So, before I got sidelined with my opinion on real estate, I was getting ready to talk about exercise calories and eating them. In particular, how I treat them and eat them.
I see many people posting calorie burns for exercise – or points – or however you count them. Sometimes, to me, these seem really high. Sometimes these people are also stalled in their weight loss. Not always, but you know those times when you look at ins and outs on paper and you should be losing X per week, but it doesn’t happen that way?
Here are some interesting numbers. Lets say you exercise for an hour and your computer/device spits out 500 calories burned for that hour. (This is just a number I pulled out of the air for math purposes). Did you really burn 500? Maybe not. That is your calorie burn for that hour, but not the net burn. If you happened to be sitting on the couch for that hour instead, you would have burned about 70 calories just existing. So, that burn really is down to 430 calories. So if you ate back all your exercise calories, you would actually be taking in more than you should be.
And in the unfairness part of life – if you have lost a significant amount of weight, your metabolism is already slowed down by 10-15%. So, lop another 50 calories off of that and it’s 380 calories. See where the trouble can come in? Also when you exercise a lot, you can tend to let extra calories slide in because of the ‘deserve it’ factor as well. In the end, this can lead to plateauing.
I figure I burn about 30-35 calories per mile on the bike. This has come from riding over the years and what I take in versus goes out calorie wise and how that affects my weight. So, an average amount is about 400 calories per hour of riding. So a ride like on Sunday of 2.5 hours is around 1000 calories. I have had people tell me in the past that I should be burning a lot more calories than this for our long rides, but I know me. n=1 tells *me* what *I* burn. Not what you or somebody else will burn doing the same thing. I track my food in My Fitness Pal and that tells me I burn a lot more calories, but I have found if I eat those calories, I gain. Simple as that, which tells me that I don’t burn what I am ‘supposed’ to be burning. Age, weight loss, height and all that and I burn less. Stinks, but that is what is true for me.