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JDMAKEIT2HOT Posts: 8,458
3/5/10 1:15 P

i try to work out 2 and a half to 3 hours a day, when i do this i eat 1600 to 1800 calories.

on days where i workout for maybe a hour or an hour and a half and am not doing much else i eat about 1200 to 1300 calories.

this has been working for me.

i dont eat back the calories i burned off , and if i still get hungry i have a little something

Edited by: JDMAKEIT2HOT at: 3/5/2010 (13:16)
3/5/10 10:38 A

This sort of question is never very clear. If I am already eating my bmr calories, then no, I don't eat exercise calories back because then I wouldn't be making a deficit.

I try to eat at or just below my sedentary BMR, and any exercise calories are burned on top of that and go towards my weekly deficit. I probably burn between 1500 and 2000 a week from exercise TOTAL.

NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,463
3/5/10 10:34 A


909BLINDSAY909 Posts: 375
3/5/10 10:31 A

I used to, when I went to the gym in college with friends we would come home and eat junk food. Now that I have a home gym and have started the sparks diet I dont even any junk even if i have worked out.

GETTO10 Posts: 927
3/5/10 10:21 A

Thanks everyone for the great answers. DIETITIANBECKY - thank you I wasn't sure if it did that or not. I think I might need to increase my exercise because I work out more than what I have for fitness minutes.

3/4/10 2:51 P

On days where I do cardio and burn a lot more calories, I try to eat towards the top of my calorie range, but I don't eat extra to make up for it. I can always tell if I haven't eaten enough in a day after a hard cardio day because I am starving. When I enter my calories in, I'm usually at 1000 or less so I make sure to eat 500 or so more.

3/4/10 2:37 P

Since I do lots of cardio, I just tend to say toward the higher end of my calorie range.

3/4/10 2:21 P

I know if you work out a LOT and you don't eat enough calories, your body will hold onto fat.

Edited by: BARONESS-BYRON at: 3/4/2010 (14:22)
3/4/10 2:19 P

Our mathmatical equations take into account your exercise plan when determining your calorie you do NOT need to "eat them back"... if you have a major change in your calories burned, then do update your SP program
dietitian Becky

DIETTECH09 Posts: 25
3/4/10 2:11 P

I stay within my calorie range as well...the 1200-1550. I may do a few more minutes of cardio than asked for each day and a couple times a week, I do double cardio. Kinda like an insurance policy.

3/4/10 2:11 P

no but I do exercise to burn bad eating i guess that is the same thing huh?

CREOLELADY1 Posts: 180
3/4/10 2:08 P

I don't eat them all back but @ 1/2. My range is 1200 - 1550. I try to keep my net above 1200.

GETTO10 Posts: 927
3/4/10 2:04 P

When I was on another forum there was a lot of discussion about eating back your exercise calories. I haven't seen much of that here. Does anyone do that. Their rational was if you ate 1500 cal and you burned 500 you only really have 1000 cal for your body needs so you go in to starvation mode. Where if you ate back the 500 you would be meeting your calories. Just wanted to get some feedback.

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