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Same Activity but different Calorie Consumption

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If two people perform the same activity, they will get different results. How is this possible? The answer is that they have different body weight.

People with different body weight will lose different amount of calories

If two people with different body weight perform the same activity, they will not have lost the same amount of calories. This is important to keep in mind if you are trying to lose weight.

Calorie consumption calculations are based on average body weight

Many writings about losing weight doing a certain activity are often calculations based on an average weight of about 176 lb (80 kg). This means that if you are not aware of this fact, you may be disappointed finding out that your results are less optimistic than the writings have suggested.

If you weigh less, you will consume fewer calories

This knowledge may help you avoid any setback with your training and weight loss. Remember the simple fact that if you weigh less you will consume fewer calories, compared to people who weigh more.

The amount of calories you lose depend on your body weight

The tables below demonstrate this fact. They show that the amount of calories you lose depends on your body weight. Table 1 covers “Sports Activities”, and Table 2 covers “Everyday Activity”. The numbers are divided into three weight groups.

Notice that the last weight group is lacking an above limit since overweight at some point stops the energy consumption. You will not burn more calories since the overweight forces slower movements. Please also notice that you might get another result since the numbers are affected by the intensity of each activity.

Table 1: Sport Activity during 10 minutes without any break

Sport activity

121 lb – 176 lb

(55 – 80 kg)

177 lb – 242 lb

(81 – 110 kg)

243 lb –

(111 kg -)

Table tennis

30

45

65

Golf

30

60

70

Swimming (backstroke)

30

45

65

Dancing (slow)

35

50

70

Swimming (crawl)

40

55

80

Cycling 6 mph / 10 km/h

40

60

85

Volleyball

45

65

95

Badminton

45

65

95

Walking fast 3 mph / 5 km/h

50

70

100

Dancing (intensive)

50

65

95

Horse riding

55

80

110

Tennis

55

80

115

Basketball

60

80

120

Soccer

70

100

140

Skiing (downhill)

80

110

160

Cycling 12 mph / 20 km/h

90

125

180

Canoeing 4mph /6,5 km/h

90

130

185

Skiing (long distance)

100

140

195

Running 6mph /10 km/h

120

165

230

Running 12 mph / 20 km/h

165

230

330

Table 2: Everyday Activity during 10 minutes without any break

Everyday activity

121 lb – 176 lb

(55 – 80 kg)

177 lb – 242 lb

(81 – 110 kg)

243 lb –

(111 kg -)

Making your bed

30

45

65

Gardening

30

40

60

Chopping wood

60

85

120

Cooking

30

45

65

Pulling weed

50

70

100

Sit and talk

15

20

30

Shoving snow

65

90

130

Sleeping

10

15

20

Standing still

10

15

25

Watching TV

10

15

20

Cleaning windows

35

50

70

Cleaning floors

40

55

75

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