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4/10/13 8:55 A

Thanks for all the responses! I feel much better now. I just was getting a little worried because when I do work out and burn a ton of calories I try to eat a little more that day, and trying to figure out how much more I should be eating. In the past when I have tried dieting I wasn't always eating more to compensate for what I was doing in the gym that day. And then I would start to plateau and get frustrated. Thanks for the suggestions!

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4/10/13 1:37 A

Here's a Spark article about that:

And here's what they DON'T tell you about their magnetic machine entries (exercycle and elliptical) that are hugely inflated:

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 4/10/2013 (01:39)

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4/9/13 11:22 P

Both SP and those machines are just giving you an estimate. Personally I wouldn't put too much faith in either being really accurate. Like another said if you want a more precise idea of what you're burning you need a high quality heart rate monitor.

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4/9/13 10:24 P

I've always ignored the gym machines and used SP tracker just because it was easier than trying to manually enter everything. When working out, I focus more on the minutes I put into a workout and gave it my all the whole time, so I knew I was getting my time in. I've lost quite a bit of weight this way, so it worked for me, but every person is different.

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4/9/13 8:40 P

I suggest a heart rate monitor. It is just another estimate, but I think it's a little more accurate than machines and SP's fitness tracker. If that isn't an option, go with the smaller of the two numbers so that you're not overestimating calories burned.

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4/9/13 7:58 P

When you are working out in the gym, are you finding that the machines are telling you a different number of calories burned than when you log them into your fitness tracker? I feel like Sparkpeople is telling me that I am burning a LOT more calories than the gym machines are telling me. Don't get me wrong, I would love it if I was burning that many calories, but I'm just not sure if I really am or not. Which one should I go by?? Any help is appreciated :)

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