No, not quite. Subtracting your calories burned from the calories you've eaten that day isn't helpful information. Eating back your calories just slows your weight loss further. You are burning MUCH more than 500 calories a day; in fact, the bulk of your calorie burn comes from just being alive!
You DO need more calories the more you exercise, but not quite that way. SP doesn't subtract exercise day to day, it does calculations based on weeks, and only adjusts when you update the program settings. Here's how SP does its range calculations: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
If you're regularly getting more exercise than your program recommends, update your program to reflect the exercise you're doing, so that you're getting enough to fuel your workouts. It also helps to ensure your goals aren't too aggressive. For example, if someone is over 200 lbs, 2 lbs a week is easily attainable. But someone with only 10 lbs to lose is going to have a very difficult time losing 2 lbs a week safely. So having realistic goals is important. A good rule of thumb is about 3% of your weight loss goal per week.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/13/2013 (17:38)
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