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July 25, 2012 10:46 AM
This is the first time i try to track what i eat and just cant wrap my mind around it. Numbers look way off to me.
I'm 178cm / 78kg, have a desk job and i'm doing p90x for 2 weeks now. Yesterday i added 600cal for p90x (estimated by p90x crew) and 400cal for 40min walking. Food Diary showed me almost 4000cal as my goal (want loose 1 pound a week). Today, without the walk, it shows me 3500cal. That sounds ridiculously high.

While looking through some of the forum posts i'm seeing numbers between 1500 and 2000 everywhere. Sorry for a potentially stupid question, but am i missing something here?
July 25, 2012 3:37 PM
I would double check your profile settings for typos.
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/change_goals_guided

Also, 400 calories for 40 minutes of walking is WAY too high. How did you come to this number?
  13683591
July 25, 2012 4:03 PM
QUOTE:

Also, 400 calories for 40 minutes of walking is WAY too high. How did you come to this number?


My thoughts too...
  25692978
July 26, 2012 2:13 AM
QUOTE:


Also, 400 calories for 40 minutes of walking is WAY too high. How did you come to this number?


i didnt question the number, got it by choosing "Walking, 3.0 mph, mod. pace, walking dog" for 40 min.
[edit] found the error, i somehow managed to set my weight way too high. It does make more sense with the right weight. Thanks :)
Edited by mird99 On July 26, 2012 2:19 AM
July 26, 2012 2:18 AM
QUOTE:

I would double check your profile settings for typos.
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/change_goals_guided

Also, 400 calories for 40 minutes of walking is WAY too high. How did you come to this number?


the treadmill i go on says i burn 250 per 20 minutes @ 5mph so it's doable (at my weight). but 5mph isn't exactly walking. well, quite fast walking i suppose.
  25782252
July 26, 2012 2:21 AM
400 cal for 40 minutes of walking isnt too high if you are out of shape and just starting. For instance my HRM said I burned like 500 cal in 30 minutes when I first started trying to exercise. I was so out of shape I could barley exercise. Now it says only like 200 calories for 30 minutes of exercise and I am in much better shape, I am not breathing so hard and my HR isnt sky high while I am exercising.
July 26, 2012 3:54 AM
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i didnt question the number, got it by choosing "Walking, 3.0 mph, mod. pace, walking dog" for 40 min.
[edit] found the error, i somehow managed to set my weight way too high. It does make more sense with the right weight. Thanks :)


Glad you found the issue. The MFP exercise database does tend to over estimate calories burned. If you follow the "eat back exercise calories" method, be cautious of this. If you have the money to spare, a HRM is an excellent investment. You will get a much more accurate number.
  13683591
July 26, 2012 3:58 AM
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400 cal for 40 minutes of walking isnt too high if you are out of shape and just starting. For instance my HRM said I burned like 500 cal in 30 minutes when I first started trying to exercise. I was so out of shape I could barley exercise. Now it says only like 200 calories for 30 minutes of exercise and I am in much better shape, I am not breathing so hard and my HR isnt sky high while I am exercising.


Considering that their weight is only 78kg and has been doing P90x for 2 weeks, I made the educated guess that a normal walk would not would a very trying exercise.

I do understand that for heavier more out of shape folks that walking can be a very strenuous exercise, but based on the information the OP provided it did not seem they were one of these people.
  13683591
July 26, 2012 4:11 AM
Buy a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) for more accurate calories burned and you should definitely check your settings for your calorie goals as 3500/4000 is WAY too high.
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