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July 20, 2011 1:54 PM
Ok, I have a funny question. Do you think calories burned during grocery shopping should be counted? Let me explain......I'm beginning to discover if I don't eat back all or most of my exercise calories my weight loss stalls, but it sure is hard to estimate calories burned for certain activities. I just came home from shopping. I was in the store 1 hour and 15 minutes, pushing around a very heavy cart, loaded all the groceries in the cart, took them all out of the cart ( to be checked out), then loaded them into the car, then upstairs once at my house, then put them all away. Probably at least 20 bags, some very heavy. Just seems that calorie burn should be included....what do you think? And any idea how to even figure out how many cals I burned......there is nothing similar on MFP.

Thanks much!
Kim : )
July 20, 2011 1:59 PM
75 minutes light walking
15 minutes weight training

I think that would be a good estimate

Anywhere between 75-150 calories burned wouldn't seem that high.
July 20, 2011 2:00 PM
I agree. I do MAJOR grocery shopping once a month (instead of shopping weekly like most people) and I always end up feeling like I had a workout.
  1361678
July 20, 2011 2:00 PM
I start my pedometer when I go to the store so I can get a gauge as to what I burn because it's never a "quick" trip. As for the weight lifting aspect of it though, I never count that really.
  6751212
July 20, 2011 2:01 PM
Instead of counting everyday activites individually, try increasing your MFP activity level. Your calorie alottment will increase accordingly.

Good luck!
July 20, 2011 2:01 PM
I don't log it, it's part of my monthly routine and I'd rather log things that are out of my norm.
  7796878
July 20, 2011 2:02 PM
My thought process is that I only count things as exercise if it was something I did not do when I was fat. So, I still went grocery shopping when I was fat, so doing that "exercise" did not help me lose then so I am not counting it now.

I only count the things I do extra (i.e real exercise) to help me maintain me goal weight.

HTH.
  4614081
July 20, 2011 2:04 PM
I do that too, but I never count that. Main reason for me is regardless how long the shopping is, it doesn't raise my heart rate enough to be consider counting. Just eat your other exercise calories (including gardening, cause I found out, with HRM, it does raise my heart rate when I'm digging around, etc)
July 20, 2011 2:05 PM
No, not exercise! Only time dedicated to exercise should be counted. Not daily activities, even if only once a month, the body is used to this and expects you to burn those calories.

Better safe than overeating!

Good Luck!
  2399006
July 20, 2011 2:05 PM
QUOTE:

I don't log it, it's part of my monthly routine and I'd rather log things that are out of my norm.


I agree. On the other hand. I did log a shopping trip I did twice this weekend, but only as the walking. That was just because I spent 4 hours one day and over 7 hours the other day shopping, walking. I don't normally do that, so it was out of the norm for me. But as for grocery shopping and stuff like that, I don't log!
  6520364
July 20, 2011 2:10 PM
QUOTE:

Instead of counting everyday activites individually, try increasing your MFP activity level. Your calorie alottment will increase accordingly.

Good luck!


This. If you don't think you are allotted enough calories without logging things like grocery store trips try upping your activity level. Mine is at lightly active even though I have a desk job due to all the extra activity I do at home on the weekends, and the walks I take at lunch, walking to my car, etc.
July 20, 2011 2:13 PM
QUOTE:

My thought process is that I only count things as exercise if it was something I did not do when I was fat. So, I still went grocery shopping when I was fat, so doing that "exercise" did not help me lose then so I am not counting it now.

I only count the things I do extra (i.e real exercise) to help me maintain me goal weight.

HTH.
[I have to agree to that]
Edited by garreltsnk On July 20, 2011 2:14 PM
August 10, 2012 1:57 PM
I logged it as walking at a slow pace, 2.0 mph, because it's not something I do daily. I know I burn calories doing everyday activities but I don't log everything I doall day because I see it as normal daily activity. Grocery shopping is not normal daily activity.
  27304940
December 18, 2012 8:19 PM
I log big things in every day life like cleaning to the walls and 20 to 25 bag grocery shopping because i don't eat back my calories. I am eating a lot less than when I did these same things in the past.
December 18, 2012 8:27 PM
Is grocery shopping something you just started when you joined MFP? If not then it seems like it would be included in your normal routine. Like cleaning the house, washing the car, cleaning the rain gutters, etc. But hey if recording it works for you then record it.

