Calories burned on elliptical in 20 minutes not correct.

Hello I created an elliptical exercise entry of 20 minutes and the app says that I burned 113 kcal during the 20 minutes. But the elliptical machine says I burned 280 kcal. How can I adjust how many calories I actually burned in that 20 minute time frame to reflect what it says on the elliptical machine.

Thanks Ed.

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  • Answer ✓

    No worries, enjoy the rest of your day/night.

  • edited July 2019 Answer ✓

    Hello @CeliacMan ,

    Our exercise estimates are based on the adjusted MET values given from the Compendium of Physical Activities (

    If you wish, you can create a custom exercise use the calories burned from your elliptical. You can set up a custom exercise by following these steps:

    1) Login to the website
    2) Select 'Add Exercise', this will open the 'Add Exercise to Diary' dialog box
    3) At the bottom of this box, There is the option to add a custom exercise. Simply click in the text box to change the name, add in the number of minutes you were on the elliptical, and put in XXX kcal based on your elliptical counter.

    It's important to note that most exercise machines don't take your weight into account when counting the calories.



  • You could multiple the minutes till it tallies? But you can create a custom exercise using a browser and not the app.

  • Yes thanks for the advice. Tweaking the minutes spent on the elliptical to match the true caloires burned would work; however, I would like to accurately keep track of how many minutes per week I spend on the elliptical. Tweaking that metric would make it unusable. I think I will look into your other method of creating a custom exercise on the web. Are you talking about the web version of chronometer? Also my other question is how does the chronometer app calculate that I only burned 113 calories on the elliptical in 20 minutes when in fact I burned 265. Where does it get its calculation from?



  • edited July 2019

    Are you talking about the web version of chronometer? Yes

    Dunno I'm just a user like you, otherwise I'd be cleaning up their crdb data as it's pretty bad in spots :)

    Maybe one or more of your metrics are incorrect height/weight?

  • Yup I couldn't be more stupid lol. I did the elliptical today and it showed in 20 minutes I burned around 127 Cal. Exactly what chronometer says. The problem is I was looking at the estimated calories burned in one hour that is also displayed on the elliptical which said 268 Cal's. Sorry to have wasted your time. Perhaps I will eventually get to a point where I am doing one hour on the elliptical and it will actually be 280 calories I burn. Lol


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