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March 18, 2011 10:55 AM
I recently began using a Polar FT7 heart rate monitor (HRM) that tells me I burn 500 calories in an hour on the treadmill.
The basic metabolism rate (BMR) tool here tells me my BMR is 91 calories per hour.

During the hour on the treadmill did I actually burn 500 calories more than my BMR or does the 500 include the 91 I would have burned resting?
March 18, 2011 11:02 AM
No it doenst subtract out BMR
Edited by jrich1 On March 18, 2011 11:03 AM
March 18, 2011 11:08 AM
I'm confused...doesn't MFP account for BMR though?
March 18, 2011 11:24 AM
I have read that HRM do not include calories already burned by your BMR. I am glad you brought that to my attention, because I have not been subtracting that at all!
June 18, 2011 12:09 PM
in the last days I was deprived why my Polar HRM always is showing sooo much less than the calorie counter on the elliptical, which also tracks my correct heart rate just as the polar.

I was reading alot of discussions about that on here and I googled it. What came to my mind first, was that this could be due to the substraction of the bmr-cals.

I found on this site, that the Polar HRMs with the OwnCal® function only start counting the calories, when your heart rate is above 100/90 bpm (depending on the series), which covers the BMR-cals.

so in my opinion this solves the problem for me, and I won't subtract anything else, just go on entering the cals from my Polar.


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