I only record specific time set aside for exercise that is additon to my monthly routine.

Shirley in Oregon
  4572171
December 18, 2012 9:14 PM
NO
December 18, 2012 9:18 PM
absolutely not. you burn a certain amount of calories hourly anyway. yes you are probably burning more than sitting on the couch but where do you draw the line?? start counting going up stairs, vacuuming, etc. I would only count it when your heart rate is elevate for 20 min or so like in a workout.
December 19, 2012 12:05 AM
I wear 2 HRMs they both confirmed that when picking up and returning a tin of non-dolphin friendly tuna to the self I burned 0.2 calories.
  5591867
December 19, 2012 12:11 AM
QUOTE:

My thought process is that I only count things as exercise if it was something I did not do when I was fat. So, I still went grocery shopping when I was fat, so doing that "exercise" did not help me lose then so I am not counting it now.

I only count the things I do extra (i.e real exercise) to help me maintain me goal weight.

HTH.


This here captured it well. You did this when you weighed more and it didn't do much so why count it now.
  22316143
December 19, 2012 12:49 AM
No. Only log them if you are planning on plateauing because you've overestimated how many calories to eat back. Grocery shopping is not an exercise.
Edited by Cait_Sidhe On December 19, 2012 12:49 AM
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December 19, 2012 1:00 AM
Each to their own.......my activity level is set at sedentary because I sit at a desk to work.....doing the weekly shop for four people including loading and unloading the car is activity so I log it. Lifting those 4x2litre packs of diet coke several times feels like activity to me!!
  10330118
January 10, 2013 10:17 PM
Depending on your weight, etc. grocery shopping (or food shopping, as some sites phrase it) burns something around 150-170 calories per hour.
Here are two sites with the info, one of which lets you input your data to get an accurate count.

http://www.fitday.com/webfit/burned/calories_burned_Food_shopping_with_grocery_cart.html

http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-burned-food-shopping-without-grocery-a79

A side note: my activity level is Sedentary, as I basically sit at a desk all day. For purposes of tracking net calories, I include the occasional trip to the store or a long drive in the car, each of which burns more calories than you'd imagine.
January 10, 2013 11:20 PM
QUOTE:

I wear 2 HRMs they both confirmed that when picking up and returning a tin of non-dolphin friendly tuna to the self I burned 0.2 calories.


Only 2? I prefer 5 --one on each limb in addition to the chest strap. Actually, the two on my legs are GPS enabled --so I get a better burn when I shuffle my feet back and forth while watching TV.
January 10, 2013 11:27 PM
As for counting grocery shopping, I agree. I log the slow pace walk, 2.0 miles per hour. I do not shop daily and I walk far and haul a lot. I have mine set to "sedentary" since I work from home and am at a desk a lot. So, I do count some things like major house cleaning or when I paint a room. I don't really eat more on those days usually. It just makes me feel better in case I mess up a few days later or making up for the last mess up.
Edited by beanmachinesgirl On January 10, 2013 11:31 PM
January 11, 2013 1:52 AM
"Exercise is physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive for the purpose of conditioning any part of the body. Exercise is used to improve health, maintain fitness and is important as a means of physical rehabilitation"

Physical activity is movement of the muscularskeletal system that uses energy.

MFP asks you to log exercise. Whilst shopping is a physical activity it is not an exercise so I wouldn't log it.

If one day you shop, one day you clean, one day you garden, 4 days you exercise then up your activity level and only log the exercise. From a calories burned point of view then I guess it doesn't matter (in that the math will work out in the end), but from a lifestyle change you need to get out of the habbit of treating everyday tasks as "exercise".

Otherwise the scenario of "I'm shopping, this will earn me 150 cals" could stay with you and lead to "treating yourself" for daily tasks.

Have a look at it another way. Do slim, fit, healthy people think about calories they are burning whilst shopping or driving or cleaning the house? No. And do you want to be a slim, fit and healthy person?

If you want to be slim and healthy you have to think slim and healthy. I had that posted in my bathroom for six months when I started on this lifestyle change.
Edited by martinh78 On January 11, 2013 1:53 AM
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