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October 16, 2012 7:37 AM
I never do. I don't own an HRM, so I never have an accurate reading of calories burned. I would rather not risk eating too much. I don't even log my exercise because of that.
October 16, 2012 7:37 AM
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I have follwed ww before and it was known as " activity points" and we were told to eat them or not bother so im not sure what to do. Im aiming to follow 1200 calories a day and would usually burn between 250-500 calories per gym session and prob go to the gym 3 -4 times a week or at least ill aim to! Just wondering how it works with the net value etc...? xx


ALWAYS ....every single one*

The way MFP is designed .... the calorie deficit is built in BEFORE exercise .... when you exercise you increase the deficit. When the calorie deficit it too big you will lose fat AND muscle.

I eat my calories back* because I want HEALTHY weight loss (just the fat please) ... and not weight loss at all cost

* .... the asterisk is because I use a heart rate monitor to calculate calorie burns .... If you are using MFP calories ... you are using estimates which may be inflated .... some people use MFP calculations and just eat a % of calories back.
October 16, 2012 7:39 AM
If I were planning to follow 1200 calories a day, I would try to NET that many calories, so any exercise calories I burned that took me below that would need to be eaten back.

I couldn't do 1200 calories. I'm doing about 1450-1500 a day, losing weight slowly but surely.
  26408831
October 16, 2012 7:40 AM
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I never do. I don't own an HRM, so I never have an accurate reading of calories burned. I would rather not risk eating too much. I don't even log my exercise because of that.


Wow ....... so you think zero is a closer number? Why not eat at least 1/2 back .... much less risk at losing muscle mass. Besides, too few calories ....plateaus ... too frustrating for me.
October 16, 2012 7:41 AM
Not always. Sometimes I will eat half of it back, sometimes I allow myself to have a mixed drink which equals about half those calories. But it just depends on what my body is telling me. If it's hungry, it obviously needs fuel. If I am satisfied, I don't bother with it. It just depends on the day, the workout, the intensity, how much moving I am doing during my day, etc. It tends to be a hot topic on these boards so it's all about what works for you.
  26236896
October 16, 2012 7:42 AM
During the week I try to net 600 calories total. I'll eat about 1000-1200 and then burn 600+ so I end up netting between 400 and 600. I swear I eat every meal and even snack, but once you find out which foods to eat and get into a pattern it makes it almost impossible to eat more than 1200 calories unless I drink alcohol or eat pizza (which I try to save for the weekends)
  8491242
October 16, 2012 7:43 AM
I usually eat most of them. The point is to be eating under maintenance, but not too far under. If you have too high of an energy deficit due to exercise, it can stress your body too much and could make it harder to reach your goals.
  25631519
October 16, 2012 7:45 AM
Only if I'm hungry for them. I usually eat between 1500-1700 a day so I don't worry too much about this, plus I'm never burning more than 400 a day.
  6041772
October 16, 2012 7:47 AM
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I never do. I don't own an HRM, so I never have an accurate reading of calories burned. I would rather not risk eating too much. I don't even log my exercise because of that.


Wow ....... so you think zero is a closer number? Why not eat at least 1/2 back .... much less risk at losing muscle mass. Besides, too few calories ....plateaus ... too frustrating for me.


I'm not trying to lose, only maintain. I actually have my calories set kind of high for this reason (I think it is anyway). I do want to invest in an HRM, but just haven't yet. smile I will though! lol
October 16, 2012 7:47 AM
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During the week I try to net 600 calories total. I'll eat about 1000-1200 and then burn 600+ so I end up netting between 400 and 600. I swear I eat every meal and even snack, but once you find out which foods to eat and get into a pattern it makes it almost impossible to eat more than 1200 calories unless I drink alcohol or eat pizza (which I try to save for the weekends)



I'm sorry, but that does not sound safe unless you are being monitored by a physician or have a health condition that precludes normal eating. Regardless of the "is 1200 a magic number" debate netting 600 is going to severely stress your body unless you are extremely tiny.
  25000768
October 16, 2012 7:54 AM
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During the week I try to net 600 calories total. I'll eat about 1000-1200 and then burn 600+ so I end up netting between 400 and 600. I swear I eat every meal and even snack, but once you find out which foods to eat and get into a pattern it makes it almost impossible to eat more than 1200 calories unless I drink alcohol or eat pizza (which I try to save for the weekends)


flowerforyou OMG! .... you poor thing. Is this medically supervised? Please, please, educate yourself (unless you are under a doctor's care). Your body needs 1200 calories minimum for basic bodily functions ..... heart, liver, kidneys.

This is some seriously bad advice. The faster weight comes off .... the more likely you will put it right back on when you stop dieting. This is because by losing large amounts of muscle mass (with extremely low calorie diets) will result in a slower metabolism.
October 16, 2012 7:55 AM
On the rare ocassion that I exercise, I eat them.
October 16, 2012 7:57 AM
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I never do. I don't own an HRM, so I never have an accurate reading of calories burned. I would rather not risk eating too much. I don't even log my exercise because of that.


Wow ....... so you think zero is a closer number? Why not eat at least 1/2 back .... much less risk at losing muscle mass. Besides, too few calories ....plateaus ... too frustrating for me.


