Take a tour
invite your friends
- Select Menu -
Invite your friends
Calories lost on Exercise machines- Are the accurate ?
Im curious to know how accurate the calorie count on the exercise machines (Elliptical and/or Treadmill) actually are? They obviously have an algorithm keyed into them (based on exercise level, weight etc), but how accurate are they? Are they 10% off, 20% off or more. Can they be viewed more for trend purposes (calories losing over a period of time), or work equally well at an absolute level.
Thu. Jan 11, 11:05pm
I actually read an article about this recently - I wish I could remember where. Anyway, the basic gist of it is that treadmills and stationary bikes, which have been around a long time, can be considered pretty accurate. Newer machines like ellipticals haven't been studied enough to be able to have definitive proof. The doctor who gave the interview said he believes that in general, ellipticals seriously overestimate the calories burned, and I tend to agree. When I do my cardio workouts, I push myself to the same extent whether I'm on the bike, the treadmill, or the elliptical - using resistance, speed and/or incline to get my heart rate to where it needs to be. In 30 minutes on either the treadmill or the bike, my calories burned generally fall around 200. On the elliptical, it shows about 350. I don't buy it.
Friday, January 12, 2007, 12:03 AM
They are strictly an estimate and do not take into account your height, sex, body fat percentage (a person with lower body fat will burn more calories), age or fitness level. The elliptical I use takes into account your age and weight, but that's it. So you are probably burning less than you think (the amount I've read is 10-15%), but keep in mind that you will burn more throughout the day as your metabolism revs up to supply your muscles with hydration and nutrients so they can build back up. I take note of calories burned according to my machines since I am consistent with which ones I use I and track it with my calories consumed and my weight. Personally, I don't care if the number is off by some small factor as long as it's consistent.
Friday, January 12, 2007, 12:12 AM
Great question, and great answers. I had never even thought of this before. i do not have any kind of machine to help me in my exercise, but this is still good to know.
excellent reminder about how new some exercisers are, and another good reminder about the metabolism staying revved
Friday, January 12, 2007, 9:41 AM
Most treadmills are calibrated for guys, so the calorie count is not accurate for a woman. To be sure the treadmill isn't over-estimating your calorie burn, when you enter your weight into the machine, take five pounds off.--- After typing this I could find nothing on the web to support it. I know I read it somewhere.
I did find an About.com article that discusses the inaccuracy of treadmills:
And the Prevention magazine link below, which is more positive. They say the new machines are more accurate than older equipment.
Friday, January 12, 2007, 10:24 AM
Thanks for the article link. That pretty much makes sense.... i guess its important not to calculate your target weight loss, based on calories lost in exercises...one could come in for a rude shock...
Friday, January 12, 2007, 12:12 PM
How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight
How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer
How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources
Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner
How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition
New Diet and Fitness Articles:
Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:
Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule
Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions
Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?
Everyday Weight Loss Tips
How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge
Introducing The PEERtrainer Cheat System
How To Speed Up Weight Loss
How To Get Motivation To Lose Weight
Weight Watchers: The New Science!
3 Myths About Weight Loss With JJ Virgin
Related Article :
New PEERtrainer Articles :
Why Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight
How To Lose A Lot Of Weight, Fast
5 Things You Must Know Before Doing A Cleanse
New: How To Build Muscle
What Is The Best Kind Of Protein Powder?
The Master Cleanse
Will Removing Gluten From Your Diet Help You Lose Weight?
How To Obliterate Your Limitations
How To Get The Motivation To Exercise
How To Stop Feeling Tired
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Super Immunity Diet
The PEERtrainer Diet
Is Portion Control Keeping You Fat?
The Ultimate Guide To Dietary Fiber
P90X? Do Burst Training Instead
Weight Watchers Points Changes For 2012
Can Diet Soda Cause You To GAIN Weight?
©2017 PEERtrainer, Inc.