machine or treadmill, hike, jog, box, perform martial arts or go for a bike ride, among other options. Along with cardio, perform strength-training exercises such as lifting weights or doing Pilates two or three times per week, incorporating all major muscle groups into your routine. If you don't already exercise, see your doctor before starting a new program.