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November 6, 2009 11:41 AM
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November 6, 2009 11:49 AM
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November 7, 2009 5:21 AM
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November 7, 2009 12:33 PM
Have just read thhyis for the first time ohwell and am now off to adjust my activity level and to eat something tongue

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November 16, 2009 2:44 AM
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February 9, 2010 6:10 AM
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February 9, 2010 7:41 AM
I have a question regarding this:

I started back on Jan 4th 2010. When I entered my goal info in I put lightly active b/c at the time I wasn't working out. I put in the amount of exercise I planned on doing which was 30mins a day 6x a week.

Now, being that I do an average of 45mins a day should I change my goal from being lightly active to active and how does this affect my Daily Calorie Deficit if any?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks!
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February 9, 2010 7:56 AM
QUOTE:

I have a question regarding this:

I started back on Jan 4th 2010. When I entered my goal info in I put lightly active b/c at the time I wasn't working out. I put in the amount of exercise I planned on doing which was 30mins a day 6x a week.

Now, being that I do an average of 45mins a day should I change my goal from being lightly active to active and how does this affect my Daily Calorie Deficit if any?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks!


mmm, that depends, what do you do with the rest of your day? I mean if you sit at a desk all day and work out for 45 minutes, then you're still lightly active, but if the rest of your day involves walking around, carrying things, and/or otherwise being more active than sitting at your desk, then I would raise it.
February 9, 2010 8:00 AM
I do have a desk job but, do have to go up & down the stairs alot throughout the day!!!
I'm think I should stick with the lightly active!!! happy
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February 9, 2010 8:03 AM
QUOTE:

I do have a desk job but, do have to go up & down the stairs alot throughout the day!!!
I'm think I should stick with the lightly active!!! happy


probably a good idea, what you CAN do, as MFP is pretty rigid in it's activity levels, is play with your calorie amounts (in the custom goals seciton), by lowering your deficit (I.E. raising the amount of caloires you eat) you can micromanage your activity level without actually changing your activity level. Basically you are saying, yes I'm actually more active than "lightly active", but I'm really not "active" yet so I'll just change my deficit a little to reflect that, I'd say decreasing your deficit by around 50 to 75 calories would probably do it (maybe a little more), but for most people the difference in daily calories between lightly active and active is a few hundred calories.
February 9, 2010 8:08 AM
Ok I gottcha!!! I appreciate your help! Thanks so much! flowerforyou
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February 9, 2010 8:35 AM
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February 9, 2010 9:28 AM
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February 9, 2010 10:56 AM
Thanks!! Some of my friends are new to MFP and this will really help them!!
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February 9, 2010 11:10 AM
Thanks for helping me understand this better, I was totally at a lost with the reason for eating you calories lost through exercise...THANKS>>>>>bigsmile
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February 9, 2010 11:20 AM
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Thanks for the great information, O MFP guru!
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February 9, 2010 11:53 AM
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February 9, 2010 1:29 PM
How about when you record you workout under exercise and eat your exercice calories ? Would you still consider yourself lightly active or even active if you have a desk job ?

Said differently, if you have a desk job and workout, do you
A) consider your cardio workout when defining your activity level so you don't add it under exercise, or
B) consider you are sendentary on the goal page but add exercise calories when you workout, or
C) use both "calorie increasers" so you set activity to Lightly Active, or even Active AND add exercise when your workout ?

I'm curently set as B, but this discussion kind of leaves me wondering...
February 9, 2010 1:44 PM
Thank you Banks! I really needed to read this. I am getting closer to my goal. My BMI is 24.9 and my BMR is only 1,181. (45 yr old female, 5 ft 1" current weight is 132. I use a HRM so I am pretty accurate on my excercise calories and usually do not eat below 100 calories net and seldom do I go more than 50 above. I am kind of stuck...up a pound or two then down based on water, tmo, etc.

Not discouraged just disappointed but reading this helps! I will really focus on the muscle building and toning and let the weight take care of itself.

I have often wondered about what a realistic goal is for me anyway. Everyone who sees me says I look great and shouldn't lose anymore including my husband.

Thanks for all of you VERY helpful posts!!
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February 9, 2010 3:59 PM
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February 9, 2010 7:38 PM
I have learned so much from the website, thanks to informative posts by people such as you who care enough to share your knowledge with the rest of us. Thanks for explaining it so clearly and helping me reach my goals in a safe, healthy way! Now my next step is to get a HRM so that I can eat my ACTUAL exercise calories!
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February 27, 2010 5:46 PM
bumpo! needed the encouragement!
February 28, 2010 8:19 AM
I have a triumph to proclaim....last week I did not loose any weight and I THOUGHT I had the best week ever (keeping within my minimum calories and exercising)!! Then I read your post on eating your exercise calories, and voila...down 2lbs this week! I'll admit I didn't eat every single exercise calorie...but I ate 50-75% and it seemed to be the answer...I am now a believer!
Edited by Relaeh On February 28, 2010 8:22 AM
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February 28, 2010 1:57 PM
QUOTE:

I have a triumph to proclaim....last week I did not loose any weight and I THOUGHT I had the best week ever (keeping within my minimum calories and exercising)!! Then I read your post on eating your exercise calories, and voila...down 2lbs this week! I'll admit I didn't eat every single exercise calorie...but I ate 50-75% and it seemed to be the answer...I am now a believer!


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March 2, 2010 8:13 AM
bump!flowerforyou

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