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4/14/20 4:24 A

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Thought I'd give an update. I've been using the calories burned given by my exercise bike, the lower estimate, for the past couple of weeks, and have lost pretty much exactly 2 pounds per week, as I would expect if that estimate is correct. So I think the machine estimate is pretty accurate after all. Good to know! emoticon

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3/24/20 10:47 P

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Thanks for the advice! I think I'm going with the low numbers for now and will watch the scale over the next couple of weeks to see if I'm losing the expected 2 lb/week or if I'm losing more than that. If I seem to be losing too fast then I'll switch to the higher estimate.

And yes, I totally agree. Diet is the most important thing here so I'm glad that part of the equation is simple enough to keep track of emoticon

As you hold on... as long as you do what's in your heart... I believe you can do the right thing.


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3/24/20 10:40 P

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Yes, both methods involved entering my weight. The exercise bike does give me a distance per hour, which usually lands in the 13-14 miles range. So when I track it on Spark, for example, I choose "Stationary Bike, less than 12 mph (moderate)" to be on the safe side, and even then it gives me a calories burned total that is about double what the machine gives.

It wouldn't bother me so much if it wasn't a several-hundred calorie discrepancy, haha. I'd just like to know whether my exercise program is adding only a couple hundred or several hundred to what I can eat in a day.

As you hold on... as long as you do what's in your heart... I believe you can do the right thing.


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NIRERIN Posts: 14,748
3/23/20 8:39 P

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Did either method make you input your stats first? Does your machine give you a distance for that hour that you spend on it?

-google first. ask questions later.

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3/23/20 7:37 P

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I would personally go with the lower numbers.
IF you like, you can split the difference.

Bottom line is that exercise is great, but weight loss is a result of what and how much you eat.

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3/23/20 5:24 P

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Hey all! emoticon

I've just recently committed myself to a healthier lifestyle after entering the obese BMI range for the first time in my life. I feel great so far, but I'm having some trouble factoring my calories burned during exercise into my plan.

I have a Schwinn 270 recumbent bike and use it daily for 60 minutes at what I would consider a light-to-moderate pace. For this, a variety of online cardio trackers tell me I've burned in the 500-600 range of calories, but the machine only gives me 200-300! That seems low to me, about how much I'd burn walking, which doesn't feel like nearly as much of a workout as the bike.

I have read the FAQ for "Should I use the Cardio Tracker or my machine to figure out how many calories my exercise burned?" but I have an additional complication. The FAQ recommends using a heart rate monitor, but I am on beta-blocker medication for a heart condition and it suppresses my heart rate. The doctor assures me that this does not affect calories burned, but does, however, make heart monitor calorie calculations inaccurate.

Any advice on what to do here? I know I probably shouldn't worry too much about it, as I'll lose weight either way. But I don't want to either work my body too hard or be too lax and delay my goals.

As you hold on... as long as you do what's in your heart... I believe you can do the right thing.


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