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Calories Burned Calcuation(15 posts)

Calories Burned CalcuationWhipper
Jul 24, 2002 11:57 AM
I'm looking for a way to find out how many calories I expend on a ride. Any Help?

I used to have a good one before my hard drive was corrupted.
Here's a web sitePdxMark
Jul 24, 2002 12:06 PM
convert to METS?Whipper
Jul 24, 2002 4:04 PM
Anyone know how to get a met unit from HR monitors?
re: Calories Burned CalcuationDrPete
Jul 24, 2002 12:09 PM
There's a calculator on I forget where on the site it is, but it's in there!
Why aren't I skinny???PaulCL
Jul 24, 2002 12:20 PM
I keep plugging in various rides and I come up with about 55 to 60 calories per mile. I ride about 120 miles per week or 6600 - 7200 calories per week. I should be a lot skinnier.....hmmm
What are you eating? nmempacher6seat
Jul 24, 2002 1:13 PM
Big Macs, fries, lots of coke.....PaulCL
Jul 24, 2002 1:40 PM
Don't you????

Seriously, I'm fair about my diet. No soft drinks, rarely fast food, etc...but I love my carbs! Pasta, pasta, pasta, and ad some bread. That's what kills me.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not fat (regardless what my 7 year old daughter says - she's standing over my should right now). I'm 6'1" and 187lbs. 34in waist, 42-43in jacket. I'd love to lose another 10lbs...but I can't give up my carbs....ain't gonna do it.....
Simoni did coke, and he's thin.....nmmr_spin
Jul 24, 2002 1:55 PM
LOL .... what you fail to understand is .......Spirito
Jul 24, 2002 2:33 PM
he took his dentists advice seriously. he visited him/her so often for dental work and took the given advice of not to eat or drink anything after having some work done.

he was just worried about his teeth .... honest !

Similar weight to me.fracisco
Jul 24, 2002 2:13 PM
You sounds like a similar build and weight to me. I've learned that to keep the weight off and to lose weight, I tend to avoid carbo loading. I can't remember the last time I had pasta, other than occasionally having a risotto as a side dish. I have learned that my body stays trim with more lean meat and vegetables, and less starch and beer. I do eat a lot of non-fat dairy in the form of milk and yogurt, avoid the sweets and fatty foods (fried, greasy, any fast food), and have a few drinks per week instead of per night.

As with anything, your mileage may vary.
I have trouble believing...filtersweep
Jul 24, 2002 2:36 PM
I can't believe I burn an extra 1000-2000 calories per ride and wonder how accurate those so-called "calculators" actually are.

Looking at the figures you posted above, you should be able to lose 2 lbs/week if you "eat the same." Well, I am already "skinny" and I know I don't eat that much extra... (tongue in cheek) I think they pad the numbers to encourage more people to cycle.

On machines that can measure watts, I burn significantly LESS calories while exerting significantly MORE effort. It wouldn't surprise that maintaining a 20mph average yielded burning only 30 calories/mile (600 Cal./hr). That also seems to fit my riding/eating habits more accurately.
Bad dataKerry
Jul 24, 2002 4:28 PM
A 180 lb rider at 20 mph on the flats burns between 30 and 35 calories per mile. Any calculator that suggests double that is using bad input data unless you are doing a lot of climbing (in which case you wouldn't be going 20 mph). Safest assumption is around 600-650 calories per hour for a solid workout, regardless of the sport. 1000 calories per hour (about 270 watts) is really smokin' for most of us. And even then, it's all about the difference between what you eat and what you burn. If you want to be really skinny, then you have to remain in a state of constant mild hunger or have "skinny genes."
Here's another link - Carmichael TrainingPdxMark
Jul 24, 2002 3:10 PM

more realistic numbers...
That's more like it-nmfiltersweep
Jul 24, 2002 4:32 PM
Food is more important than Miles (for me)Maartin
Jul 25, 2002 12:38 PM
I now believe that what you eat determines your weight more than how much you exercise. I was not able to lose weight through riding until I cut down on carbs and started eating more protein and vegetables. (which I never liked)