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8/5/11 10:07 P

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Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

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8/5/11 4:11 P

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I use my polar heart rate monitor for any type of exercise - I think it is accurate, whether running sprints, jogging long distance or lifting weights. Then I double dose it, when I run, because I run with my nike+ - so I have my calorie count from my heart rate monitor and the nike plus - they are pretty close.

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8/4/11 3:27 P

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Jeff I use a Garmin too.

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8/4/11 2:57 P

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Wow, I really don't spend a great deal of time tracking down to the very calorie burned. I just do a generalization. But it is an interesting topic. You got me wondering now.

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8/4/11 12:14 P

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Hi I also use my garmin. I think it is more acurate than spark because the spark tracker rounds everything off whereas the garmin doesn't. Well except when it tells you your average pace etc...

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8/4/11 11:38 A

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Hi Jeff,

I also use my Garmin's calories burned number for tracking. It is usually quite a bit higher than Spark's number. I don't think it matters as long as you are consistent and use the same method all the time.

Then you can know your net calorie need in order to lose a pound or so a week.

Calories Consumed - Calories Burned leaves your Net Calories

What number does this have to be for consistent weight loss or maintenance.

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8/4/11 10:36 A

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Hi, Jeff -

I wear a BodyBugg. It's calibrated to me and gives me a good idea of what I'm burning minute by minute. It's helped me tinker with my program to get maximum calorie burns, as I have a lot of weight to lose still.

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8/4/11 9:48 A

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Hey Jeff,

I use a Garmin which measures calories expended and then manually enter that into my fitness tracker. If you do not have a device that will do so, I would take the average for the whole distance and time. It will be close enough, but use your hunger as your guide. If you find yourself truly hungry then you may want to add in say an extra 100 calories and see how you feel.

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8/4/11 9:33 A

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I'm not real, real obsessive about tracking calories, but I do wonder about how everyone tracks their running. Specifically:

*How do you measure calories burned for interval runs (runs with significant different paces)? or do you just average the whole distance and time?

*Do I burn more calories per time unit since I'm so big? - 6'5" 221lbs

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