Not really, no. While you may need more calories than someone working a sedentary job, you need fewer than someone doing an equivalent amount of cardio. Your body adapts over time, and your heart rate never gets in the cardio range, so it's not exercise. Especially since you're cooking, and not waiting tables (or something similar that requires a lot of movement.)
Additionally, weight loss is about the food you eat, not the exercise you do. So if you're eating too much (even if those choices are healthier) you won't make any headway. It's a lot easier to eat 300 calories than to burn it!
Here's how you determine if you need more calories than the allowance provided (although you still shouldn't track it as exercise!)www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
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