I've done some comparative research on how many calories you burn during a dive and it can vary from 400-600 an hour. I thought it sounded like a lot too but then I thought about it a little. Our bodies work extra hard to keep warm, we are swimming (even if it is slow and only a little bit -- I hardly ever kick unless I am chasing a newbie down!) and we work other muscles to keep horizantal in the water. It does make sense.
I don't count scuba as my ONLY cardio but I do throw it in there on my tracker, which is why I burn three times the amount of calories I am supposed to a week. The weight has been coming off rather quickly though so diving must have something to do with it.
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I think a lot of the calorie burn from diving comes from keeping your body warm. I always eat way more on dive trips w/o gaining weight.
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When you enter scuba diving into SP's cardio tracker, their algorithm, calculates a really high value. I'm wary of using it as cardio minutes, as I find that my HR goes almost to a resting rate (53 bpm) when I am diving, and my air consumption is typically quite low already. I have found, however, that the exertions while gearing up and walking to the dive site raises my HR to approximately 110...and while not at optimal rates for "cardio" classification, definitely more beneficial than my dive time.
Edited by: BLUEC5KITTEN at: 11/18/2008 (10:08)
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If you used more than that many calories during the day, then the weigh loss is actually warranted.
Most likely, however, could the difference be in your level of hydration at both weigh-ins? For example, if you weigh yourself in the morning, one day maybe you slept for 6 hours and it was cool, and the next you slept 8 hours and it was hotter (and you perspired). Water weight comes and goes, just focus on the trend of your weight, which looks good so far, right? :)
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