Using the stair stepper helps you burn calories to lose fat all over your body.

Does the Stair Stepper Help to Lose Weight on the Hips?

by William McCoy

If you find your pants a little snug because of the fat around your hips, the time has come to hit the gym, burn some calories and build a healthier body. When the gym's treadmill and stationary bike are occupied, set your sights on the stair stepper. Compared to other pieces of gym equipment, it doesn't burn calories at a very fast rate, but by using it regularly, you can bid farewell to those jiggly hips.

Spot Reduction

Approaching your workout with realistic goals can help you achieve success, and before you climb on the stair stepper, you must understand that no single type of exercise can help you specifically target fat in a particular area. The belief that you can burn fat in specific areas, which is known as spot reduction, is not possible, according to The American Council on Exercise. Exercise burns calories to promote fat loss all over your body. So, provided you use the stair stepper enough, it can lead to the loss of fat around your hips and elsewhere.

Losing Weight

Although people typically say they want to lose weight, it's more accurate to say their goal is fat loss, which occurs when a person is able to consistently burn more calories than she eats and drinks. This process is called creating a calorie deficit and, according to, you'll lose one pound of fat upon creating a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. Don't try to create this deficit quickly -- it is safe to lose one to two pounds per week. This is equal to a daily calorie deficit between 500 and 1,000 calories.

Stair Stepper Calories Burned

Frequent exercise is one of the keys to creating a calorie deficit for fat loss. According to Harvard Medical School, a 185-pound person burns 266 calories during a 30-minute workout on the stair stepper. This rate is comparatively moderate -- the same person burns 466 calories while vigorously pedaling the exercise bike for 30 minutes. Still, if you commit to using the stair stepper on a consistent basis, it can help you lose fat.

Fat-Loss Considerations

The other part of creating a calorie deficit is monitoring your intake of calories. If you eat a high-calorie diet, even regular exercise won't likely lead to a calorie deficit. If you have trouble cutting calories from your diet, increase your amount of exercise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 300 minutes of aerobic exercise per week if you wish to lose weight.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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