Is the machine calorie counter right. Its that counter on the cardio machines that count the calories your burning right. I entered in my weight on the elliptical machine, 250 pounds, and started doing cardio. After 15 minutes straight it said i burned 205 calories. Are these correct.
I don't think they are very accurate to be honest but that's just me.
It's doubtful they are very accurate, but to be fair the same goes for many other things such as nutritional labels, bodyfat testers, scales etc. They all have their issues.
If you are serious about tracking calories in vs. out, the best way to do this is to be consistent with training and food for a period of time and then adjust accordingly.
For example, I'm not fussed about looking at the calories as I do cardio. But if I do 3 x 45 mins for 4 weeks and I want to take it another level, I just add one extra session in and monitor.
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Like Dan said... basically you need to monitor results.
When I am cutting weight for fights I do something for a week and see what effect it has... Lets say you are eating 3000 calories a day... Workout on the machine until IT SAYS you have done 500 calories... then if at the end of the week you have lost weight or maintained or whatever your goals stick at it... if you haven't then go up to 600 calories, then 700 calories and so on.