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3/18/13 3:38 P

@Jennilacey: Although size may have some impact on calorie burn, the fact that you are working out regularly and your body has adapted to exercise and become much more efficient has had the real impact on calorie burn. That is why straight cardio alone becomes a vicious circle. You have to do it longer and longer (unless you start doing HITT) to have the same calorie burn.

I really don't understand why you think you need to get "more lean" before starting strength training. You should be incorporating that into your routine 3 times a week right now. It is an integral part of the whole fitness equation.

As an added bonus, the more muscle you build, the faster your metabolism becomes. Fat at rest does nothing. Muscle at rest is *still* burning calories. In addition, strength training also will help give you a more lean appearance.

Was there a reason why you aren't doing strength training?

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3/18/13 2:15 P

What we do doesn't matter. :)

Losing weight isn't about the calories you burn through exercise, although they are important, and absolutely help. It's about the calories you eat. No matter how much you choose to burn, you aim for roughly the same calorie deficit to lose weight... 500 per day, per pound. (More or less, depending on your goals.) If you work out more, you increase the calories you eat to support t hat. If you work out less, you reduce those calories.

Trying to burn more than your body is capable of losing per week safely just results in sabotage and slowed metabolism. ;) Burn what you enjoy, and can stick with. Trying to burn too much through intense workouts won't help you lose weight faster, and can result in you losing interest and literal burning out.

A good goal for weight loss is about 3% of your remaining weight loss goal per week. If you have more than 60 lbs to lose, you can aim for 2 lbs. At 50 lbs to lose, that means you can aim for 1.5 lbs per week. IF you have 20, that's about .5 lbs to lose. At 10 lbs, you can safely aim for .25 or so. If you try to lose 2 lbs per week with just 20 lbs to go, that's going to make it harder, and potentially result in slowing your metabolism and sabotaging your efforts.

Make sense?

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3/18/13 2:09 P

my calorie burn varies from 300 (total body circuits)- 580 (pure cardio) based on HRM. Before I got the HRM my calorie burn was overestimated by 100-300 calories per workout so my weightloss stalled b/c I was eating more when I wasn't really burning as much as initially thought.

Good luck

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3/18/13 11:17 A

It's difficult for me to burn a lot of calories in a workout now because I'm rather petite. When I first started working out I was burning around 400-600 cals per hour. Now, I burn around 300 per hour. I also plan on building muscle once I get a bit more lean (couple more pounds) so I'll have to cut back on my cals burned through cardio. I'm probably only going to do 2-3, 30 minute sessions of cardio/week just to keep up the health benefits.

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3/18/13 11:17 A

as long as you have an accurate estimate of your burn and input your weekly totals into your fitness calculator (so your nutrition adjusts) you should be fine burning whatever you burn as long as you adequately fuel yourself!

i burn anywhere from 200-300 on light days to 500-700 on heavier days, according to my hrm :)

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3/18/13 10:42 A

I'm new to working out and I'm curious about how many calories, on average, everyone else burns per workout. I just started Couch to 5K and also do strength training and extra time on the treadmill, so I average 420-600 calories per workout. Should I shoot for more? Less? What do YOU do?

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