Living Fit Mommy: The Trouble With Those “1000 Calorie Workout” Cards

See ‘Exhibit A’ Below:

Does this workout really burn 1000 calories? Not likely.

Ummm, let me clue you in on something, “1000 calories” will not be burned with that workout. Oh, you’ll burn calories, for sure, but it won’t be anywhere near “1000”, trust me, and if you think you will, I have some fantastic beach front property for you….in Anarctica.

Listen, I hate cards like the one above because, to be honest, it’s false advertisement. And while I am all for throwing out anything which encourages movement, I am infinitely more interested in undiluted truth and useful information—there are enough quacks and fad-hawkers out there, let’s not add to the cesspool of misinformation—and to say something does anything that most know it doesn’t is just a lie. Period.

Of course, you’re likely asking, why any of this matters? Well, let’s just say you have someone who’s using a calorie counting app, ‘My Fitness Pal’ for instance, and they’re diligently tallying up their intake, and making note of every single exercise they undertake; now let’s say that same individual uses the claims on cards, like the one above, to document their activity for the day; if you know anything about apps like ‘Fitness Pal’, you know they subtract activity and leave you with a net caloric intake for the day…it only takes 3,500 calories to lose a pound, so, you do the math on when any one given person is going to start to question why they’re actions aren’t netting them progress.

Truthfully, running through such a workout will likely only burn between 100-175 calories, total. Again, depending on weight, height, and intensity. So, you’re going to have to do a lot more than this to get to the Holy Grail of 1000.

My advice, use such things as a great starting point for getting yourself going, but if caloric accuracy is something you need to have, then you’re better off taking your chances with a good Heart Rate Monitor.


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