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RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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4/24/13 12:41 P

The people who are saying "no" are wrong, though maybe it's just because of the phrasing. You don't "eat back your workout calories", both because your body doesn't really work that way and because your workout calories may in any case not be accurate. But you can and probably should eat more if you are doing a substantial amount of exercise than if you are donig very little. Depending on your current weight, height, and calorie expenditure, Spark People may recommend a higher calorie intake for you than for someone who is not exercising.

4/24/13 12:34 P

Listen to your body. If you're hungry, eat. But remember that in order to lose weight, you must consume less calories than you output!

CCBULLDOG Posts: 658
4/24/13 12:20 P

I have to say, when I was eating 1200 calories and working out, I had trouble losing weight. I started eating in the middle of the calorie range and starting losing weight. Sometimes you have to play with the numbers a bit. I would say if you're working out, you should eat more than 1200 emoticon

ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/24/13 12:12 P

First, despite what two others have said: yes, even if you want to lose weight you can eat your 'burned' work out calories.

Basically, if you didn't work out at all and ate in your range, you could still lose weight.
If you burn 300 calories in a work out, and eat 300 extra calories because of that, you could still lose weight, even if you go a bit over your range.
If you burn 300 calories in a work out, and stay within you *range* instead of eating the extra, you can still lose weight.

If you are working out and feeling starving, tired, weak... EAT. If you are working out, it's probably best to *not* eat at the lower end of your range.

Mostly, if you're working out, be sure to include your estimated weekly work-out goals in your spark fitness because those burned calories will be accounted for in your spark nutrition range. So if you work out a lot during the week, your range may go up because of that.

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,380)
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4/24/13 3:35 A

Ummmm...not if you want to lose weight, no.

RAKRHYME SparkPoints: (13,441)
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4/24/13 2:54 A

weight loss comes from calorie deficit that is burning more than what you if u eat back what you burnt in exercise,it wont be a calorie deficit.
on the days you workout u may b hungrier than can take an extra snack which is a low cal and make sure that u r still within the SP prescribed calorie range and never replenish the calories for example if u usually have 1200 cal a day and today u burnt 400 cal in exercise, u can eat max of 300 cal more such that u still stay within the 1200-1500 cal range prescribed by SP for most of us..

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,718)
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4/24/13 12:01 A

Also, generally the 1200 calories is an average weight woman who is sedentary to maintain that weight. An overweight woman who is doing work-outs, really needs to eat more, but then again, you have a range, so you might find that at times you are better eating to the higher end. ALSO, make sure that you put in all of your exercise and nutrition, because then it will alert you if you aren't eating enough for the amount of exercise you are doing.


UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/23/13 8:38 P

I think the important thing here is what Heather said - it's a "range" for a reason. "Stick right to 1200"? Only if you want to be tired and listless all the time and have less success with weight loss.

It's a range. Use it all.

You may (or may not) find that on workout days you are a little hungrier and want 1400, or 1500 calories. That's what the range is for.

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4/23/13 7:49 P

no if you want to loose weight

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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4/23/13 7:48 P

First thing's first. :) Sparkpeople doesn't give you a single number. It gives you a range, and at a minimum, that range will be 1200-1550. So no, you don't have to stick to 1200 no matter what. If your range is 1200-1550, at your weight, I wonder, what is your currently weekly weight loss goal? While you could theoretically lose 2 lbs per week, that's going to be increasingly more difficult as you lose. 1-1.5 lbs per week is more reasonable at your weight. ;)

Secondly, no, you don't eat your workout calories. You enter your weekly calorie expenditure in your fitness goals, and the program adjusts your calories overall accordingly. That ensures you get enough to support your activity level while keeping you at a deficit, without undoing the hard work you did by eating it all back.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/23/2013 (19:56)
CLASSYCLAM SparkPoints: (2,896)
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4/23/13 7:30 P

if i burn say 300 cal a day can i eat those back on top of my 1200 (so 1500 cal instead) or should i stick right to the 1200 no matter what?

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