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    How many calories do you burn?

    I've noticed that a lot of health conscious DP forumers here are watching their calories. For instance, in the food section there is a thread about diet soda pop.

    And there seems to be this ridiculous meme in our culture that says more calories = unhealthy and less calories = healthy.

    However it is obvious that not getting enough calories is just as bad as eating too many calories.

    But, the big question is, how do you know how many calories you actually need to consume for optimal health?

    I thought this might be a neat little helpful online tool to help figure out part of that equation.

    Calories Burned by Exercise, Walking, Etc. (CalorieLab)

    For example: I enter my weight, 190lbs. And click on the occupation. Then I scroll down to my occupation. (Masonry, cement).

    It figures that a cement mason weighing in at 190 pounds burns 519 calories per hour. So in an average 8 hour work day it figures that I will burn 4152 calories. That seems a little bit low but pretty close.

    But if I was a sitting office worker it figures 43 calories/hour. That's a mere 344 calories burned in an 8 hour shift.
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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    I burn 770 calories in a game of Ultimate Frisbee once a week.
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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    627 per hour
    surprised to learn that officiating basketball burns more calories than playing basketball
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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    627 per hour
    surprised to learn that officiating basketball burns more calories than playing basketball
    I never would have thought that either.

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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    Well, I burn 2100-2200 calories just for being me. Breathing and stuff.

    I know exactly how much I burn for most activities I do, so that's extra.
    You can't lose weight without SOME exercise... but as a male, you should focus on increasing muscle mass so you burn more calories first and foremost. That way, even if you don't get time every day to workout, with limiting your portions, you can still get in shape. But yeah, exercise... that's the key.

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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I burn 770 calories in a game of Ultimate Frisbee once a week.
    I had never even heard of that sport until you mentioned it here. So I looked up some vids.

    It looks like all that sprinting takes a lot of energy.

    I'm not sure what the rules are but I doubt that I could get enough of my 40 something friends to play.

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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    I've come to the conclusion, after a year+ of dieting and weighing myself every morning, that the number of calories that I burn can vary greatly, even if my activity level remains that same.

    Last month I dieted like crazy, and by my math I was running a 1500 calorie deficit (using numbers I found on various websites). At that rate, I should have been losing 3 lbs of fat a week, yet during those last few weeks, I was only losing maybe a quarter of a lb. I went on a vacation, ate like crazy, and in 10 days I gained 12 lbs. After vacation, and after resuming the exact same diet, all that weight came back off in exactly one week, which according to the numbers, is impossible (almost 2 lbs a day). I figured that it probably had to do a lot with stored carbs as I know that our body will excessively store carbohydrates after being depleted, kind overcompensating, then when I went back on my diet I just burned off the carbs without actually losing any fat.

    What has surprised me is that even after the week it took me to lose the weight I had gained, I am still losing weight faster than before I went on vacation - 4 lbs last week. I think that before I went on vacation, I had been dieting for so long that either my metabolism rate has fallen, or I had become much more efficient at digesting my food. I'm thinking that by grossly over-eating for a week, must have somehow reset my metabolism rate on vacation to normal, and thus I am now losing weight at a rate that somewhat reflects what the info on the websites indicate that I should be losing.

    Maybe it has nothing to do with "burning" calories, but more to do with how well one digests their food. I would assume that if someones digestion system was optimal, they would extract ever drop of energy from every bit of food that they ate, and that if they didn't have a really efficient digestion system, they would probably just poop out a lot of food that hadn't had all of the calories extracted from it. Crazy?
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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    I had never even heard of that sport until you mentioned it here. So I looked up some vids.

    It looks like all that sprinting takes a lot of energy.

    I'm not sure what the rules are but I doubt that I could get enough of my 40 something friends to play.
    It's an easy game to play, the rules are simple (throw the frisbee, catch the frisbee, stop running when you catch it, and no contact) and it's self-refereed. We have several people over 40 playing in my league, it's a great way to get a bit of exercise and have fun.
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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    I use an online food diary to calculate a goal. I work in the lab and move around a lot, but I still only consider it moderate activity. To counter this, I take a lot of walks during down time, and I exercise extensively at home. I try to do at least 90 minutes a day of some sort of light to moderate cardio.

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    Re: How many calories do you burn?

    Currently in the mid 4,000's. In the summer? Probably around 5,500 per day.
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