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# Burn Meter Wrong? Help!

So ive been watching my burn meter before and after I add an activity.

This morning I did 34 min on the treadmill and burned 200 cals. I normally burnt 1750 + 200 = 1950 right...

So how come my burn meter says 1910? What happened to those 40 cals I burned?

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You burn those 40 calories just by being alive, and they are already included in your burn meter.

no no

I burn 1750 just by being alive

I did another 200 on the treadmill today

I added that up and by burn meter is only at 1910....it SHOULD be at 1950 though, right?

Simple math...

The 1750 calories you burn is in a 24 hour day.  When you add your exercise to your activity log, it replaces those minutes (out of the 24 hour day) with the minutes you spent on the treadmill.

If it was to add up to 1950 calories even, then you would be adding minutes to the day which is not possible.

What caitling meant was that you normally would have burnt that other 40 cals during the 34 minutes you were on the treadmill.

40 calories in 34 minutes laying on the couch watching TV or sleeping -- part of the 1750 you burn living

200 calories in 34 minutes you spent on the treadmill, but 40 of that you would have burned anyway, so you only get to ADD the 160 extra that you burned.

i spent 34 min on the treadmill

doesnt make sense to me... \

if i burn 1750 in a 24 hr period, and i burned another 200 in exercise, why doesnt that mean i burned 1950 in a 24 hr period?

lets see if I can explain this.

You did 34 minutes on the treadmill...you burn 1750 just for being alive.  if you divide 1750 by 1440 (the number of minutes in a day) you burn 1.21527 calories a minute.  so 34*1.21527=41.31918 calories, so if you had done no exercise you would have burned those 40 calories, so the burn meter is subtracting the calories you would have burned by just living, from the calories you burned while exercising.  Otherwise you would be counting those 40 calories twice.

so 1750/1440= 1.21 per minute...1.21*34=41 calories...200-40=160...1750+160=1910

I hope I explained it.  it took me a while to figure out too.

Laps

Because you didn't burn *another* 200, you burned 200 in the 34 minutes -- when you normally would have burned 40 by just living and breathing.

You only burned *another* 160 on top of that 40, so that is all that's added to your burn meter.

There are 1440 minutes in a day.

So you burn roughly 1.2 calories a minute.

If you did 34 minutes on the treadmill, you would have to subtract 34 minutes from your normal day and the 40 calories that you would normally burn in that 34 minute time period which would put you at 1710 calories.

You then replace that 34 minutes with the time you spent on the treadmill and add the 200 calories you burned which is where the 1910 calories comes from.

Original Post by karozel:

What caitling meant was that you normally would have burnt that other 40 cals during the 34 minutes you were on the treadmill.

40 calories in 34 minutes laying on the couch watching TV or sleeping -- part of the 1750 you burn living

200 calories in 34 minutes you spent on the treadmill, but 40 of that you would have burned anyway, so you only get to ADD the 160 extra that you burned.

this explanation makes sense to me!

thank you.

Glad we could help.  It's confusing at first, and it's awfully frustrating when you work out so hard and then add it in and you think you got cheated out of some of that hard work.

I'm so glad this question was asked and that I read this thread!  I'm new to CC and I didn't get the burn  and what all the numbers meant.  You all explained it very well and I understand it more.  Thanks!!!

Original Post by lapslazuli:

lets see if I can explain this.

You did 34 minutes on the treadmill...you burn 1750 just for being alive.  if you divide 1750 by 1440 (the number of minutes in a day) you burn 1.21527 calories a minute.  so 34*1.21527=41.31918 calories, so if you had done no exercise you would have burned those 40 calories, so the burn meter is subtracting the calories you would have burned by just living, from the calories you burned while exercising.  Otherwise you would be counting those 40 calories twice.

so 1750/1440= 1.21 per minute...1.21*34=41 calories...200-40=160...1750+160=1910

I hope I explained it.  it took me a while to figure out too.

Laps

Wow!  Awesome calculations! Impressive!  You hurt my head but thanks!

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