I'm not trying to lose, only maintain. I actually have my calories set kind of high for this reason (I think it is anyway). I do want to invest in an HRM, but just haven't yet. smile I will though! lol


If your calories are already set kinda high already ... then it's taken care of already. Sorry I jumped to a conclusion.
October 16, 2012 7:59 AM
If I earn another 500 or so calories from exercise I often struggle to want to eat those calories back - which has an intersting effect on me because I have always been the kind of person who is always thinking of food and snacking, which is how I got to be overweight.

Now I am thinking - do I really have to eat another 500 calories? I don't want to! some days I eat them all back if I feel the drive to eat. Other days I don't and I don't stress over it.
October 16, 2012 8:02 AM
Not usually. I find that I tend to eat the wrong things when I try to eat back calories, so I'd rather have a large deficit than eat crap foods just to get rid of that deficit.
  17596635
October 16, 2012 8:25 AM
Only if it's ice cream, cake, pie, cookies, pop tarts, etc. I'm not going to bust my butt exercising then eat back those calories with salad.
October 16, 2012 8:30 AM
Depends on my appetite after my work out....
  7726191
October 16, 2012 8:41 AM
Thanks for the concern, but I think it really depends upon how much you exercise. If you are working out and burning 600+ calories some days it doesn't mean you have to eat an additional 600 calories. Right now I'm in training, and on a high work out day if I happen to burn more calories than usual I'm not going to eat them back if I'm not hungry. I never deny myself, and I agree 100% that starving is stupid and slows your metabolism. It really depends on your level of activity though. My only point for this discussion is that you shouldn't worry about trying to eat back calories just because you worked out if you're not hungry. Trust me, if you're body needs that extra food it will definitely let you know!
  8491242
October 16, 2012 8:48 AM
If I'm hungry I eat, and I love that exercise gives me some cushion. I don't however make a point of eating them back. My calories however are set at maintanence level around 1700 calories a day. That's enough to keep me moving, energized, and able to do strong workouts and see health and strength improvements.
October 16, 2012 9:07 AM
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Thanks for the concern, but I think it really depends upon how much you exercise. If you are working out and burning 600+ calories some days it doesn't mean you have to eat an additional 600 calories. Right now I'm in training, and on a high work out day if I happen to burn more calories than usual I'm not going to eat them back if I'm not hungry. I never deny myself, and I agree 100% that starving is stupid and slows your metabolism. It really depends on your level of activity though. My only point for this discussion is that you shouldn't worry about trying to eat back calories just because you worked out if you're not hungry. Trust me, if you're body needs that extra food it will definitely let you know!



And to be contrary, exercise can also act to depress hunger signals. I find my appetite suppressed after activity.


Obviously you can't change the mind of someone who doesn't want to change their mind, but especially considering you're training right now I think you're doing yourself a disservice. VLCDs may work in the sense that they will cause you to lose weight, but you're not losing the weight you want because you're going to force your body to cannibalize more than just fat. Weightloss always entails some muscle loss no matter how hard we work to retain lean body mass but extreme deficits make lbm preservation extremely difficult. That creates a horrible cycle - you're going to need to exercise more and more to get the same calorie burns you want because the tissue you're losing burns more calories at rest than fat. They are also going to be incredibly difficult to sustain and will make it easier to gain weight when you stop the VLCD - with less muscle on your body, your calories needed to maintain your weight are going to go lower than they would if you had lost weight in a way that preserves lean body mass.

And eventually...you're just going to run out of steam. Your performance will suffer and your workouts will likely be harder to complete. Running is great for your body but if you're not fueling your workout how can you expect to continue benefiting from it? The human body can absorb a great deal of stress if that stress is transient over the short term, but long term stresses are damaging.


In the end, everyone is different, but I urge you to research this. I started out that way and I did lose some weight so I can understand the appeal, but without medical supervision netting that low of a calorie intake can be very harmful to your body i the long run.
  25000768
October 16, 2012 9:07 AM
I rarely eat back any of the calories I burn because when I do I lose weight much slower. But it is nice to have them there when I feel like eating more because I don't feel so guilty about going over my caloric daily limit.
  4520409
October 16, 2012 9:09 AM
If I burn about 200 then usually I won't touch them just because I sort of built that into my calorie allotment. Large calorie burns I'll eat at least half or all of them if I'm hungry.

Whatever I don't eat I usually make up for it on weekend splurges lol
October 16, 2012 9:11 AM
It depends on how many I've burned and how I'm feeling that day. If I'm feeling super motivated, I will pass them up, but that doesn't happen often. Burning 300 today and I will definitely be eating those back!
October 16, 2012 9:11 AM
Absolutely! Frankly, the main reason I exercise is simply so that I can eat more. I love my food....
  18663346
October 16, 2012 9:15 AM
No. For me, the math doesn't work. Questionnaire gave me a BMR of 1459. I chose that I want to lose 1 pound per week. MFP gave me a calorie budget of 1350 calories. That's only 109 calories less than BMR. It would take me almost 35 days to lose 1 pound.

I figure I need to burn 400 calories per day to lose 1 pound per week based on these figures.

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