Burning calories Question

How do you prepare for the rigorous physical requirements of high elevation adventure? Strength and endurance are key, but are only part of a more complex equation. How do you prepare for changes in altitude, exposure, diet, etc.? How do you mentally prepare? Learn from others and share what you know about training in advance for outdoor adventures.
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Burning calories Question

Post by oldranger » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:00 pm

I have spent 5 of the last 6 weeks away from home. Much of the time in the car--over 8,000 miles or on the beach. Food consumption clearly exceeded the number of calories burned and now I am facing the holidays. The most convenient source of excercise now that I am home is "walking the Butte." Wondering how to calculate how many calories I will burn just on the uphill portion of the hike which is 500 ft. of vertical in 1 mile.

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Post by rlown » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:11 pm

could use fitbit. It keeps track of daily activity and does a calories burned calculation as well.

eg: https://www.fitbit.com/alta#features there are other options there as well in terms of product.

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Post by markskor » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:13 pm

Level ground - A good rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile are burned for an 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile for a 120-pound person. If uphill and drinking beer?...depends on the beer I guess.
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Re: Burning calories Question

Post by rlown » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:16 pm

what about if you're 140lbs and carrying a 36lb pack? I love to see your math skills at work, Mark.. :) And what is this concept of level?

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Post by oldranger » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:39 pm

there must be a calculation for the number of calories it takes to move 1 lb up 1 ft!
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Post by maverick » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:00 pm

Here you go Mike: http://hikingscience.blogspot.com/p/cal ... ed_22.html


Cut any simple carbs out of your diet Mike, if you have not already. No white potato, white flour, white bread, or white rice (brown rice too). Eliminate all forms of sugar, 100% chocolate okay. Yams, whole wheat pasta (especially protein enriched), beans, some fruit (especially apples/pears/blueberries), nuts, and copious amounts of vegetables (no starchy ones).
Stick to fish, fowl, and eggs (whites) as your main protein source.
You can exercise all you want, but if your diet is out of whack, you won't have too much to show for it, especially during the holidays.

PS This works for most of clients I work with at the gym. ;)
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Re: Burning calories Question

Post by ERIC » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:58 pm

markskor wrote:Level ground - A good rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile are burned for an 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile for a 120-pound person. If uphill and drinking beer?...depends on the beer I guess.
What if I'm 180lbs and drinking a hoppy IPA on flat ground (albeit, heart rate is up from extended family stress and wrangling little ones)? I need to know if I'm allowed two, or ideally three of those IPAs.
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Re: Burning calories Question

Post by rlown » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:12 pm

oh.. you haven't experienced Metoprolol or Lisinopril yet.

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Re: Burning calories Question

Post by The Other Tom » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:13 pm

maverick wrote:Here you go Mike: http://hikingscience.blogspot.com/p/cal ... ed_22.html


Cut any simple carbs out of your diet Mike, if you have not already. No white potato, white flour, white bread, or white rice (brown rice too). Eliminate all forms of sugar, 100% chocolate okay. Yams, whole wheat pasta (especially protein enriched), beans, some fruit (especially apples/pears/blueberries), nuts, and copious amounts of vegetables (no starchy ones).
Stick to fish, fowl, and eggs (whites) as your main protein source.
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100% chocolate ? Kinda bitter ?

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Re: Burning calories Question

Post by ERIC » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:24 pm

rlown wrote:oh.. you haven't experienced Metoprolol or Lisinopril yet.
No thanks. Waiting for January, unlike Markskor.
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