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When a treadmill tells you that you have burned 1238 calories, what does that mean exactly. Is it in terms of mechanical energy, or how many food calories you have burned? I know that food calories are actually in kilocalories, are the machines the same? Does the body do one calorie worth of work for each calorie consumed, or is there a degree of inefficiency? Basiclly what I am asking is, if I eat a candy bar with 300 calories and then burn 300 calories on the treadmill, am I even?
 

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When a treadmill tells you that you have burned 1238 calories, what does that mean exactly. Is it in terms of mechanical energy, or how many food calories you have burned? I know that food calories are actually in kilocalories, are the machines the same? Does the body do one calorie worth of work for each calorie consumed, or is there a degree of inefficiency? Basiclly what I am asking is, if I eat a candy bar with 300 calories and then burn 300 calories on the treadmill, am I even?

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I have always wondered that too! :help:
 

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You'd actually get ahead, because after a hard workout your body continues to burn calories at an accelerated rate for several hours. :waytogo:
 
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