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KIMBAJL Posts: 2,763
8/1/13 10:51 A

I generally don't eat my exercise calories...if I have an event and am going to drink I think its kind of a cushion for it. :)

VIGILANTONE SparkPoints: (21,663)
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8/1/13 10:32 A

WW did that. You would earn so many fitness "points" and then could eat back those points. I found I gained when I did that. I could never understand if you exercised and burned x amount of calories why in the world would you want to eat those back? Seems to go against everything we're trying to accomplish!

LAURIEANDBLUE2K SparkPoints: (43,772)
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7/31/13 5:53 P

I don't eat the calories back and have consistently lost 2 pounds per week. I have worked out for 30 days in a row. I stick to about 1200- 1500 calories per day. After my workouts it says I can increase that number to 1800-2000. I haven't done it yet. I'm afraid to eat that many calories, but that is just me.

ARTLOVER24 SparkPoints: (3,226)
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7/31/13 3:52 P

Okay thanks!
I know when MFP said to eat back the calories, I did and ended up gaining weight so I will try not eating back the calories and see how that goes.
Thanks everyone!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/31/13 2:06 P

Yep. It's the big reason I don't like the new tracker - they spent years teaching planned exercise and that it was a way to a healthy lifestyle and eating enough regularly was a way to fuel yourself, that eating back all your exercise calories and thinking day-to-day was probably not going to get you far. Then they switch it to "you burned 300 calories today, you can eat 300 more calories today".

I eat more or less at maintenance and exercise is pretty much the only deficit I get, so in that scenario eating back those calories won't work.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (59,834)
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7/31/13 1:33 P

Both. :)

Sparkpeople recently added the "exercise = more calories" option to the nutrition tracker. I personally don't like it; I plan my exercise, I do my exercise, and I eat my calories over the course of the week. The advice you're seeing from Coaches is likely before this feature was implemented less than a month ago.

Your mileage may vary.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/31/2013 (13:33)
ARTLOVER24 SparkPoints: (3,226)
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7/31/13 1:11 P

Hey everyone,
So I came over here from My Fitness Pal, and there was a lot of debate about eating or not eating the exercise calories. There seems to be a lot of debate here as well, and I am a bit confused as to what I should do. I have the tracker that shows the food intake minus fitness burned to reach a total calorie deficit. However under the nutrition tracker it says "You burned 534 calories today, you can eat more!" (or something along those lines) So I click it and it says that my calorie range does not take into account if you've exercised for that day. It assumes you have not exercised. Yet I have seen comments on similar posts from Spark Coaches that say to not eat the calories back because the calorie range given to you *was* taking into consideration the calories burnt.

So...which is correct? Anyone care to take a stab at this? HAHA!

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