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August 20, 2012 7:37 AM
Why does my exercise increase my Goal Calories and my Calories Remaining? I'm on a strict number of calories and I sure don't want my exercising to cause me to go over. I spoken to friends that use MFP and it's a big issue for them as well.

Some people might like that they can eat more if they exercise and that's fine. Make it an option.

This is an issue that could cause me (and I'm sure others) to give up on MFP.
August 20, 2012 11:59 AM
If you don't want to eat your exercise calories and don't want to see them added to your total either enter your workout info in Food Notes or change the calories burned from your workout to 1.
August 20, 2012 12:35 PM
Not really looking for a work-around, this is something they should fix.
August 20, 2012 12:38 PM
They can't "fix" what isn't broken. The idea is that your consumed calories should be a net of what's healthy for you.
August 20, 2012 12:44 PM
Depending on what your goals were when you signed up, you are likely have a calorie deficit already...if you were to not eat back any of your calories "earned" from exercising you would/could be increasing that deficit to an unhealthy level. When you exercise your body needs more calories just to function and if you do not eat enough your body will eat your existing muscle to sustain itself.

This is not a flaw in MFP and is common in any weight loss tool I have used. You do not have to eat back all of your calories earned from exercise, but I would ensure that you are filling whatever calories you decide you want to eat have a good nutritional balance of carbs/fat/protein especially if you are working out a lot.
August 20, 2012 1:20 PM
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Not really looking for a work-around, this is something they should fix.


It's not a workaround and not something that needs to be fixed, it's the way that MFP is designed to work. They provide the user with a built in caloric deficit already, so if you burn additional calories during the day, your body needs more fuel to continue to function properly, so they want you to eat back some or all of the calories that you have burned.

If you have a TDEE of 2000 calories, and MFP has given you a caloric deficit of 500 calories a day, then your calorie limit will be set to eat 1500 calories. Meaning that you will have a 3500 calorie deficit at the end of the week, and (in theory) have lost one pound.

If you exercise for an hour one day and burn 600 calories during that time, then MFP is going to tell you to eat 2100 calories, so that your body still gets 1500 calories to fuel it for that day. You still have your 500 calorie deficit required to lose weight and you've fueled your body properly to be healthy in the long term.

Going by your logic, yesterday, when I ran 14 miles and burned 1400 calories, you would expect me to only eat the 1600 calories that I have allotted in my MFP profile. Meaning that my body would have only had around 200 actual calories to fuel me for the run and the remaining 22 hours of the day. That's just not a healthy way for the body to function.


Now, if you've down something like that road map post suggests and you've already factored your workouts into your calories for the day and don't want to add any more onto that amount, then you can do one of the two options that I've suggested and still be able to take advantage of the database and tools provided by MFP.

Or, if you feel that you just can't adapt to the way MFP was designed to work, then you will likely be infinitely frustrated trying to use the site and it might behoove you to find a different site to do your tracking in so that it works in the way that you need it to work for your weight loss journey. No one would fault you, not everything works for every person, that's why there's a half a dozen calorie tracking sites I could name offhand and probably dozens more I've never even heard of.

I personally tried five different sites/apps before deciding that MFP was the one for me, so maybe MFP just isn't the one for you, doesn't mean there isn't one out there that is. :)
August 20, 2012 1:45 PM
Question I NEED HELP I'm kinda clueless when it comes to fitness stuff. So I am 197 and my goal is to get to 128 my required health weight for 5 foot 1" tall woman. I been eaten 1200 calories and trying to work out burning from 500-1000 with exercise. Do I eat my calories back or not to lose weight quickly and what is net for .. please give me tips
August 20, 2012 2:07 PM
This is how MFP is designed to work. Did you not read the FAQs? Or the board threads dealing with this issue?
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August 20, 2012 2:29 PM
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Question I NEED HELP I'm kinda clueless when it comes to fitness stuff. So I am 197 and my goal is to get to 128 my required health weight for 5 foot 1" tall woman. I been eaten 1200 calories and trying to work out burning from 500-1000 with exercise. Do I eat my calories back or not to lose weight quickly and what is net for .. please give me tips


Read the post right above yours.
February 20, 2013 5:42 AM
Thanks for your great explanation
May 16, 2013 2:00 PM
Wow, thanks so much for the great explanation on this. I was wondering and you couldn't have stated this better. I feel great, it's like I can cheat without cheating (?) If that makes sense, hah!
May 16, 2013 2:33 PM
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Question I NEED HELP I'm kinda clueless when it comes to fitness stuff. So I am 197 and my goal is to get to 128 my required health weight for 5 foot 1" tall woman. I been eaten 1200 calories and trying to work out burning from 500-1000 with exercise. Do I eat my calories back or not to lose weight quickly and what is net for .. please give me tips


The quickest weight to lose is muscle mass, since when it's used for energy, it only takes 600 calories burned to drop a lb, plus the water weight it can't hold anymore.

Wanna lose some muscle, or you wanna lose fat?

What is your definition to lose weight quickly?
Right now, so you can repeat it down the road again and again and again and get really good at it? Or once and for all?

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