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Old 11-07-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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I just wanted a bit of help or advice. I am 18, I weight 128lb at approximately 18% of body fat. I am really interested how much could I burn during a weight lifting session. Mu heart rate is bit elevated, I do 5 sets of 10 reps and it is hard to finish them. I rest about 1 minute between sets even excercises. I do as much as I can during 1 hour. Can I estimate some way how much do I burn during workouts. Any suggestions?
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I think the amount of calories burned during weight lifting is probably pretty small compared to something like cardio ... but as your body goes into a repairing state after the workout it requires more calories ... so essentially your basic metabolic rate is elevated for many hours after the gym.

Also, as you build more muscle mass you also raise your baisc metabolic rate since muscle requires more cals to feed it throughout the day.

Weight lifting should be considered more of a long term effect when considered as a "calorie burner" ... or at least in my opinion.

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I think the amount of calories burned during weight lifting is probably pretty small compared to something like cardio ... but as your body goes into a repairing state after the workout it requires more calories ... so essentially your basic metabolic rate is elevated for many hours after the gym.

Also, as you build more muscle mass you also raise your baisc metabolic rate since muscle requires more cals to feed it throughout the day.

Weight lifting should be considered more of a long term effect when considered as a "calorie burner" ... or at least in my opinion.

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i know, but i am looking to build some musle and therefore I should eat a bit more calories than I need. In order to be able to count that I think I should know how much a approximately burn during my weight lifting session to eat enough calories in total? See what I mean?
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:17 AM   #4
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I do see what you mean. However, I think you're trying to be too accurate in prediciting how many calories you will burn. These calculations can only get your a "guesstimate" because everyone's body is a bit different. Start with what you think is a reasonble amount of calories for your goals and track your results using body fat % and body weight. Adjust your diet according to your results after each week (or 2) of sticking to your meal plan. This will allow you to "hone in" on the right amount of cals for your body at the time.

It's the results that matter not the predictions.

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:35 AM   #5
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because muscles use a lot of energy to sustain themselves, for every 3 pounds of muscle you build, your body will burn an additional 120 calories per day.

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Old 05-24-2011, 06:48 AM   #6
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but if the goal is to gain muscle, you have to eat. Lots. So worrying about how many calories you might burn (because you're counting calories and trying to lose weight) sounds counterproductive.
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I can tell you my specific experiance. I have always had trouble keeping my weight off after I hit about 24 years old. Before that I could eating anything and actually was taking weight gainer product to put on muscle pounds.

Anyways, now that I'm older I have found the most success in keeping the weight off when I train using weights. It usually take a few months to kick in but it's much easier for me to lose the extra 10 pounds or so of body fat if I'm training on a reqular basis and staying away from the fatting food. On the flip side if I just try to diet without training it a much harder road.

So for my specific body type mesomorph and metabalism weight trainging acts as a natural way to lose weight.
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There's no way cardio burns more calories. Resistance training uses up a ton more energy... perhaps I should say when done properly?

If you're trying to gain then don't worry so much the calorie count rather than proper macros. Say 50-60% carbs, 30-40% protein, 10-20% fats. And a glass of red wine here and there is good too. As long as you keep it clean, you're fine.

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Just to get 10 posts sry T_T
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I donít know where you get your facts about burning 120 cals every 3 pounds of muscle. Do you understand that means you burn 40 cals per pound of muscle a day? That means a person weighing 180 pounds with 140 pounds of muslce burns 5600 cals a day! You would not survive as you would be in a caloric crisis! The proper amount of cals burned per pound of muscle is at most 6 cals! Get your facts straight and think of the obvious!

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