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Activities, The Calorie Burn

Written by Diet Bites


All activity burns calories, even breathing, coughing and laughing.

Did you know that the amount of calories you burn for a specific activity depends on the amount you weigh?

In other words, a 100 person will burn less calories during the same activity that a 200 pound person is performing.

Why so? Because it requires a lot more energy to move 200 pounds than it does 100.

More Weight Equals More Energy Necessary to Sustain

In addition, the more weight a dieter loses - the less calories their body requires to sustain their current weight. If they have more muscle mass, they will require more energy values to support the muscle than they will fatty tissue.

Muscle Mass vs Flab

For example, if Ben is quite muscular and his friend Bo is quite flabby - and if they weigh the same and are of the same height and age, it will require more energy values to support Ben's body weight than Bo's. Simply put, Ben can eat and drink quite a few more calories than his friend Bo.

In order to lose more weight they may have to trim even more calories from their daily diet - or add more exercise to their daily routine.

While exercise can be a pain, it may actually be less bothersome than cutting calories from the daily diet. And moving boosts metabolic rate while toning muscles which take more calories to support than fat.

Which is best for losing weight? Running or Walking?

Did you know that whether you run a mile, or walk a mile - you'll burn about the same number of calories?

However, the run will strengthen your heart, muscles and lungs and while muscle builds over time amid activity, it will require an increase in energy intake to support. Simply put? You can eat more food without experiencing weight gain and your body will be in a higher state of good health.

Many other things come into play when making calculations in the Activity Burn Field, such as an individual's personal composite, chemical makeup and metabolic rate. Two individuals may mirror one another in several areas yet experience two totally different rates of metabolic burn.

Listed below are a few examples of about how many calories an activity will burn for 20 minutes of activity based on an individual who weight about 150 pounds.

Amount of Calories Burned by Walking, Playing Sports & Swimming

TYPE OF ACTIVITY

CALORIES BURNED
10 MINUTES

20 MINUTES

30 MINUTES

60 MINUTES

Easy Walking

30 

60 

90 

 120

Brisk Walking

50

100

150 200

Badminton

57.5

115

172.5 230

Gymnastics

70

140

210 280

Dancing

80

160

240 320

Tennis

80

160

240 320

Football

90

180

270 360

Bicycling

110

220

330 440

Swimming

120

240

360 480

For  Section II of Diet Teen click here.  It's packed with more savvy teen Diet Tips!  

Weight Loss Tips

Try the following dieting tips for weight loss success:

- Got the munchies for something sweet?

Try a sucker.  While suckers lack nutritional goodness, they take a long time to eat, and will help satisfy and fill up a sweet tooth for about 50 - 80 calories.

- Keep in mind that a bunch of little changes in your diet might be better than one big change. If you have never been able to take off the unwanted weight, it's time to try something different.

Example: Rather than cut back severely on calorie intake, start choosing fruits in their natural states for dessert; try eating a salad or soup before mealtime and consume more fiber for a feeling of fullness.

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