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July 26, 2011 3:41 PM
Why when add my exercise does my daily goal for calories increase?
  9583539
July 26, 2011 3:45 PM
You need to eat back your exercise calories so MFP automatically adjusts it for you.
July 26, 2011 3:45 PM
MFP has allready set up a deficit, so when you work out you increase your deficit. You are then able to eat some of them back.
  431725
August 5, 2011 9:43 AM
Is there a way to make this stop adding back the deficit? I want to keep track of my calories burned but I am not allowing myself to eat more depending on my workouts. This is very confusing and not beneficial when you are trying to lose weight.
August 5, 2011 9:44 AM
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Is there a way to make this stop adding back the deficit? I want to keep track of my calories burned but I am not allowing myself to eat more depending on my workouts. This is very confusing and not beneficial when you are trying to lose weight.

you will still lose weight it.
  7678507
August 5, 2011 9:55 AM
You will still lose weight. The calorie deficit is already built in. Increasing the deficit too much is unhealthy. There is a benefit to adding exercise. Think of the "extra" calories as fuel for your workouts.

Think of it this way ....... if you were a very active person (and NOT trying to lose weight) ..... you would NEED more calories than the sedentary person (who is NOT trying to lose weight). Very active people require more calories for everyday things.

You will see threads about people who eat only part of their calories back ...... that's OK .... EXACT calorie burns for exercise are difficult to come by.
August 5, 2011 10:00 AM
Was wondering when you started and how often you exercise? You are where I want to be but would like to hear some time frames...I just started.
August 5, 2011 10:49 AM
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Was wondering when you started and how often you exercise? You are where I want to be but would like to hear some time frames...I just started.


OK - a little about me - I'm 50 and was WAY out of shape. I started slowly. It's OK to start slowly ..... just START and be consistant. Finding something you enjoy doing is the best way to be consistant

My initial goal was 90 minutes per week. I used 10 Minute Solutions DVDs to get started, and to get an idea of "what I like." Netflix has bunches of these on instant play. I then added 30 minutes more, and then 30 minutes more (again ... build consistancy).

Good luck.
February 1, 2013 10:19 AM
Yes you may still lose weight but it wont be as beneficial to your body as you need to stay consistant with your eating in order to maintain consistancy.
February 1, 2013 10:23 AM
I understand the concept. but i am a firm believer that you also need to keep consistancy with your eating so your body knows what to expect. If you are constantly eating more to adjust because of a workout on the days you dont workout and eat normally your body will go into shock thinking it will not get the food it normally gets during workout days retaining fat. I'm sure there is a more technical way to explain this :) I just think there should be a way to turn it on and off. IF I was just maintaining i would be ok with it adjusting for my higher burn days. But for right now i want it to stay consistant.
February 1, 2013 10:27 AM
So is it ok to just eat back half of the calories you burned. In other words will I still take in enough calories but allow myself to maybe lose a little quicker. I did Planet Fitness Express (their circuit) 330 cal burned - 150 burned on the bike and 235 on the treadmill - don't want to eat all 715 of these calories. Thanks for any ideas.
February 1, 2013 10:54 AM
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I understand the concept. but i am a firm believer that you also need to keep consistancy with your eating so your body knows what to expect. If you are constantly eating more to adjust because of a workout on the days you dont workout and eat normally your body will go into shock thinking it will not get the food it normally gets during workout days retaining fat. I'm sure there is a more technical way to explain this :) I just think there should be a way to turn it on and off. IF I was just maintaining i would be ok with it adjusting for my higher burn days. But for right now i want it to stay consistant.


Re: calorie confusion ...... there are lots of people who strive to keep calories "inconsistant" because their body adjusts to low caloric intake.

Zig-Zagging is the term for inconsistant calories.

