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I want to lose some weight via counting calories. The figures I found for climbing seem to be way off (up to 900 for an hour) I wonder if anyone has some input for this, preferably backed up, not just "I think its..."


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depends on your weight, how long you continuously climb, and how often you take a break off the wall. take a look at that list and compare some similar activities.
http://www.nutribase.com/exercala.htm


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herites wrote:
I want to lose some weight via counting calories. The figures I found for climbing seem to be way off (up to 900 for an hour) I wonder if anyone has some input for this, preferably backed up, not just "I think its..."

Problem is, you'll never find an answer because it depends on too many variables. the 900 an hour might be correct for someone speed climbing the nose on El Cap, but if you are just slowly climbing some easy routes you'll be burning many fewer. Add to that the fact that you generally aren't climbing for an hour straight, but generally climb for 10 or 15 minutes, then stop and belay, then move your stuff to the next route, rack up again, ect. and it makes it even harder to estimate.


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http://www.rockclimbing.com/...post=2387550#2387550


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Thanks Jay, just what I wanted. It seems I can calculate climbing 10 kcal/min, so a 2*30 min ARC is about 600 calories.


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Nice info Jay, It's interesting that difficulty doesn't play into it very much. I do wonder if the steepness of a route would cause a bigger difference than basing it purely off the rating (all though the two can be correlated).


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Nice post Jay! Just curious how does (if any) the weight of said climber affect Bertuzzi's data?


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Now if you climbing with a 40-50 pound backpack wouldn't you lose extra calories or something?

Especially if you were climbing multi-pitches?
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I would say that what you eat is more important than counting calories. While decreasing total numbers of calories will help, changing your diet as well will make a huge difference. Also, if you really want to lose weight start running. (Take all of this with a grain of salt, I've never been in a position where I've had to lose weight.)


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My approch to counting calories, which seemed to work quite well for me:

1) Count your calorie intake and get a baseline for what youíre taking in. Also use this time to be honest with yourself with how often youíre snacking, if the protions youíre taking are too big, etc. See what you could/should reduce.

2) Start looking at what foods are better bang for your buck. Carbs arenít evil, I just found they were generally not very filling for how many colories I took in from them. I started easting a lot more fruits and veggies and generally more effective choices when I could (ie- taking almonds to the crag instead of granola bars).

3) Reduce your total intake and see how you feel different times through the week for different activities. You will probably have to increase your calorie intake before and during certain activities. I found it really helped to eat more on Fridays before a weekend of climbing. I really liked a good dose of carbs on Friday, usually opting for this to be my pasta night.

I never got into counting how many calories I was burning from exercise, I pretty much just tried to keep my calorie intake lower without impacting my physical activities. I didnít lose weight quickly but I did see improvments over a few months.


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kennoyce wrote:

Nice info Jay, It's interesting that difficulty doesn't play into it very much. I do wonder if the steepness of a route would cause a bigger difference than basing it purely off the rating (all though the two can be correlated).

It could be related to the cycling mantra "it doesn't get easier, you just get faster." I know I climb far slower up hard routes than easy ones and yet, my heart rate often stays in the same window.


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Doubt its 900cal/hr... however if you want to lose weight.. the best way would be to first :
Calculate your BMR ( Basic Metabolic Rate )
then your TDEE ( Total Daily Energy Expenditure )

This will give you the amount of calories required to maintain your current weight.....
if you want to loose weight simply lessen the cal's by 500 and increase cardio.. speed climbing would be a good start..

Good luck hope this helps!Wink


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If you at a climbing gym, that has cardio equip, do this. Try your project, route or boulder, then take a 10-15 minute rest and go do cardio, not so hard that you get all sweaty and your hands sweat. Heart rate around maybe 120 110 ish. You more than triple the caliories you burned that workout. It doesn't seem to impede my climbing performance either. Or do something like this.


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