# Calorie Counter

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# Which ones should I record?

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My treadmill says 300calories and 550 burnt calories while my watch says 750 active calories. How should I be recording this?
And what are the difference on the type of calories?

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• Posts: 2,361Member Member
My TM is way off in the calories it gives me. I think it assumes I weigh 200 lbs. I use MFP's calculator and that seems to work for me. Walking and running calories are pretty easy to calculate weight x distance x .3 for walking and .6 for running. You may burn a bit more if you are running at an incline, but I look at those as bonus burn.
I think weight x distance x .3 is a low estimate for walking. MapMyWalk (a MFP sister product) awards me weight x distance x .55 and most other walking apps/tools are around .4. Which doesn't sound like a big difference from .3 but is 33 % more calories. Walking is a key part of my routine and with lots of my own data available to analyze, I think .45 would be the most accurate estimate.

A bit less for treadmill, unless using incline.
• Posts: 277Member Member
If I am using a treadmill, I always ask Wolfram Alpha. That's a website which has language processed scientific articles. Give it your details (as much as you want) and it will provide an answer based on Center for Disease Control experiments. Write things like:
Male running 8km/hr, 75 kg, 30 minutes
• Posts: 2,447Member Member
Rrubio7 wrote: »
My treadmill says 300calories and 550 burnt calories while my watch says 750 active calories. How should I be recording this?
And what are the difference on the type of calories?

I think you will find that the treadmill calories are 300 extra calories (just exercise calories) and the watches 750 are total calories (exercise plus normal BMR calories) burned in that time.
• Posts: 1,084Member Member
"Active" calories are all movement related calories for the day. When I am doing a planned exercise, I log it as such via the watch either with the AW option or with a third party app I have, and then figure the "burn" is somewhat over-inflated.