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Old 05-13-08, 04:43 PM   #1
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Woah, my commute burns 1300 cals!!

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php

I'm burning 650 cals both ways.

pretty sweet sauce.
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Old 05-13-08, 04:47 PM   #2
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808 (state!) calories total.

Being 6'0" and 135#, I could care less
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Old 05-13-08, 04:54 PM   #3
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I'm 5'10 and 159.

I wanna lose a bit
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Old 05-13-08, 04:56 PM   #4
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808 (state!) calories total.

Being 6'0" and 135#, I could care less
I feel compelled to make you a sammich.

Seriously, I think my skeleton weighs more than that.
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Old 05-13-08, 05:00 PM   #5
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According to my HRM, i burn about 600 each way. 11.5 miles.
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I'm 5'10 and 159.

I wanna lose a bit
At 5'9" and 195, I don't get that. If I hit 170, I'm going to start eating more.

My commute burns about 1180 calories.
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Old 05-13-08, 06:41 PM   #7
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My non-HR monitor 'puter says I burned more calories going down the big hill than I did on the entire rest of my commute
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It also says i burn 286 calories per hour while skydiving. Which involves 30 min of sittign in a plane, 1 min of freefall which is just laying there, and 2 min of hanging under my chute while i fly it into a landing. Somehow i doubt i burn many more calories than sitting on the couch.
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I feel compelled to make you a sammich.

Seriously, I think my skeleton weighs more than that.
I used to weigh 130# before taking up cycling, which makes me the only person in history to GAIN weight from it. I have calves now.
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I supposedly burn 843 calories. With the calculator I used, I lose .24 of a pound each day I ride. I've made this commute approximately 500 times.

I don't understand why I don't weigh 85 pounds instead of the 205 at which I presently tip the scales.

Or maybe it's the reason I weigh 205 instead of 325.
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It also says i burn 286 calories per hour while skydiving. Which involves 30 min of sittign in a plane, 1 min of freefall which is just laying there, and 2 min of hanging under my chute while i fly it into a landing. Somehow i doubt i burn many more calories than sitting on the couch.
Sweet!

For me, for biking, it looks like a drastic overestimation of calories burned, at least based on past records of calories in and weight uh maintained...
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Old 05-13-08, 10:02 PM   #12
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Garmin says...

1250 calories going to work and 800 coming home. So it takes into account my heart rate, which reflects the hills. So over 2000 calories, I should be leaving a visible grease slick behind me.

I need to set up a video camera. Maybe I am sleep eating.
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It over estimates IMHO.
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I will use 425 calories for a 7.5 mile (one way) commute as a guideline. I don't see how they can possibly take a 2 mile, 5% grade and treat it as a 2 mile flat, or downhill for that matter.
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I have calves now.
Me too! I actually look good in shorts now, legs are 100% muscle from my hill climbs!

5'10" 160lbs - calculated 90 cal's burned, one way, for my commute. I don't think it took into consideration the 2 hills I have to conquer to get to my office... I'll fwd this to my bud - an adventure racer, that does 70 mi runs for fun, and see what he calculates...
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Old 05-14-08, 06:24 AM   #16
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It over estimates IMHO.
Maybe so. It says I burn 1400 calories daily, but I have actually gained a couple of pounds lately...
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Well if you're gaining you're probably overeating to fuel your active metabolism.

I've been eating a bit more.


And you can't really lose weight if you just have leg muscles you have to be toned to burn fat.
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Old 05-14-08, 08:31 AM   #18
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My gestimate is I am burning around 1500 or so calories on my 32 mile RT with a major and few minor hills. I am sure eating like a pig !
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I only burn about 200 each way on my 2 mile commute, but daily, i estimate i ride about 20 miles, or at least an hour, so probably around 1500 daily.

And since i started biking, I've been eating a hell of a lot more. I'm hungry a whole lot more often now.
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This doesn't take into account hills. Every day I go up (and down) anywhere from 4 to 8 hills. I think the hills take more energy than the rest of the ride, even though they are only ~75 foot elevation gain.

So--I think the calculator estimate is low!
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I figure it at 350kcal for my 8.5mi commute. 700 a day.


edit: I used the bicycle calculator from the OP and it first told me I was going to fast for the calculator (it only allows up to 17.5mph) and when I fudged my numbers to get a speed it works with it reported 487 kcal x2 = 974kcal. Too high.

Then I used the activity calculator, selected cycling >20mph for 25mph = 559kcal x2 = 1120kcal. No way I burn that much.

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I figure mine at 1200 figuring on a little polar HR cal inflation. Still, thats a Chipotle burrito brothers! Since I am trying to lose weight it is not a Chipotle burrito though. Once I hit 175 it may be (I'm 6'2" so that is my goal but I would be happy with 180, 194 now).
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1700 per day, about. I'm starving. I'll probably eat over 2000 calories for lunch today. (Company provided lunch on Wednesdays.) Then another 1500 for dinner, plus some ice cream for a few hundred more. I eat to ride and ride to eat. Not losing any weight, but I'm slowly trading the winter fat for some muscle.

Putting fuel in myself is a lot more fun than putting fuel in the car. (Provided it's the right kind of fuel for each, of course.)
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Dont mean to rain on parades here but some of those calculators are BS.

My friend had a Body Bug which she put in her weight, height, and it measured her body heat and heart rate ... and she burned far less actual calories than what the treadmills and online calculators all said she did.

Eat what you eat and what fuels you through the day ... Just dont take those online calculators as golden fact!

(egs, it said she should burn about 450 calories in her spin class, according to her body bug it was closer to the lower 300s.)
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Old 05-14-08, 11:32 AM   #25
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Many calorie counters are inaccurate. I wouldn't put much stock in them.
Typically, it takes an hour to burn 500 calories running. Cycling's demand is much less.
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