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# COMMON CALORIE MISTAKE!!

### Thursday, May 09, 2013

All, i know that people, including myself, workout to create a deficit in calories, and thus, weightloss. But there is one common mistake some make and i though i should point it out - lets say you work out and burn 1000 calories. That doesnt mean you now have a 1000 calorie deficit. You have to take the difference between 1000 calories and what you would have burned at rest had you not worked out. So, your deficit that you created by your workout may only be, for example, 600 calories instead of 1000 - you get the picture. Yes, its hard to calculate what your resting burn rate is, but there are formulas online to try. I just want everyone to be aware that what you burn, is not TRULY your deficit. hope this helps!
• SQUIRRELMISSION
Thanks Dbergy, apparently i had trouble with my words - but you get it - thanks for the help!
1650 days ago
• DBERGY
pastafarian--- Hi

This is how I understand this...Please keep in mind... I am just throwing this out there... I don't know for sure.

In your scenario 100 calories/ hour resting is just that COMPLETE REST (no singing)

Singing would say burn 110/hour so you would actually burn an extra 10 calories an hour by the addition of singing.

She is saying that you have to subtract your activity (no matter what it is) from your RMR (resting metabolic rate)

So lets say you were bed ridden. (God Forbid) MOST people need around 1200 calories for their bodies to stay alive... heart beat, cell repair... you get the idea. This is about 50 cal/hour.

So lets say you aren't bed ridden (which I hope you aren't) you might need around 80 calories/hour just to "maintain" your weight. Keep in mind this is just a scenario.

Now add in exercise. Let's say you go for a very easy walk, and you burn 100 cal/hour... IN THEORY you are creating a 20 to 50 calorie/hour deficit... NOT 100 calories as people suppose.

Many times people think, "Oh, I burned 100 calories today, I can have an extra snack." when in reality it isn't true.

I don't know. This is JUST how I understand it. Please correct me if I am wrong.
1653 days ago
• DBERGY
I had trouble wrapping my head around this concept as well.

Awhile back I found something that helped me. Maybe it will help explain what you are trying to say.

http://www.caloriesperh
our.com/tutorial_need.php
1653 days ago

Comment edited on: 5/10/2013 12:47:25 PM
• PASTAFARIAN
Consider the following simple scenario:

100 calories/hour = my resting burn rate per hour
100 calories/hour = singing per hour (or some other easy activity)

According to you, I'll burn 100 *total* calories in that hour of singing. But how can that be when I was going to burn 100 calories in that hour even without singing? I'm singing without burning any additional calories?

Or try it with humming which is even easier (50 cals/hour). According to you, now I'm burning less calories than if I did nothing.

Either you're wrong or I'm misunderstanding you. Do you have a reference to back up your claim (and that might explain it better)?
1654 days ago
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