Message Boards » Food and Nutrition

TOPIC: For those confused or questioning "Eating your exercise calo

 
Ic_disabled_photos
Topic has been inactive for 30 days or more and images have been disabled.
Display All Images
March 5, 2012 12:56 PM
QUOTE:

So here's my question, for those who might have been where I am now...

I've been maintaining the same (too high) weight for years, and come to find out, I've been eating too little. My body has been in starvation mode for a long time, and now that I've been eating more and healthier food, I'm dropping weight, without even exercising.

I'm now to the point where I want to start exercising, but the thought of eating my calories burned is daunting, because I have a hard time eating enough to reach my daily goal as it is. Does it get easier over time to eat more than you are used to?

I know I'll be hungrier when I'm exercising, but it seems like that would make my current goal comfortable - without eating my exercise calories!


Thank you for asking this question, this is my problem too, my biggest issue is eating enough of the good calories. I have set up my food diary with bkfast / morning snack / lunch / afternoon snack / dinner and supplements. Hopefully this will prompt me to eat through out the day. Now I have to be concerned about adding on extra calories for work-out days too?
March 19, 2012 3:43 AM
This needs to be bumped up....bump!
  9392806
March 19, 2012 3:17 PM
Bump
March 20, 2012 12:29 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

So here's my question, for those who might have been where I am now...

I've been maintaining the same (too high) weight for years, and come to find out, I've been eating too little. My body has been in starvation mode for a long time, and now that I've been eating more and healthier food, I'm dropping weight, without even exercising.

I'm now to the point where I want to start exercising, but the thought of eating my calories burned is daunting, because I have a hard time eating enough to reach my daily goal as it is. Does it get easier over time to eat more than you are used to?

I know I'll be hungrier when I'm exercising, but it seems like that would make my current goal comfortable - without eating my exercise calories!


Thank you for asking this question, this is my problem too, my biggest issue is eating enough of the good calories. I have set up my food diary with bkfast / morning snack / lunch / afternoon snack / dinner and supplements. Hopefully this will prompt me to eat through out the day. Now I have to be concerned about adding on extra calories for work-out days too?


I've mentioned this before, but google calorie dense foods. that will help with fulfilling your calories for the day without resorting to nasty high sugar and trans fats.
March 20, 2012 1:11 PM
Thank you! This settles it with me. I will be happy to "eat my exercise calories " back. Don't need to be talked into that!
March 20, 2012 1:17 PM
Bump!

Thank you! Explains so much and why my weight loss has stalled! Everyone needs to read this!
  5754086
March 20, 2012 5:00 PM
bump
  13936151
March 20, 2012 5:05 PM
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/533285-should-i-eat-my-calories-back-for-dummies
March 20, 2012 5:11 PM
BUMP.
March 21, 2012 7:55 PM
BUMP
  9372831
March 23, 2012 7:05 AM
Bump this back to the top :-)
  9392806
March 26, 2012 3:09 PM
Bump
March 29, 2012 1:36 PM
Ok, I have scrolled through 19+ pages of this thread so hope the veterans of this site aren't going to roll eyes too much when I ask for clarification on a small bit. I understand the rationale about eating back exercise calories for weight loss but I don't quite follow the connection to how if you don't do this you will struggle more to maintain once you reach your target weight. How does that happen?

Also, in what timeframe do you eat back your exercise calories? I currently am quite inconsistent about my calorie intake on different days so over a week it probably evens out, although on any specific day probably not. Does that matter?
March 30, 2012 4:50 AM
QUOTE:

Ok, I have scrolled through 19+ pages of this thread so hope the veterans of this site aren't going to roll eyes too much when I ask for clarification on a small bit. I understand the rationale about eating back exercise calories for weight loss but I don't quite follow the connection to how if you don't do this you will struggle more to maintain once you reach your target weight. How does that happen?

Also, in what timeframe do you eat back your exercise calories? I currently am quite inconsistent about my calorie intake on different days so over a week it probably evens out, although on any specific day probably not. Does that matter?


the easiest way to think about maintenance (post weight loss) is that it takes time to develop a habit, the more drastic the change, the more difficult that development will be. So gradually shrinking your calorie deficit as you progress towards your goals is the easiest way to ease yourself into a maintenance schedule. One of the big reasons why so many people "diet and fail" is because they are cutting calories way back, then immediately returning to their "pre-diet" habits after, that's bad news for your body, shocking it is not a good idea in this situation.

Generally, you want to space out your calories throughout the day, so the best idea is to try to plan for workout days and increase all your meals by a small amount rather than realizing at 6 pm that you've burned an extra 500 calories that day and try to scramble to shove that extra food in before you go to bed. I.E. if you are relatively sure you'll be working out that day, plan for that when you figure out your food before hand, this way you're ready from the start. It takes a small amount of preparation, but it's far easier to sustain this way.
April 23, 2012 3:07 PM
saving to my topics :)
  17881265
April 23, 2012 3:20 PM
BUMP!
  5867233
May 18, 2012 9:15 AM
Saving for later.
  15049121
June 1, 2012 12:15 PM
Bump....I finally get it.
  22901786
June 11, 2012 12:00 PM
This was so helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to educate us on this matter.
  15260246
June 13, 2012 9:42 AM
Bump.....wish I'd read this years ago.....would have saved a lot of heart ache :(

Thanks
  24250706
June 22, 2012 12:44 PM
Bumping.
  20653863
June 25, 2012 7:19 PM
Bump drinker Thank you!
June 25, 2012 7:23 PM
Bump for later!!!
  16798649
July 22, 2012 1:19 PM
FINALLY! Someone explains to the people out there how it works. I've seen people (and read posts by people) who eat 1000 calories a day, burn 1000 calories through exercise and think this is the healthy way... There is so much false information out there. Thanks for this thread!
  15458826
July 22, 2012 2:36 PM
hmm I'm afraid to try this...
  19682548

Reply

Message Boards » Food and Nutrition

Posts by members, moderators and admins should not be considered medical advice and no guarantee is made against accuracy.