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February 1, 2012 8:59 PM
I see numerous posts in this forum without any response from MFP people so I know this is a long shot but hey it never hurts to try right?

Is there a way to track carbs burned during a workout? My husband and I are on a low carb diet so while we are watching our calories, we are watching our carbs more. My elliptical tells me how many carbs I burn but there is no way to put this into MFP or to determine how many carbs were burned doing other exercises.

One other thing as far as carbs go. Is there a way to track the net carbs versus carbs in general?

Many others are on low or no carb diets and I'm sure these things would be beneficial for them also.

Thanks!
  3701354
February 1, 2012 9:51 PM
its calories you burn exercising.

carbs, protein and fat are macro's that make up all the food we eat, and each contain calories, 4 per gram, 4 per gram and 9 per gram respectively.
  3335912
February 2, 2012 10:10 AM
QUOTE:

its calories you burn exercising.

carbs, protein and fat are macro's that make up all the food we eat, and each contain calories, 4 per gram, 4 per gram and 9 per gram respectively.


I understand that but my elliptical tracks carbs also. It's very exciting! LOL
  3701354
February 2, 2012 10:14 AM
can you add calories burned doing both Zumba calls, Zumba Aqua and, Zumba for the WII?
February 2, 2012 10:16 AM
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QUOTE:

its calories you burn exercising.

carbs, protein and fat are macro's that make up all the food we eat, and each contain calories, 4 per gram, 4 per gram and 9 per gram respectively.

I understand that but my elliptical tracks carbs also. It's very exciting! LOL

I would question the validity of those counts.
February 2, 2012 10:18 AM
why question the burn? It had to add $500 to the purchase price on the gear so they've got to be accurate :P
  3335912
February 2, 2012 10:19 AM
Hmmm...interesting! Well, carbs are fuel. There are 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates. Can you take the number of calories burned and divide it by 4 and get your total carb burn?
I don't have any idea if that would work! Not an expert here but the formula sounds intriuging! LOL! Good luck to your and your hubby!
  14340662
February 2, 2012 10:20 AM
When you input your exercise/cals burned into MFP... look at your goals afterward. It's not just the cals that increased, the carbs, protein and fat grams increase too. Of course, this is just a generic guess of which macros you really burned. Your elliptical is probably just a guess of your carbs burned as well. Is your elliptical hooked up to a HRM that can monitor what level your heart is at to closely determine fat/carbs burned? Even if it is, it's also just an educated estimate.

Anyway to answer your question, no MFP does not provide the option of inputting "carbs" burned specifically, but when you enter your cals burned your carb count also increases by a generic number compared to those cals.
  2397387
February 2, 2012 10:21 AM
Yea - even if MFP "guesstimated" some sort of number - it would be wildly inaccurate.

For your eliptical - do you enter your size, your gender, your age. Does it contantly measure your heart rate while your working out? If not, I wouldn't trust the calories burned let alone the "carb" burned. Sounds like a marketing tool, not a fitness one.
February 3, 2012 5:31 PM
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When you input your exercise/cals burned into MFP... look at your goals afterward. It's not just the cals that increased, the carbs, protein and fat grams increase too. Of course, this is just a generic guess of which macros you really burned. Your elliptical is probably just a guess of your carbs burned as well. Is your elliptical hooked up to a HRM that can monitor what level your heart is at to closely determine fat/carbs burned? Even if it is, it's also just an educated estimate.

Anyway to answer your question, no MFP does not provide the option of inputting "carbs" burned specifically, but when you enter your cals burned your carb count also increases by a generic number compared to those cals.


Oh I had not noticed that! Thank you! I will go look now.

My elliptical does have a HRM on it. I know it's an educated estimate. Everything on here is a guesstimate because each person is different. That's all I was looking for. An estimate.

Thanks again!
  3701354
November 17, 2013 8:26 PM
Hi, i also am more concerned with watching carbs than calories..... Potatoes, Rice, Cakes, etc. contain so many unhealthy carbs that let us gain weight. If you remember, the Atkins Diet says No Carbs. I do not subscribe to this type of (unhealthy diet). I have sat my daily intake of carbs to 120 which keeps me at 62.5 KG. When I started in March I weighed 66.5 KG. I go to the gym three times a week doing cardio and weights and the carbs I burn while exercising make me lose the weight. In the beginning I also felt it would be nice to know how many carbs I burned while exercising. However, since it is too much work to enter my gym routine everything, I just let it go. Insteat I concentrate on making it to the gym three times a week. Those are the days I go below my 120 carbs and slowly but surely reduce my weight. Good luck to all of you
November 17, 2013 8:33 PM
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Hi, i also am more concerned with watching carbs than calories..... Potatoes, Rice, Cakes, etc. contain so many unhealthy carbs that let us gain weight. If you remember, the Atkins Diet says No Carbs. I do not subscribe to this type of (unhealthy diet). I have sat my daily intake of carbs to 120 which keeps me at 62.5 KG. When I started in March I weighed 66.5 KG. I go to the gym three times a week doing cardio and weights and the carbs I burn while exercising make me lose the weight. In the beginning I also felt it would be nice to know how many carbs I burned while exercising. However, since it is too much work to enter my gym routine everything, I just let it go. Insteat I concentrate on making it to the gym three times a week. Those are the days I go below my 120 carbs and slowly but surely reduce my weight. Good luck to all of you


Atkins Diet DOESN'T say NO carbs. Even 120 grams carbs/day can be an Atkins style diet during phase 4 of the (newer) version of the diet. Atkins works but it ONLY works because ketosis is a natural apatite suppressant - aka - you eat fewer calories because you're not hungry. I lost my initial 80 lbs on Atkins and have kept it off (and lost slower but still losing) on a high carb Asian style diet.
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