Friday, February 19, 2010
I found this title on one of the message boards. I believe it is a haunting question that plagues a great percentage of dieters. I believe that cheat days are a sabotage of eating habits I have been trying diligently to build for a future lifestyle change. If I "cheat" with food I am trying to put in my past it is akin to an alcoholic falling off the wagon to take one drink/s on a predetermined day. One cheat day leads to another, and more often than not it leads to another then another...and then we're back on the food merry-go-round. I have been down this road to many times. I am certainly no puritan because I will cheat from time to time, but I will not set up an actual regular weekly cheat day. There is one exception however, see last paragraph)
When I hit my goal, and I will, I will go out and have an In-N-Out burger (maybe 2,3,4...??) At that time I will be on my 10,000+ mile motorcycle road trip. While in California I need an infusion of In-N-Out Burgers (Double-Doubles). The restaurant is not located in Oregon (thankfully for me). I am reserving my cheat "time" for May 7, 2010 in Redding CA. on Dana Ave. However if I have not reached by goal by then I will have to ride on by, and it will be painful. Last year I was able to eat plenty of Double-Double burgers on my road trip and after 30 days I still lost 5 lbs. The road trip was grueling and took a lot of energy. The problem is when I got back from the trip I forgot to get back on the "diet wagon". However when I get back off coming trip I will have to put my man-pants(the ones that have willpower) back on the "Diet wagon" and "Fitness-Wagon" routine.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today I did another test, my HRM vs Gym Equipment. First of all I need to explain that I have set-up my monitor with all my personal statistics, age, weight....etc. My BMR is 2073 calories/day.
My first test was, 70 minutes, on the recumbent bike. I am doing interval training, where my fat burning range is at 60% 116 bpm to 80% 136 bpm. My maximum bpm is 140. For the entire workout I would not let my bpm go below 120 with a high of 155 bpm. The bike HRM and my personal HRM were generally at or near the same reading of bpm's.
The results: Recumbent bike showed 442 calories burned and my HRM showed 1112 calories burned. That is a difference of 670 calories! This is a major difference.
I decided to discuss the problem with the Manager/Master Trainer of my 24 Hour fitness. I ask him, should I believe the gym machine calories or my HRM? He immediately said "Do not trust the equipment reading". I told him that there is a reading difference of 620 calories. He, being the salesmen he is, as me if I was wearing the BodyBugg? I told him I was wearing a multi-function HRM "The Sharper Image All-In-One" along with a chest strap and wrist band that shows I burned 1112 calories in 70 minutes of interval training on the recumbent bike. He quickly indicated my HRM was wrong. He said he runs the "Bootcamp" at my 24Hour fitness where he works the members hard for 60 minutes. He said they barely reach a 500 calorie burn. My reply to him, from my research on SparkPeople, that the strength exercises he includes in the workout does not reflect an accurate calorie burn. The main calorie burn is from aerobic exercise. He somewhat agreed with me but then He proceeded to tell me that the BodyBugg calculates it readings from body stats, body heat, moisture, heart rate...etc and plugs it all in a formula that is 92% accurate. I indicated to him that I worked out continuously on cardio for 70 minutes from moderate to vigorous. It would be understandable that my 70 minute workout should show higher calorie burn than his bootcamp program had a mix of strength and cardio. Basically the conversation ended there with nothing resolved about my situation. I told him I would check further into the BodyBugg or similar brands that purport to do the same.
My quandary is, do I take my HRM back for a refund and get a more expensive one such as the BodyBugg, Polar, Gamin....etc. I would hope that my current HRM is calibrated properly as compared to other brands on the market.
I would like to hear from anyone if they have tried to do a similar test as I have preformed. If you have worked out on a piece of equipment with a readout of BPM and Calorie counter and compared them to your HRM.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I don't think this will be Blog cheating? But here is a comment I made on a Message Board under Nutrition and Fitness regarding Heart Rate Monitors. The following is some of my observations along with a SparkMail I received from Kara. (Hopefully Kara you don't mind me using your email to me). The post and conversations as follows:
02/10/10 10:29 AM, My Post on Nutrition & Fitness Board, "Heart Rate Monitor": I am on my 3rd day with my new HRM. I am not convinced I like it that well, but it does seem to work well. Yesterday I decided I would wear it for 24 hours just to see how many calories would register. With a 45 min. "fat burn zone 2" workout, and a few strength exercises the monitor shows 5454 calories burned. May be a little more since I found the monitor not registering from time to time. The chest strap I had to make sure it was damp as to keep a good contact. Plus I don't if contact was complete throughout the night while sleeping.
From this day forward I will use it for work-out only since the chest strap tends to become a little uncomfortable after a while. The monitor is from The Sharper Image All-In-One and only cost $39.99 from Costco. I wanted to get a lesser expensive model to see if I would be committed to using it. I may step up later for a more expensive on, Polor F6, or BodyBugg, when I know I am in full commitment.
02/10/10 SparkMail from Kara:
---------- KARAMARIE27 wrote: ----------
My name is Kara. I read your response about your Heart Rate Monitor registering over 5,000 calories burned. I bought one and felt like it was lying to me. I went for a hike that spark people would consider a 600 cal burn, but my HRM registered over 1000. Should I be wearing it all day and be trying to hit a particular calorie burn instead of just for workouts? I'm so confused by the thing :)
02/10/10 My response to Kara: Kara I am no expert on the HRM but I am learning as I go. Yesterday I found a similar calorie burn situation you found. I rode the recumbent bike for 42 minutes yesterday. I noted the calorie counter showed 900 before starting my workout and ended at 1400, showing a calorie burn of 500 where the recumbent bike showed 250 calories burned and sparkpeople gives me over 700 calories. My conclusion is I will use the calorie count from my machine for the exercise itself. Since your body burns calories by just sitting around or going about daily chores may count for the additional calories over 250. Today I will do the same workout but will start the calorie counter at "0". What ever I come up with as a count I will try to justify by doing more research.
Finally to answer your question about wearing it all day, I personally don't think it is necessary on a continuous basis unless it is a critical for health reasons. . As long as I stick to my diet, calorie intake and cardio exercise I should make progress. But by wearing the monitor for a full 24 hours did give me a baseline to work from. I took the HRM calorie count and subtracted the workout calories of 250 to come up with my baseline. In this case my baseline is around 4800 calories. Any workout calories I have I will add to that figure. At this time I am not confident I will use the HRM on a continuous basis in the far future, but will continue in the near future to make sure I am in a fat burning zone. The treadmill and recumbent bike both have heart rate monitors that match my HRM. The gym equipment I am confident that the machine will show me the fat burning zone I need to be. My HRM will be a great help on equipment that does not have a heart rate monitor.
The bottom line for me: The most reliable tools I have found is the bathroom scale and a tape measure. They don't lie.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Back to my regular workout routine after a short illness period. But with a few small changes. I have added another 45 min to my cardio workout. I have increased from 30 min. up to 75 min. I plan on adding more minutes later to round it off to 90 min. I may add in about 15 min. of circuit traing starting this Monday. Wish there was a good way to track the calories burned.
Hopefully my scales will show more results....soon!!
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