The Marc Jacobs Weight Loss Journal exposes the secrets of diet and weight loss. I do not want to keep you in a state of suspense. Here is the secret: Eat Less. Exercise is critical to one's health. Exercise is not the critical component of weight loss. This blog will focus on a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on eating properly. Marvelous mental musings posted daily. I make an effort to be interesting, instructive and inspiring.
Monday, March 14, 2016
HOW DOES FITBIT CALCULATE CALORIES?
This information was provided within the fitbit app on my phone.
How does Fitbit estimate how many calories I've burned?
Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate at which you burn calories at rest just to maintain vital body functions like breathing, heartbeat, and brain activity. Your BMR usually accounts for at least half of the calories you burn in a day and is estimated based on the physical data you entered when you set up your account: gender, age, height, and weight.
The calorie burn estimate that Fitbit provides takes into account your BMR, the activity recorded by your tracker, and any activities you log manually.
Your tracker's calorie count will reset each night at midnight and begin counting immediately thereafter. BMR is the reason your tracker starts the day with calories already burned—you've still burned calories even if you haven't gotten out of bed yet.
HOW EASY WOULD IT BE TO BURN CALORIES IF ALL ONE HAD TO DO WAS LIE IN BED ALL DAY? The problem with this theory is that people still tend to have hearty appetites and the rate that one would burn calories would not keep pace with the rate that one would consume food. This is why it is either a good idea to eat less and/or spend some time exercising to turn up the internal calorie furnace up a notch or two. I have seemingly conquered the desire to be a couch potato. In fact, I have slayed that 'dragon'. I have not yet conquered the desire to (over)eat. And perhaps conquest of that particular 'dragon' may be beyond my abilities - but I will never give up trying to tame it. And that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.