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Calories burned on feet at work?? Is this true?


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I recently started a job at Walgreens where I'm on my feet for my whole shift. Sometimes I'm walking around...arranging things, etc...sometimes I'm at the register.

I came home last night with an appetite, and even though I never eat late at night, I felt like I had to eat something. I was wondering if I could have burned a lot of calories at work so my body wanted to compensate for it, and I looked up "Standing; Light" on CC and it says I burn about 178 calories per hour??? I worked 5 hours last night! Is it really possible that I could have burned up to 890 calories? Even if you reduce it to say, 120 calories per hour just to be safe, that's still 600 calories I burned working?


Is this reasonable? I'm just having a hard time believing it, even though I was kind of tired after being on my feet all night. I'd appreciate the help!

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Keep in mind that you would have burned 400 or so calories anyway just by being alive. The calories this estimates does not subtract the calories you would burned doing nothing.

What I do to get a better idea is put my setting on sedentary and log my activities ( exercise and every daily walking, cleaning, etc.) and then I go to another site (prevention.com and put in what I think my level is (moderate or high which is on feet most of day) and sure enough it comes out within 50 calories burned every time. I about drove these folks crazy with trying to figure out the burn meter thing. The advise was great which is what I did...put your setting on sedentary and go from there. Eventually you can get an average of what you burn. Hope this helps. Also, the burn meter automatically adjust itself, so it is pretty good as an estimate.

Thanks, that does sound more reasonable. Darn... I knew it was too good to be true. :(

Original Post by byebyepounds0916:

Thanks, that does sound more reasonable. Darn... I knew it was too good to be true. :(

 Actually it is a good thing that you have a job that keeps you on your feet alot. I am blessed that I no longer have to do acccounting in an office all day or be in the corporate world anymore. I think I would go crazy sitting so much. Those calories of walking and standing really add up. You can also get a pedometer and see ow many steps you are walking. I tried that but I kept losing them cause I am in the garden bending over a lot and never know what I will be doing from 1 minute to the next, so did not work for me except to get a baseline for a couple of days...then I got tired of buying them..LOL!

 

For me, a five hour shift usually ends up adding about 300 calories to my burn for the day (that's with what you already would have burned just being alive removed from the equation). I'm a hostess at a restaurant, so I have a similiar amount of activity on the job as you do. :-) However, I don't know your height/weight but if the meter says 170-something for 'standing: light' you're probably burning more than me--probably closer to 400. For me it says 128, I believe. (I'm 5'2, 124 pounds).

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by systemp:

Keep in mind that you would have burned 400 or so calories anyway just by being alive. The calories this estimates does not subtract the calories you would burned doing nothing.

 

Yeah, I've been on them to change that since 2006... it doesn't adequately explain anywhere that the calories listed in the activity logs INCLUDES the baseline calories, so when you enter an activity for say an hour, the daily log now has 23 hours of 'sedentary' plus 1 hour 'activity'... this means if you think you can eat another 300 calories because CC says you burned 300 calories on the treadmill, think again...

but it DOES include it! It's just not very obvious for intense exercise because the base amount is pretty small... but if you log half an hour of light housework (110 calories for me) then look at your activity meter, it's only added 70 to the total. The other 40 calories didn't vanish into thin air. If you look at your Activity Meter, it's right there.

As for the OP, yes, being on your feet for hours at a time burns a LOT of calories... and it can really make a difference to your burn.

There is something that no one takes into consideration.  As you start this job you will burn more calories, if this is not the kind of job you had before.   Your body has to get use to the new routine.  While its doing so, it thinks your working it harder than you probably actually are. 

Its why my husbands martial arts instructor keeps mixing up the routine.  IF you always do the same thing, then your body gets use to it, settles into burning that many calories, but if you switch it up a lot so it never gets comfortable then you can burn more.  Work is no different.   Hubby dropped 10 lbs when he switched jobs just because he was doing something different.   His last job was harder than this one physically, but his body wasn't use to it, so it burned more for a couple of weeks.

 

Original Post by kajikit:

but it DOES include it! It's just not very obvious for intense exercise because the base amount is pretty small... but if you log half an hour of light housework (110 calories for me) then look at your activity meter, it's only added 70 to the total. The other 40 calories didn't vanish into thin air. If you look at your Activity Meter, it's right there.

As for the OP, yes, being on your feet for hours at a time burns a LOT of calories... and it can really make a difference to your burn.

 

Well yeah. your log on CC takes it into consideration, but not the calorie calculators.

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