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Burning carbs

07/03/2008

Question:

Is there a way to calculate how may carbs you are burning while using an elliptical? It will calcuate calories burned, but I am interested in the amount of carbs burned. Thank you.

Answer:

Carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram.  However, everyone's body is different, and whether you're burning carbohydrates, proteins, or fats is dictated by a number of factors.

The most important thing is "calories in" and "calories out".  If you eat more calories then you burn off, you will gain weight.  If you burn more calories then you eat, you will lose weight.

Think "calories" not "carbs".

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Response by:

Jayme   Johnson, MS Jayme Johnson, MS
Program Manager
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati