Calories & Trackers

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Calories & Trackers

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Do Calorie Monitors Really Work?


Calorie monitors may be the necessary motivation to keep on truckin' through a tough cardio workout, but are they really 100 percent on the money? The experts agree: Calorie monitors often overestimate burn, and may not be equally accurate for all exercises (and exercisers).

Burn Notice -- Why It Matters

First, let's take it back to Bio 101 (no dissections required!). When we burn more calories than we take in by exercising more or eating less, the body starts chipping away at fat reserves. To help aspiring Biggest Losers keep track, the first calorie counter was invented way back in 1977.

In a lab setting, researchers rely on highly specialized…

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