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June 3, 2012 8:09 PM
I am only posting this because I care about people and their goal of getting healthy, not because I think anyone is intentionally trying to say they burned more calories than they did (what would be the point?) But I am afraid an aspect of MFP might be misleading. Here is what I am wondering: when I log my running exersize, I have to choose a pace and it adjusts my calories accordingly. obviously running 12 min/mile is different than running 8 min/mile. but when people type in "elliptical" it tells them they are burning close to the same calories as a 9-minute mile! what? I understand that some people REALLY get their heart rate up, so maybe they are getting close to a 9-minute mile. But I am NOT one of those people, when I get on the elliptical I do not get that great of a workout. I think people could be mislead to think they are burning many more calories on the elliptical then they actually are? Perhaps there should be an option that says "elliptical - high intensity, medium, low, etc."? Just a suggestion!
Edited by heathermora11 On June 3, 2012 8:16 PM
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June 3, 2012 8:25 PM
thts y i got a hr watch that tells me how many calories i am burning through my workouts sometime whne i do insanity ill burn 900 and today i did a workout which only burnt 670 so i took a jog to try and do my goal of 900 or more a day
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June 3, 2012 8:27 PM
Then don't go by what MFP has. The elliptical shows you how many calories you've burned in your workout if you've put in your weight.
June 3, 2012 9:06 PM
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Then don't go by what MFP has. The elliptical shows you how many calories you've burned in your workout if you've put in your weight.


Well, that works in theory, but those machines are rarely accurate. In most gyms they're used all the time and never calibrated. HRM is a much better bet for accurate calories burned.
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June 4, 2012 10:10 AM
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Well, that works in theory, but those machines are rarely accurate. In most gyms they're used all the time and never calibrated. HRM is a much better bet for accurate calories burned.


I can totally see this being true. I remember a machine telling me I burned 300 calories when in reality I barely got my heart rate up and probably burned 100 at most. Probably nothing I can do about the machine itself :( But I still think MFP could be a little more educational and list different intensities (or paces? not exactly sure how that would work) so people can choose accordingly :) Thanks for the input everyone - I agree a heart rate monitor really seems like the way to go, if one can afford one!
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