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To calorie count or not to calorie count?

  • Posted by Catherine Tumelty
  • 25 February 2013

We all know that keeping track of and shedding calories is a key contributor when it comes to losing weight and toning up. So, how helpful are calorie counters on machines when it comes to actually knowing how many calories you’re burning?

A common mistake that many people make when using exercise equipment with a calorie counter, such as an elliptical trainer or treadmill, is that they work their workout around having to burn x amount of calories and stop their workout routine when they reach that amount.

If you’re working out this way, stop! There’s something you must know.

More often than not the calorie counter on these machines are incorrect because everyone works out differently and everyone has their own unique body weight and height. Even more tedious is the fact that simple things like gripping the handle of the equipment too hard can slow your calorie count on these machines, or if you hold it too light, it shows that you’re losing them faster. As a result, if you’re treating this count as pure truth, you are fooling yourself into thinking that you’re losing more calories than you actually are. 

Elliptical Trainers made a comment on one of their posts about calorie counting. They said that the readout that the equipment gives you of how many calories you’ve burned should be used as a “benchmark, but rely on your own personal feeling about the progress you are making”. This is a good tool to use if you do depend upon calorie counting as a way of knowing how much fat you are burning. By using calorie counting as a guide and benchmark, you are able to generalize. How does (or doesn’t) calorie counting help you when it comes to weight loss? Hit us up below peeps! ;-)