I’ve received a lot of questions about calories in vs. calories out so I thought I’d start by answering this question with the data, yo. You know that I’m not really a fan of counting calories, but I thought it would be fun to strap on my heart rate monitor for a week to see how many calories I’d be sweating out. For a full week, I monitored and recorded how many calories I burned during my workouts, and ta-da! Here they are
note: I’ve been following Kayla Itsine’s BBG program
My week of Workouts
BBG week 20 Legs
Calories burned: 237
HIIT Spin Class
Calories burned: 408
BBG week 20 Arms
Calories burned: 184
HIIT at home workout
Calories burned: 108
BBG week 20 Abs
Calories burned: 106
BBG week 20 Full Body
Calories burned: 210
I have to be honest… the results were a tad underwhelming for me. I mean, I feel like such a badass while I’m working out so you’d think my heart rate monitor would portray that too!? It’s definitely NOT all about the numbers though so let’s just push past this together.
The BIGGEST lesson to be learned here is that you’re not going to reach your weight goals by just working out. What truly matters is what you eat and drink. We burn far fewer calories than expected during a workout, and it’s way too easy to eat those calories PLUS some right after a sweat session.
I’m not saying you should ditch your weekly spin class or BBG program by any means. It’s super important to keep active. It’s just not EVERYTHING when it comes to weight loss, toning, getting & staying fit. You’ll see results when you combine exercise with mindful and healthy eating. Your results are going to come from 80% diet and 20% exercise.
Calories out are not everything
So there you are, for all you curious calorie-torching Nellies out there. Remember that every single person is going to have a different result based on which workout they’re doing, how fit they are, how much they weigh, yada, yada, yada. But my results give you a general ballpark as to how many calories you’ll be burning if you’re following a similar program.
Also note that the amount of calories we burn in any given workout doesn’t have a direct correlation to how much weight we’ll lose, or how toned we’ll get, or whatever your goal may be. So don’t let the number be your indicator of how hard you’re working. I know and you know that you’re hustlin’, so just keep up the amazing work you’re doing. But basically, eating mindfully while incorporating some exercise will help you lose weight more quickly than just working out alone.
Love, peace, and #absaremadeinthekitchen