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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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.
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.
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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