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REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,387)
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1/20/13 4:27 P

Yes it is! Just look at your weight loss over time to make sure you are still eating enough to support the activity, because there are negative effects if you eat too little. Don't necessarily stress about eating the "appropriate amount for the calories burned" but if you find yourself shedding weight too quickly, add in some more fresh fruit or almonds to help get that into a reasonable weight loss rate.

JILLO137 SparkPoints: (8,170)
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1/20/13 3:54 P

Thank you all so much for your answers. I'll just take something like the average value. I actually think it is more important just to do the workout instead of worrying how many calories you burned.
I don't know why, but if I think to much about how many calories I burned I always just wanna eat and think: "I burned so and so many calories, and now I can eat whatever I want". hahahah that's definitely the wrong attitude.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/13 3:43 P


The calorie readout on machines tend to have a large margin of error, but just know that they, along with any calorie calculator, is just an estimate of calories burn. Below is a link to an Ask the Experts response that may help you understand, as well.

Coach Nancy

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,387)
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1/20/13 3:35 P

It IS possible if you have the appropriate body weight, especially if you are going as hard as possible. However, most gym equipment will overestimate calories burned because the formulas they use are derived from their test subjects, which are going to have a lot different "Stats" than you will.

Typically, if the machine does not ask for your age, gender, and weight- and especially if it doesn't take heart rate- don't use their approximations. Use SparkPeople's.

JILLO137 SparkPoints: (8,170)
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1/20/13 3:25 P

I'm a little bit confused about the calories I apparently burn on the elliptical. The machine "shows" me that I burn around 600 calories when I use the elliptical for 30 min (intense). But is that even possible?? I feel like that almost can't be true, but otherwise why would the machine "tell" me so when it's wrong??


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