Burning Calories with your Lap Band

burning calories with your lap bandWhen you are trying to lose weight a lot of energy goes into thinking about calories. After all, the number of calories burned vs the number of calories taken in is what determines how much weight you are able to lose.

The Lap Band will help you out a lot with limiting how many calories you are taking in. Lap Band is designed to restrict hunger by actually limiting the size of your stomach with the specially designed belt that is inserted laparoscopically around the stomach. Once in place, the Lap Band will prevent you from feeling overly hungry and will help you feel full after greatly reduced portions.

From there, it is up to you to figure out how to spend your energy in a way that will help you burn more calories. The science of burning calories is a rather difficult one to keep up with. That is because the amount of calories that you will burn doing any given activity depends on a number of factors.

These factors include:

  • How much you weigh
  • The length of time you engage in the activity
  • The level of intensity at which you perform that activity

This means that if you and a friend decide to work out together, you will both likely burn a different number of calories, even if you are both engaged in similar, or even the same, activities.

Of course, there are some activities that are going to help you burn more calories than others. You can break down how many calories an activity will help you burn by calories per body weight pound per hour, and come up with a good understand of what burns more than others.

Here is a short list to give you an idea of how many calories you’ll burn doing different activities:

  • Basketball: 3.78 calories / body weight pound / hour
  • Baseball: 1.86 calories / body weight pound / hour
  • Light household cleaning: 1.62 calories / body weight pound / hour
  • Cooking: 1.29 calories / body weight pound / hour
  • Bicycling leisurely: 1.74 calories / body weight pound / hour
  • Dancing: 2.28 calories / body weight pound / hour

So, for someone who weighs about 200 lbs, playing an hour-long game of basketball could cause you to burn over 700 calories! But for that to happen you’d need to be running around the entire time.

Tracking calories in and out isn’t always exact, but attempting to keep track can give you a decent idea of what your body is experiencing. A much easier way to track this information is to go ahead and download an activity tracker app. There are plenty of free versions in your app store that you can try out.