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SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,948
3/16/13 10:32 P

Unless you are seriously training for some competitive stuff there is no need to do 2hrs cardio daily at all. Also, I hope that you are giving your body a break at least ONE day per week from exercise - this will help it to repair any tiny muscle tears, etc. which WILL happen with exercise.

Apart from that, SP doesn't give a specific calorie to aim for - it gives a range, so I strongly suspect that the 1370 would be the very minimum for a non-work-out day.

Your mindset seems ALMOST to the degree of less is better - but the reality is that less is sometimes very harmful!

The other thing that occurs to me, when you put in your details (current weight, time-frame to lose the weight, and exercise) did you set it aggressively? That means for a big weight-loss. Aim for about 1/2lb -2lb per week. Also, did you put in the amount and type of exercise you are currently doing? If not, that can make a big impact on the calorie range, too!


MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,731)
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3/16/13 9:16 P

What form of cardio are you doing for 2 hours?

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/16/13 9:13 P

What you've heard is not valid.

There is no useful information in subtracting exercise burned calories from food taken in calories.

There IS a general recommendation not to eat below 1200, but that's initial intake, not a net minimum. Under that level of calories, you are unlikely to be getting the right nutrition, minerals, vitamins, that a body needs.

You don't need more vitamin C if you've just worked out though. :)

So no, you don't need to ensure that food - exercise doesn't dip below 1200. That makes no sense.

However, DO check into whether that 1370 is valid or not. For example, plenty of people do their maths with a 2lb/week loss rate, but can't actually achieve that because they don't weigh more than 200 pounds now. So check that your expected rate of loss is valid for your current weight and reasonable, and that your fitness calories burned are accounted for in your calculation of your needs, and you will be okay.

(Edit: Just read the other response and it picked up on what I missed. Two hours a day? Definitely the 1370 is not enough food for you.)

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 3/16/2013 (21:14)
SLASALLE SparkPoints: (250,973)
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3/16/13 9:11 P

Two hours of cardio a day is a LOT of exercise. Honestly, I would think that 1370 calories a day would be at the LOW end of your range.

I don't understand your question - "I've read that your calories should be back up to 1200 after a workout so you don't go into starvation mode." So I can't be of much help here.

But I can tell you that if you do two hours of cardio every day and on a regular basis, 1370 calories per day is not supporting that much exercise. I've learned from personal experience that if you're exercising a lot, you NEED to eat more to support that exercise. If you don't, exactly what you describe above happens. You'll quit losing weight.

I hope this helps.

AWESOMEGIRL026 SparkPoints: (3)
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3/16/13 8:55 P

I have a question about my calorie count. I'm trying to lose weight and my calorie counter says I need to eat 1370 calories a day.

I do about 2 hours of cardio a day. I've read that your calories should be back up to 1200 after a workout so you don't go into starvation mode, but I don't want to consume too many calories and not lose. Help please!?!

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