I hope you are having a great Holiday Season and are enjoying some much needed time off with your family and friends.
I know you may be eating a little bit more than usual this time of year and maybe even sneaking in a few extra sugary or alcoholic drinksâ€¦
Iâ€™m here to tell you that as long as you donâ€™t go off the deep end and you limit your cheat meals to a few special holiday parties youâ€™ll be just fine.
Today, I also want to share with you a big fat cardio lie perpetuated by many equipment manufacturers.
Itâ€™s kind of sneaky and I wrote about it in my column on NutritionData the other day â€¦
Hereâ€™s what is going on:
Many of the ellipticals and treadmills, arc trainers, etc. are misleading you with their calorie burning readouts. These pieces of equipment are telling people that theyâ€™re burning 800 â€“ 900 calories per workout!
To be honest, youâ€™d have to be well over 200 pounds and a novice exerciser to ever imagine burning that many calories per hour on an elliptical. The equivalent would be an average exerciser moving as fast as they possibly could NON-STOP for an hour (without passing out of course).
The realistic caloric burning potential for the average 3-5 day a week exerciser would be about 400 â€“ 600 calories per hour depending on your weight, age, fitness level, intensity of exercise, and average heart rate.
The whole reason I felt like I needed to share this with you is that I donâ€™t want you to think youâ€™re burning 900 calories in a one hour workout and then believe you are able to eat more that day without gaining weight.
So as long as you know the MAXIMUM youâ€™re most likely burning is around 500 for an average cardio workout youâ€™ll be better able to gauge how many calories you can consume that day.
I hope this article helped clear up the cardio calorie display lie!
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Committed to your success,
Stephen Cabral, CSCS, CPT, NS
Author of Fatlossity, Lose5in7 Weight Loss System
Health Consultant for MTV, NutritionData, Diet.com, Gather, EDGE