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January 14, 2014 5:19 PM
I have heard so many different things on how to burn a pound. Like, do a 1000 jumping jacks, which I doubt is true. Or jog for one hour. I guess I was just wondering what REALLY burns one pound. I really like the idea of trying to burn pound per pound. I know that 3500 calories is a pound so that is how many calories you have to burn to lose a pound. For instance, if 1000 jumping jacks DID burn one pound. I would try to do like 200 jumping jacks a day and in 5 days, I would have burned a pound. I really like this idea of losing weight but I just don't know where to start. Help? (:
January 14, 2014 5:21 PM
I have seen a few marathon runs that come close.
January 14, 2014 5:24 PM
You could do a million jumping jacks and not lose one pound if you eat too many calories.

Exercise doesn't burn body mass; calorie deficit does. You can lose weight doing zero exercise, or you can lose weight doing a ton of exercise.
  6438378
January 14, 2014 5:27 PM
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I guess I was just wondering what REALLY burns one pound.


A 200 lb person running 26 miles.

A 165 lb person cycling 75 miles.

A 300 lb person walking 40 miles.

Share with anyone who thinks dieting is "hard work".
Edited by Mr_Knight On January 14, 2014 5:29 PM
January 14, 2014 5:27 PM
1000 jumping jacks isn't even close. It would take me about 27 miles of running to get to 3500 calories, like 4.5 hours of constant running at 6mph.

I would just log the calories and celebrate after X days when your calories burned total 3500.
  20711900
January 14, 2014 5:29 PM
MFP says that if you do vigorous jumping jacks for an hour you will burn 757 calories. This is for a 200lb person. If you weigh less then you will not burn that many.

Also keep in mind that is probably a high estimate...
  48725410
January 14, 2014 5:32 PM
Look at it this way:

To create a 300-calorie deficit today, you can:

Run about 35 minutes at 6 mph
or
Skip the Snickers bar
  6438378
January 14, 2014 5:34 PM
QUOTE:

MFP says that if you do vigorous jumping jacks for an hour you will burn 757 calories. This is for a 200lb person. If you weigh less then you will not burn that many.


You need to back out BMR from that - so call it roughly 600 calories. And that sounds about right, assuming we all understand that "vigorous" means "keeping up with Shaun T".

Or put another way, you're looking at somewhere around 3500-4000 jumping jacks in that 60 minutes.
Edited by Mr_Knight On January 14, 2014 5:35 PM
January 14, 2014 5:41 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

MFP says that if you do vigorous jumping jacks for an hour you will burn 757 calories. This is for a 200lb person. If you weigh less then you will not burn that many.


You need to back out BMR from that - so call it roughly 600 calories. And that sounds about right, assuming we all understand that "vigorous" means "keeping up with Shaun T".

Or put another way, you're looking at somewhere around 3500-4000 jumping jacks in that 60 minutes.


Only 2900 more calories to burn!
  48725410
January 14, 2014 5:45 PM
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You could do a million jumping jacks and not lose one pound if you eat too many calories.

Exercise doesn't burn body mass; calorie deficit does. You can lose weight doing zero exercise, or you can lose weight doing a ton of exercise.

Yep, this.
January 14, 2014 5:45 PM
OK, so you have your answer. Run a marathon and loose a pound of fat.

Works every time.
January 14, 2014 5:52 PM
QUOTE:

OK, so you have your answer. Run a marathon and loose a pound of fat.

Works every time.


'Fraid not. Not many people are getting through a marathon without fueling along the way. If it takes you 4 hours to run, and you're consuming 250 calories/hour during the run, you've only netted 2/3 of a pound of fat.
January 14, 2014 5:55 PM
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QUOTE:

OK, so you have your answer. Run a marathon and loose a pound of fat.

Works every time.


'Fraid not. Not many people are getting through a marathon without fueling along the way. If it takes you 4 hours to run, and you're consuming 250 calories/hour during the run, you've only netted 2/3 of a pound of fat.


And not all the weight lost would necessarily be fat, you could lose muscle as well.

