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September 11, 2011 3:27 AM
Hi Guys

I recently was at the Gym and burnt 350cals on the Xtrainer in 30 mins.
If I did this every week day that adds up to 1750cals burnt over the week - not included what I might possibly be burning doing my weights programe also.

If I stick to my Calorie limit of around 1400 per day - will I be burning enough calories or should I be aiming to burn more each week?

Sorry if this is a silly question but I am trying to plan when and how long I will be going for each day this week and I have no idea if I will not be doing enough.
September 11, 2011 3:33 AM
your doing more than enough there! great effort, keep iot up :)
September 11, 2011 3:40 AM
I don't know your weight but it sounds like a reasonable combination.

You can use the tools on MFP to work out what your base calorie intake should be to keep the same weight, then reduce that to lose weight. Eg for me, at 93kg and wanting to lose 2lb/week I need a net calorie intake of approx 1380kcals. If I was burning 300kcals in exercise, I could eat up to 1680, but I'm trying to eat no more than about 70% of my exercise cals at the moment.
September 11, 2011 3:42 AM
Thank you very much :)
Edited by kiwili On September 11, 2011 3:42 AM
September 11, 2011 9:57 AM
For me exercising and eating are a treat... I enjoy them both the more I exercise the more it get to eat, bonus!. If you do high burn exercise, you will experience an after-burn effect. That is you need to be doing what you would call 'hard' or 'very-hard' exercise for around 20 mins or more and your metabolism is continue to burn calories even after you have stopped exercising! I have been loosing around a 1kg (2lbs) a week eating upto or under my calorie goal ( set previously by and now myfitnesspal).

From a point of sustainability, you will need to find fitness and food habits that you enjoy... Inasmuch you need to look at lifestyle change rather than dieting or an exercise programme. From the fitness point of view a focus on social challenges or personal learning goals which can give drive and motivation to your exercise. Such as cycling 500 km in a month or developing your freestyle swimming technique. I would encourage you to use Which can be a good way to interact with others and track your progress / achievements.

Hope that helps :-)
Edited by LiveEnjoyEndure On September 11, 2011 9:58 AM
September 11, 2011 3:31 PM
Thanks Fisherdj. I am hoping to start training for a 5 or 10 km walk/jog soon for some extra motivation.
September 16, 2011 2:40 AM
that's great .... you may find a good way to keep track ;-)


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