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November 14, 2012 11:46 AM
Great tool, as others have commented, but why not give the option to figure or NOT figure exercise calories into the daily net calories count? Including the exercise calories is a great way to guesstimate future weights, but by including that count in the daily net calories, it also gives people the impression, "OH!! I can eat another 600 calories today and stay on my calorie count!" Give users the option of "adding free calories from exercise" to the daily net calorie count for weight maintenance purposes, but also give users the option of NOT adding those free calories into the daily net count if they're trying to lose weight...that would be very helpful.
November 14, 2012 12:13 PM
Second that. I love this app but I know if I exercise I don't burn as much as I think and then I eat back my calories by accident and gain. :( So I've stopped logging exercise usually unless I totally overate and don't want to feel so bad about it.
November 14, 2012 12:26 PM
MFP doesn't include your "planned" exercise into your daily calorie goal, that's why when you exercise and log it you "earn" extra calories that you CAN eat in order to keep your deficit at YOUR chosen level.

Try it: Go to my home > settings > update diet / fitness profile
plan 0 minutes of exercise and view your calorie goal
now plan something "really" high like 3600 minutes of exercise and view your identical daily calorie goal

MFP "lets" you eat back those extras to keep your deficit at your desired rate of loss.

While this doesn't "work" for those who are using TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) less a deficit of whatever rate they decide, they also aren't "using" MFP as designed.. their choice you just need to be sure you're "accounting" properly.

MFP gives you a deficit to lose weight via consumption alone, if you exercise you're increasing your deficit. Other sites may give a higher initial calorie goal but they "use" the calories from exercise to BUILD your deficit. Just make sure you're using the numbers properly for how you're using MFP.

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