Bonus though - you will probably lose a few pounds of water weight along the way.
January 14, 2014 6:07 PM
Ride your bike a metric century (100 miles). Even with fueling along the way, it will burn well over a pound. Course, you have to train to get to that point, and you'll lose weight along the way. :)
January 14, 2014 6:12 PM
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QUOTE:

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OK, so you have your answer. Run a marathon and loose a pound of fat.

Works every time.


'Fraid not. Not many people are getting through a marathon without fueling along the way. If it takes you 4 hours to run, and you're consuming 250 calories/hour during the run, you've only netted 2/3 of a pound of fat.


And not all the weight lost would necessarily be fat, you could lose muscle as well.

Bonus though - you will probably lose a few pounds of water weight along the way.


I burn about 2300 cals for a marathon. Add back in 550 calories for gels, and the fact that I had to carb load to get energy, which provided all the water I sweat out, and the beer/banana/other free food at the finish line...

Its a pretty bad way to lose weight laugh

OP, just eat at a moderate deficit and move around doing something you like. Gimmicks tend to fail.
January 14, 2014 9:55 PM
Cross country skiing all day. About 6 to 8 ours would burn 3600 calories. But you need to eat Extra too so you probably wouldn't lose the whole pound
January 14, 2014 11:44 PM
Strength train and eat clean. If you don't have weight use your body.
  9718957
January 15, 2014 4:51 AM
Huh? That doesn't make sense for normal advice, and especially doesn't apply here.
January 15, 2014 4:55 AM
jump rope is a good way to loose weight
  8220861
January 15, 2014 4:55 AM
QUOTE:

You could do a million jumping jacks and not lose one pound if you eat too many calories.

Exercise doesn't burn body mass; calorie deficit does. You can lose weight doing zero exercise, or you can lose weight doing a ton of exercise.



A marathon basically.....this is depressing to break down because it would take me 6 hours of steady running to hit 3500 calories burned.
  36664772
January 15, 2014 4:57 AM
QUOTE:

Look at it this way:

To create a 300-calorie deficit today, you can:

Run about 35 minutes at 6 mph
or
Skip the Snickers bar


Good answer :-)

I can't imagine an average person burning 3500 calories exercising in a day. Like many said running a marathon or something equivalent. I hiked for 4 1/2 hours with a 35lb backpack and according to my heart rate monitor burned 1,400 calories.
  17538311
January 15, 2014 5:01 AM
If you pat your head and rub your belly at the same time for 78.4 minutes you'll lose a pound of fat.
  26685847
January 15, 2014 5:02 AM
QUOTE:

I have heard so many different things on how to burn a pound. Like, do a 1000 jumping jacks, which I doubt is true. Or jog for one hour. I guess I was just wondering what REALLY burns one pound. I really like the idea of trying to burn pound per pound. I know that 3500 calories is a pound so that is how many calories you have to burn to lose a pound. For instance, if 1000 jumping jacks DID burn one pound. I would try to do like 200 jumping jacks a day and in 5 days, I would have burned a pound. I really like this idea of losing weight but I just don't know where to start. Help? (:


this is why so much of the balance for weight loss is calorie deficit. Not only can you not burn enough calories in a workout to lose a pound, but the gross burn counts in the calories you would have burned anyway just by being alive. You have to subtract those calories to find your net burn. If I do a solid 1/2 hour on the elliptical at a high level of resistance, I only burn 300 calories. You can eat 300 calories in one normal candy bar, or a large bottle of regular soda. Exercise is for fitness and to help you create a slightly larger deficit. The majority of your weight loss should come from a calorie deficit in your diet.
January 15, 2014 5:02 AM
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QUOTE:

OK, so you have your answer. Run a marathon and loose a pound of fat.

Works every time.


'Fraid not. Not many people are getting through a marathon without fueling along the way. If it takes you 4 hours to run, and you're consuming 250 calories/hour during the run, you've only netted 2/3 of a pound of fat.


All of that assuming you are burning 100% fat. Which you are not.
  37322274
January 15, 2014 5:17 AM
QUOTE:

Look at it this way:

To create a 300-calorie deficit today, you can:

Run about 35 minutes at 6 mph
or
Skip the Snickers bar


Ha! I love this.
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