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Saturday, January 26, 2013

This week, I attended three Body Combat classes. They are rigorous! According to the instructor, Sparkpeople and most calorie counters, I'm burning off about 700 calories a session. I sweat buckets and drink tons of water during the class.

I've noticed this week that I've been extremely hungry. It could be hormonal, but the difference this week has been the classes. I think I undid all the work of these classes with my eating. The good news is that I'm eating at maintenance; the bad news is that I've added on some of the water weight I lost doing South Beach Phase 1.

So what's best? A 1,200 to 1,500 calorie diet with moderate exercise? Or a 1,500 to 2,000 calorie diet with rigorous exercise? I haven't crunched the numbers so I don't know.

I'm trying to direct myself to healthier choices when I'm hungry, but I haven't entirely succeeded. The only thing I can think of to do is some menu planning and shopping next week, so I can eat hearty but good for you foods like soups, casseroles and chili.

All I can do is try it out and go from there.
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SONYALATRECE 1/27/2013 10:29AM

    Our bodies know what we need. Yours is TELLING you..."feed me!"
You are balancing with more nutrition. Hince the "well-balanced" diet...

Sonya

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MOBYCARP 1/26/2013 8:46PM

    None of the calorie burn estimates or measurements are accurate, and most overstate the calories burned. Then there's compensation; most people do less non-exercise activity on days when they exercise heavily.

THBS, exercising vigorously does require eating more than exercising moderately. The hard part is quantifying how much more is required.

The best I've found is to look at weight trends on the scale, and adjust the calories I eat in response to trends. A year ago, when I banged up a foot and couldn't run, the difference between running 4 days a week and not being able to walk 10K steps per day was 800 calories per day. That was a lot less of a difference than I expected, but there you have it. I watched the scale trends and adjusted the nutrition range multiple times, and managed to make the weight go sideways.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/26/2013 7:55PM

    If you're tracking your calorie output properly, Spark will tell you that you're burning too many calories for what you're eating. If this amount of calorie burn is more than you usually do, then it's possible you will need to eat a little more.

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BABY_GIRL69 1/26/2013 4:27PM

    Well if your workouts & intensity increase then you appetite will too. So you just need to plan your meals & snacks & do the 1800 to 2000 caloric intake.

God bless,

Dee

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LYNSEY723 1/26/2013 3:16PM

    I am currently trying to figure out the same thing! I am working out much more vigerously as well and starving all the time. I changed my goals and my calorie range changed from 1200-1550 to now 1400-1750. I think aiming for a 1500 calorie diet with intense exercise should be a pretty decent way to go. Try things out and see how you feel!

Good luck!

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