Inflated calorie counters?

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    May 04, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    Do you guys think that the calorie counts on cardio machines are inflated???
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    May 04, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    nope...I think they're pretty accurate

    But I also think if you hang off the rails of a stair-master pulling yourself up you're not burning as many calories as it reads out, the same case applies if you turn the treadmill up to max and just allow you feet to touch and be swept out from beneath you.

    If you keep working pumping your arms and moving your weight you'll get the most benefit... once you pass 85-90% of your max heart rate it's pointless
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    May 04, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I don't know about inflated but I know that they sure do vary greatly. I don't think they're necessarily accurate but I tend to try and use the same machines and then that way I can just use it as a benchmark for my personal goal instead of a true measurement of burned calories.
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    May 04, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    I really think some of them are...like ellipticals. They have to stack the calories youre burning on those things. I always tell them I weigh 150 pounds to try to make them record less calorie burning.
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    May 04, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Stress can cause weight gain, and it can slow weight loss.
    If you're stressed about how many calories you're burning, you're being counterproductive.
    Just eat right, eat often, and workout/exercise a few times a week...and be patient.

    1.5 years ago I was heavier than you. icon_wink.gif
  • Daniepwils

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    May 10, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    yes they are inflated, deduct about 1/3 of the calories on those machines...
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    Oct 07, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • waccamatt

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    Oct 07, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    They're reasonably close as long as you're exercising correctly. Like an earlier poster stated, if you're hanging all over the machine and propping yourself up, the calorie counts will not be accurate.