You can maintain the same calories everyday .... just be sure you are eating enough. Maybe average things out for the week to incorporate your exercise calories. Your body requires calories for basic bodily function lungs, heart, brain, etc. When you eat too few calories .... your body will use existing fat stores (yeah!) ...... but also uses existing muscle mass when your intake is super low (nobody wants that!) ...... healthy weight loss is slow & steady.
February 1, 2013 11:02 AM
QUOTE:

I understand the concept. but i am a firm believer that you also need to keep consistancy with your eating so your body knows what to expect. If you are constantly eating more to adjust because of a workout on the days you dont workout and eat normally your body will go into shock thinking it will not get the food it normally gets during workout days retaining fat. I'm sure there is a more technical way to explain this :) I just think there should be a way to turn it on and off. IF I was just maintaining i would be ok with it adjusting for my higher burn days. But for right now i want it to stay consistant.


Actually if this is your reasoning, you are actually doing the opposite of what you say you are trying to accomplish. If your body is use to X calories without exercise and you burn Y calories exercising, your body expects to have X+Y calories to maintain. Eating back your exercise calories if your X calories are at a weight loss deficit amount creates that consistency.

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So is it ok to just eat back half of the calories you burned. In other words will I still take in enough calories but allow myself to maybe lose a little quicker.


Yes you will loose quicker but if your non-exercise calorie amount is set at a healthy deficit amount and you don't eat back the exercise calories you will be loosing at an unhealthy rate.
  13018084
February 1, 2013 11:03 AM
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So is it ok to just eat back half of the calories you burned. In other words will I still take in enough calories but allow myself to maybe lose a little quicker. I did Planet Fitness Express (their circuit) 330 cal burned - 150 burned on the bike and 235 on the treadmill - don't want to eat all 715 of these calories. Thanks for any ideas.


How do you come up with 715 calories? If you are using a heart rate monitor that calorie burn is pretty accurate. If you are using the gyms machine (or some other average) ....that burn may be too high.

Re: "lose a little quicker" ..... the price may be plateaus, and muscle loss. Your calories needs are "individual" .... just tweek calories up (or down) as needed. Weight loss is kind of an "art" that way.

Plan your day around the workout you WILL be doing. Add in healthy calories throughout the day. Some calorie dense foods .... nuts, nut butters, olive oil, avacado ..... high fat ..... but the GOOD kind of fat.
February 2, 2013 6:03 AM
This "feature" is super-annoying. I am large male and exercise at a very high level (1000-1200 calories burn per day).
I"m eating 2000-2200 calories per day but had to set my goal food calorie intake at a ridiculous and unhealthy 1200 calories per day to "game" the system into generating a 2200 calorie daily food goal.

But it still doesn't work because if I take a recovery day I'm prompted to eat 1200 calories (oh sure....) or if I do a double workout day I'm prompted to eat 3000 or more calories.

The "system" is set up for a constant calorie deficit which is fine but it would be very helpful to be able to lock a food calorie goal for people that understand what they are doing.
  36314563
February 2, 2013 6:17 AM
You can log your exercise as being a 1 calorie burn, this way you have a record for the the time then make a note for how much you actually burned. If you like getting the pats on the back from your friends log the actual amounts so it posts in your feed, then change it to 1
February 2, 2013 8:25 PM
Hello,

The net calorie system cannot be disabled and we caution our users to not use work arounds. If you are accurately recording food entries and caloric expenditure when exercising then the deficit built into your goal will allow you to loose up to two pounds a week which is what is considered a safe rate of weight loss. Additionally users are more likely to build better habits and not stray from their plan if the program is not overly severe(such as having an additional thousand calorie a day deficit in some instances).

We set your nutritional target in Net Calories which we define as:

Calories Consumed (Food) - Calories Burned (Exercise) = Net Calories

What that means is that if you exercise, you will be able to eat more for that day. For example, if your Net Calorie goal is 2000 calories, one way to meet that goal is to eat 2,500 calories of food, but then burn 500 calories through exercise.

Think of your Net Calories like a daily budget of calories to spend. You spend them by eating, and you earn more calories to eat by exercising.

Through repetition you will get an idea for how many calories you will probably burn at the gym and most likely start planning your day and meals around those extra calories that your workout will garner.

This system promotes slow and steady and is very successful when used.

Regards,

Tom
MyFitnessPal Staff

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