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September 7, 2013 4:23 PM
Hello,

Can somebody please tell me how to add exercise and the calories I burned doing them in the exercise section without those calories being added to my daily allotment of food calories?

I only want to eat a certain number of calories a day, regardless of the exercise I am doing and cannot see where I can change that setting.

Thank you,

Craig
September 7, 2013 4:32 PM
Some of my friends override the amount of calories listed and log them as 1 calorie burned. Then in the notes they can list the real amount burned. That way only a couple of calories are added to your daily allowance, yet you can still look back in your notes to see what you did and what you burned.
  30965405
September 7, 2013 4:48 PM
go into settings and hit custom...then you can put in the amount of calories that you want to eat...your exercise will still effect them but simple subtraction will keep you in line
September 7, 2013 4:53 PM
Manually enter your exercise and enter 1 calorie for it, either that or do not enter your exercise into MFP and just use it to track food. Either way good luck to you.
  15000910
September 7, 2013 5:49 PM
Thanks for asking this question. I've wondered the same thing. I work very hard not to eat my exercise calorie and find it confusing. The simple math works for the calories but the exercise also adds carbs, protein and fat. I add my exercise at the end of the day but I'm sure I'm missing some exercise that I've done.
  8715917
September 7, 2013 7:22 PM
Have 2 separate fitness pal accounts. Name one food and the other exercise.
September 7, 2013 7:34 PM
If you enter them under strength exercises, they won't get added.
September 7, 2013 8:03 PM
why don't you just create the post yourself type out "x burned 255 cals doing 30 mins aerobic" that wont show up, lol
September 7, 2013 8:09 PM
Just do a quick added calories into your food of what you burned to offset the calories burned by the workout. easy solution. :-)
  4420149
September 7, 2013 8:13 PM
If you don't want them showing up as calories you need to eat, just don't log your calories. Really, if you're not eating back exercise calories, than logging your exercise has no real point other than bragging. You can write down somewhere else what you burned if you want it for your own purpose, but I don't eat exercise calories, and therefore I don't log every time I work out because it doesn't matter what I burned on here, it only matters what I ate. I know I am burning calories because I know I am being active, but there's no purpose for me to log it just to screw up my number and have to do added math that I don't want to do each day.
  38468804
September 8, 2013 9:19 AM
Wow! I just joined this in late august and I am amazed at the support from you all asking my first question on the forum. Thank you for all of your input! I will continue what I am doing, and that is putting one calorie for anything that requires an entry. I didn't think of adding the calories in the notes! That is a great idea. Thank you all!
September 8, 2013 9:24 AM
It's important to keep in mind, however, that there's a reason why MFP adds calories back from exercise. If you exercise and don't eat enough, it can be unhealthy and stall your weight loss. Rather than lying to your diary, I think it might be better to set a higher weekly weight loss goal and get a lower net calorie intake.
  33596505
September 8, 2013 9:32 AM
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It's important to keep in mind, however, that there's a reason why MFP adds calories back from exercise. If you exercise and don't eat enough, it can be unhealthy and stall your weight loss. Rather than lying to your diary, I think it might be better to set a higher weekly weight loss goal and get a lower net calorie intake.


This!
September 8, 2013 6:03 PM
Thank you Ginger. That is a good point to remember. I actually joined myfitnesspal because it was recommended by my Wharton Medical clinic consultants. They did a resting metabolic rate and it was roughly 3100 calories. They set me up with 2300 per day and that is also supposed to include variance for some exercise, like walking and light resistance training. I imagine if I start really hitting the Gym, I had better ask them about more calorie allowance. Your comment is very helpful. I am 309 pounds with a BMI of 43 :D So begins the journey of 1000 miles :D

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