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INNER_PEACE SparkPoints: (181)
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11/29/12 1:42 P

Thanks JURASSICSUE. That's exactly what I was having problems trying to understand. :) I changed the number manually after figuring out what I'm actually burning. :)

JURASSICSUE Posts: 388
11/29/12 12:18 P

Hi there and you're not the only one who is confused by those calculations that the goal setter will do for you. My main exercise is walking. I do about two miles a day. That takes 40 minutes. But if I put the daily 40 minutes into my goals for the week, SP will assume that I am... oh I don't know... carrying my grandmother around on my back as I'm walking.... or maybe uprooting trees with my bare hands as I go down the road...
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Seriously though:
It calculates that 40 minutes exercise 6 times per week will burn 1730 calories. But actually, if I track 6 x 40 minutes walking at my speed it will show I've burned 1070 calories. So I would never meet my goal, and it sounds like that might be what's happening to you. I think the goal setter assumes a calorie-burning rate that is higher than I am actually working at.

What I've found is that you can either
1) put fewer minutes into your goal setting calculations (for me about 25 minutes is about right) so that the SP estimate of how many calories you will burn through exercise is correct.
or
2) work out how many calories you burn doing the amount of exercise you're doing - 1070 in my example - and put that number manually into the goal setting calcs. (The page I mean is called "Program Setup : Edit Fitness Goals")

This is SO much easier to show than to explain in writing - my hands are sort of flying around in the air as I'm trying to think of the words to use!

Hope it helps though.
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Sue

PS Don't forget that, at the end of the day, it's the fact you're doing exercise that matters, that's the thing to be proud of!
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Edited by: JURASSICSUE at: 11/29/2012 (12:20)
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11/28/12 4:52 P

Thanks, ZEDMAY. That makes a lot of sense to me. I actually feel pretty silly for panicking over a silly number.

ZEDMAY Posts: 41
11/28/12 4:28 P

Don't stress about the calories burned number if you are just getting started. Those numbers are just an estimate anyway as SparkPeople doesn't know your heart rate or other factors that you would need for a 100% accurate calorie burn. There are lots of other ways to measure your improved fitness level:

1. Try doing benchmarks each month. E.g. how many sit ups/push ups/step ups/etc. can you do in a minute? As long as those numbers improve, you know you are getting healthier.

2. Increase time/speed on the treadmill gradually over time.

3. Measure different parts of your body, not just your weight on the scale. You may lose inches as you tone up with exercise though the number on the scale stays the same.

4. Reflect on your workouts a few times a month. Celebrate when you are able to do more than you could before, but also pay attention if things start to feel easy and change up the intensity.

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11/28/12 2:25 P

Thanks ARCHIMEDESII. :) He does weigh more.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (139,567)
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11/28/12 1:52 P

1) At the same speed on the treadmill, my boyfriend burns 144 calories/20min while I burn 123 calories/20min (according to Spark Fitness Tracker). Why am I burning less when we're going the same speed and putting in the same time? I'm guessing it's because of height/starting weight differences?

Does he weigh more than you ? If so, that's why. Let's put two people on a treadmill, both running at 5 mph for 20 mins. One person weighs 200 pounds and the other weighs 150 pounds. The heavier person will burn more calories because it takes more energy (calories) to move the extra weight.

As you lose weight, you're going to notice that your calorie burn decreases. That's because it's going to take fewer calories to do the same workout carrying less weight.


JKAYASHFORD SparkPoints: (4,136)
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11/28/12 1:44 P

Im a newbie too and this site is great for questions and support and encouragement.

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11/28/12 1:34 P

Thanks, ZORBS13 and CALLMECARRIE. :) I'm still amazed at how quickly people jump to help others on this site. Truly wonderful and a refreshing change!

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
11/28/12 1:27 P

Ditto. Go to your fitness page and click on Fitness Setup towards the top. You can put in your own goals. If you just started and you're doing 20 minutes six days a week, you're doing well. It takes time. Love your inner peace doggie. :)

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11/28/12 1:21 P

change your weekly CALORIES BURNED goal to something manageable for you, not time.

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11/28/12 1:06 P

Thanks ZORBS13. I'm going 20min of cardio 6 days a week for now. Later I'll be fixing my schedule for some strength training.

The thing I'm confused about is that after setting up this 20min cardio/6 day routine in my fitness tracker, I still won't be hitting the Weekly Goal of calories I should be burning. Even going 30min per session 6 days a week won't hit the Weekly Goal number. I was kind of hoping that number would kind of guide me and let me know I'm going in the right direction. I can't go any faster at the moment(because of my fitness level). Should I just ignore this number and just do my best? Work towards it?

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (99,736)
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11/28/12 12:52 P

" Why am I burning less when we're going the same speed and putting in the same time? I'm guessing it's because of height/starting weight differences? " yes.

2) change your weekly goal to something that is actually achievable for YOU.

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11/28/12 12:45 P

1) At the same speed on the treadmill, my boyfriend burns 144 calories/20min while I burn 123 calories/20min (according to Spark Fitness Tracker). Why am I burning less when we're going the same speed and putting in the same time? I'm guessing it's because of height/starting weight differences?

2) How am I supposed to achieve my weekly goal of Calories Burned when I can't even go the speed I need to (due to being new to working out) each day? Is that a number I should be able to reach each week right away, or just work up to it?

Thanks guys :)



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