# The problem with a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) could be...

### Monday, January 17, 2011

... counting the calories twice.

I am not sure this will sound intelligent but I am going to try to explain myself. You could be counting the calories burned twice. This would really throw off your deficit for the day.

In the Daily Differential of Reports (under My Tools) I noticed that BMR* has that asterisk * by it and went back to check it out.

Here is what it said when I found the *:

*BMR

BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the number of calories your body burns on a daily basis to perform its basic tasks like breathing and pumping blood. The BMR calculation is based on your age and weight and accounts for a sedentary lifestyle. The BMR in the chart above has been multiplied by 1.2 to account for the calories you need for both basal metabolic functions and light activity outside of exercise (such as light walking on the job, desk-work, and running errands.) Please note that BMR is not a perfect measure.

So we all need to make sure that when we count our cardio, that it really is cardio and not just light walking on the job, or desk-work, etc.

When I was struggling last winter 2009-10, I was counting housework and it is already calculated in - same with walking around the grocery store pushing a food cart.

If you are using the numbers from your HRM and losing weight - WooHoo! Go for it!!

But if you're not losing weight - this could be part of the problem.

Just a little FYI to earn my daily blog points