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August 7, 2012 2:37 PM
Hi guys i hope you take time to listen to my confusion. I have read through hundreds of posts but i cannot seem to understand what "net calories" or "calories remaining" mean. So for example, today i have already eaten 1290 calories, i burned 449 calories this morning exercising, and my daily goal is 1400 calories per day. My current net calories are 841. I am trying to lose 1 lbs per week. So how many calories can i eat for dinner to stay on track?
August 7, 2012 2:47 PM
It can be a bit confusing when you first start out but - your calorie target is the number calories you can eat if you sit on your butt and do not exercise. This target already has a deficit built into it. That was established when you filled in your personal info with height weight age and daily activity level and how quickly you want to loose. Your activity level should be your work/life not you additional exercise activity.

When you exercise you are burning additional calories over your expected daily calorie burn based on your setup info. that is why those additional calories get added back into you daily goal. Your net calories are you intake - minus - your exercise burn. You should/can eat up to your daily goal which added you exercise calories back to your target number so you keep your calorie deficit at the number recommended rather than increasing it too much.

Hope this helps!

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