Do you see what I see? 42 minutes on the stairmaster. According to the stairmaster (which had my weight entered in) I burned nearly 700 calories. SWEET! That has got to have earned me a cheeseburger…right? Unfortunately, no. See that watch on my wrist? That is connected to the heart rate monitor strapped around my chest. According to it, I only burned a measly 300 calories. Now let’s be fair, 300 calories is not measly. But in comparison to 700, it seems small.
Unfortunately, many people take these numbers to heart. They come into the gym and run on the treadmill for 30 minutes and grossly overestimate the amount of calories that they burned. They think their little 30 minute run earned them 2 slices of cake after dinner. And that is just not the case. Now don’t get me wrong…I am all about moderation. If you want that cake, EAT IT! But maybe just have one slice. And realize that it is a splurge…not something to do on a regular basis if fat lose is the goal.