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February 27, 2012 10:47 AM
I want to make sure I have this right! You are supposed to burn more calories than you take in, soo if you are at 1200/cal a day you need to burn more than that in a day?? Is this imperative to lose weight? Thank you in advance
February 27, 2012 11:26 AM
Yes, you take in less than you burn. However, what you burn is not just with exercise you do. Your body is constantly burning calories just to keep you alive.

Find out what your BMR is. That is the amount of calories your body needs just to function (far more than 1200 I'm sure). Mine is just under 1700... which means, my body will burn just under 1700 calories a day with me doing nothing. Everything that I do (getting out of bed, showering, etc etc) burns more in addition to planned exercise.

Just because you eat 1200 doesn't mean you have to jump on the treadmill and run off 1200 everyday as well.
February 27, 2012 1:31 PM
You need to net 1200 calories to maintain a healthy diet. That means if you exercise and burn calories it is actually recommended to eat the calories burned, as well as the original 1200cal.

For example:

Daily goal: 1200 cal.

Exercise/Calories burned: 500 cal.

Revised recommended daily goal: 1700 cal.

Your body burns calories doing nothing. If you were in a coma you'd still (depending on bmr) burn at least 1200-1500 cal.

You should always maintain an intake of calories of AT LEAST 1200 calories to make sure your body has the fuel it needs to function properly. If you were to eat OVER your calorie goal, then you could exercise to burn the extra calories... However if you're constantly burning more calories than you're taking in, you could end up fatigued because you're not getting enough 'energy'.

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