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Doctor insights on: Is There Machine That Counts Calories

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Can you tell me how reliable are exercise machines that measure calories?

Can you tell me how reliable are exercise machines that measure calories?

Not at all: Remember there are so many factors that go into an accurate calculation of caloric expenditure, expect that the number reported from a machine may be 20% of more off. Why so high, remember that most machines actually include your resting metabolic rate in the numbers reported(which is the number of calorie your body uses just to survive), on top of the estimated calories burned during exercise. ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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Can the elliptical machine really work at burning calories?

Can the elliptical machine really work at burning calories?

Definitely: An elliptical machine engages many different muscle groups at the same time. This is good for achieving an effective work-out, and yes a calorie-burning effort. For similar reasons, swimming is also an excellent form of exercise. ...Read more

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What are the ways that exercise machines calculate the amount of calories burned?

What are the ways that exercise machines calculate the amount of calories burned?

By a formula: Typically you would punch in your gender and age at the beginning. Depending on the type of exercise, there is estimates for the amount of calories burned per minute- for example, it may be that a certain treadmill reports that at a 4% incline at 4.5mph for a 38 year old male may burn 7 calories per minute (as an example only) this is all estimated; individual results will vary. ...Read more

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How many calories would a 200lb male burn while using an eliptical machine for 30mins?

How many calories would a 200lb male burn while using an eliptical machine for 30mins?

Around 516: There are calculators available on the internet to help you figure out how many calories you burn with different activities based on your weight and how long you do the activity, such as this one from healthstatus: http://www.Healthstatus.Com/calculate/cbc if you plug in your numbers, you get 516 calories burned. ...Read more

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Elliptical machines says I've burned 500 calories. But I am not sweating at all. Is this possible? Am I still burning calories/fat?

Elliptical machines says I've burned 500 calories. But I am not sweating at all. Is this possible? Am I still burning calories/fat?

Not necessarily: The complex formula for energy expended during a routine activity is most often incorrect. It is good for a relative reading on you from time to time doing the same thing. Much depends on your weight, height, ambient temperature, speed and conditioning to begin with. Use the number for comparison on the same machine for only your body. ...Read more