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Do you trust cals burned on smart watch while walking?


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#1 alnugmalok

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 04:08 PM

It may have been discussed before.. but you trust the cals that your smart watch says you burned while walking? For me they sometimes seem too many.. idk :/



#2 twilyyy

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 04:09 PM

idek man. like I get so paranoid about the calories ive burned because I feel like my smart watch is over estimating them then I end up walking even more to make up for it. ive read that even though they can be accurate they can def over estimate how many calories you've burned 


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#3 JohnThomas93

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 04:28 PM

Here's what I had my friend do. Check your steps before you start NOT WALKING (couch, bed, sitting,driving, working, playing piano, maybe reaching for the remote control or your phone). Next, check them when you're about to START WALKING.
We quickly found out that her steps were inflated by 3 to 4x. This was a few years ago and technology has gotten better.
Another, and older, example was that a friend of mine had an extremely active job. LOTS of walking. His watch said he walked for 46 miles during an 8 hour shift with 45 minutes of break time. He would have had to run the whole time for that to be possible.
I haven't tested new ones (post 2015) but I expect they're way off from what I hear.
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Posted 09 May 2021 - 09:31 PM

No, and I also do not trust it to accurately record my steps, so I just count them in my head. I make ten circles on a piece of paper and cross one off for every thousand steps I take.


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#5 lemonduck

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 11:40 PM

The step count for my fitbit tends to be closely accurate but I don't trust the calories it claims I've burned. In fact I always deduct 100 from my tdee just in case it's inaccurate. 


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#6 sasori

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:40 AM

absolutely not. my doctor very recently told me that tdee calculators are rarely accurate 

i removed the cal burn specs from my fitbit clock face and app.


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#7 finkbooks

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 06:32 PM

no, i think most smart watches overestimate a little especially when running or doing exerting activities like when running or cycling is assumes ur going super hard and putting your 110% best into what you're doing. Sometimes i can literally just sit there and it'll calculate my heart rate and assume that i was doing something and count the calories i wouldve burned. but it just makes me work out for more hours.  


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#8 IWannaBeASkinniMinni

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Posted 30 May 2021 - 09:57 PM

Nope, not at all

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 05:45 AM

I don’t think they’re exactly accurate but some are better than others, you can set on some which heart rate territories feel like “easy, moderate or heavy” exercise and make it more accurate to how you feel while exercising. But step counts will always be around 10% out at the very least but if your watch is picking up movement you’re still burning more calories than you would be at stationary so it kinda equals out. :))


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#10 jennyreborn

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 07:13 AM

my watch underestimates steps. I can count 100 in my head and my watch is on 70 or something. So I think "well it thinks I walked less than I did, it probably thinks I burned more than I did, so if I round it down to the nearest multiple of 50 then it should be close to accurate"

 

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