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January 21, 2013 1:54 PM
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I've got over 900 calories left to my goal today including exercise calories after all my meals. Should I be eating them all?


I'm no expert but I've had 3 professionals (a sports medicine dr, a nutritionist, and a fitness coach) all tell me the same thing: NEVER eat your exercise calories. So for example if you were on a 2,000 calorie diet, burned 500 calories exercising, only eat the 2,000 (not 2,500). Hope this helps! =)


This is completely contrary to my understanding of how this site works,


You're absolutely correct. I followed the website until recently when I consulted with all three and they all told me the same thing (don't eat them). I try to ignore the net calories now and only look at the food calories. Honestly though, do what ever works for you. :)


Did these three people understand that MFP sets up the deficit for you?
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January 22, 2013 7:21 AM
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I've got over 900 calories left to my goal today including exercise calories after all my meals. Should I be eating them all?


I'm no expert but I've had 3 professionals (a sports medicine dr, a nutritionist, and a fitness coach) all tell me the same thing: NEVER eat your exercise calories. So for example if you were on a 2,000 calorie diet, burned 500 calories exercising, only eat the 2,000 (not 2,500). Hope this helps! =)


This is completely contrary to my understanding of how this site works,


You're absolutely correct. I followed the website until recently when I consulted with all three and they all told me the same thing (don't eat them). I try to ignore the net calories now and only look at the food calories. Honestly though, do what ever works for you. :)


Did these three people understand that MFP sets up the deficit for you?


Yeah - that's what my first thought was too.

MFP as designed ......the the deficit is built in BEFORE exercise. MFP does not ASSUME anyone will exercise. When you add exercise in MFP you are increasing the deficit by more.

When the deficit is too large .... weight loss will eventually stall (think plateau) and you will most likely lose muscle along with fat.

But consider that some people use exaggerated calorie burns on a regular basis, and others have their activity level set too high ... of course eating back calories under these scenarios doesn't work out for them.
January 22, 2013 12:07 PM
Thanks everyone

Have done much better today. Made all my meals a bit larger and had much less calories left after dinner
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