Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

 
Message Boards
FORUM:   Fitness and Exercise
TOPIC:  

How are calories burned calculated?



Click here to read our frequently asked Fitness and Exercise questions.

 
  Reply Create A New Topic
Search the
Message Boards:
Search
  I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

Author: Message: Sort First Post on Top


SPARK_COACH_JEN
SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo Posts: 55,268
6/11/14 1:14 P

SparkPeople Team Member

SPARK_COACH_JEN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It does make sense, but like the previous poster said, the amount of calories we're talking about is likely very small, so it shouldn't be an issue. You can also change your program setup so that your calorie range is based on a calories burned goal instead of being based on how much exercise you're tracking. That way your range is the same every day instead of changing when you log your exercise. To do that, click on Account Preferences at the top left of your Start page and you can change it from there.

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."


LIZABET13
LIZABET13's Photo Posts: 128
6/11/14 9:34 A

LIZABET13's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm wondering because my nutrition tracker just started adding calories based upon my calories burned exercising. I don't want to double count my calories burned, therefore increasing my calories consumed, if the numbers aren't correct.

Does that make sense?



 current weight: 190.4 
 
250
227.5
205
182.5
160


MOTIVATED@LAST
MOTIVATED@LAST's Photo Posts: 13,966
6/10/14 9:37 P

MOTIVATED@LAST's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The standard convention for counting exercise calories (whether by HRM, online calculator, or in a lab) is to include your underlying metabolism as well, as this is part of the total load on your heart and lungs.

However, when calculating your total burn, yes there is a slight double count - a BMR of 1900 represents about 80 calories per hour. For short intense exercise, the double count is insignificant - probably less than the margin of error in a calorie estimate anyway. For long duration cardio, (2-3 hours) the double count is more significant.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


 current weight: 178.0 
 
220
203.5
187
170.5
154


SPARK_COACH_JEN
SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo Posts: 55,268
6/10/14 1:17 P

SparkPeople Team Member

SPARK_COACH_JEN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The calculations don't take out the number of calories you'd be burning normally during the time you're exercising. So in a sense, there is some double-counting happening, but unless you're exercising for very long periods of time, it's not likely to make much of a difference overall.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."


LIZABET13
LIZABET13's Photo Posts: 128
6/10/14 11:22 A

LIZABET13's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm wondering if calories burned are those burned in addition to your basic metabolic rate or does calories burned include those calories from your BMR?

Example:

1900 calories (BMR) + 300 calories (1 hr cardio) = 2200 calories burned for the day
-or-
1900 calories (BMR) + 300 calories - (calories already accounted for in BMR) = ????





 current weight: 190.4 
 
250
227.5
205
182.5
160


 
Page: 1 of (1)  
Search  

I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Report Innappropriate Post


Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=33832103

Review our Community Guidelines



 
Diet Resources: hand balance training | balance training seniors | balance training for seniors