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What's the actual number of calories burned?
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JeannieY posted:
Hi Rich,

I'm curious to find out what is the actual number of calories burned while I do my weekly runs. I've been running about 6.5 to 7 miles every other day on a treadmill. My pace is usually 6.7mph to 7mph, with occasional speed bursts up to 8mph (0-1% incline only). I weigh about 116 pounds with gym clothes and shoes on. I know the calories burned based on my weight/speed/miles run on the treadmill is off, but I'm not sure by how much. I keep track of what I eat and burn so I'd like to get a more accurate number if possible. Generally, I've been estimating that if I run 7 miles, I burn about 500 calories at most. Does this sound reasonable?

Thanks,
Jeannie
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Hi Jeannie,

At 116 pounds you burn 77 calories per mile, so 7 miles is 541 calories. So you're pretty close. Keep in mind that these numbers are estimates. You can't get the precise amount of calories burned like you can in the lab (too may variables, including ambient temperature, biomechanics, etc.), but 77 is probably pretty close. I hope that helps. Rich
 
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JeannieY replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
Thanks a lot Rich. It's very helpful.
 
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to JeannieY's response:
You're welcome Jeannie.


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