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February 17, 2013 5:30 AM
I was wondering if I will still lose weight if I eat my exercise calories as long as mfp says I'm under my calorie goal for the day? My goal is 1200 and mfp adds the calories i burn from exercise and I was wondering if I consistently exercised and then ate the calories it says I burned without going over that number.....will i still lose the last 6 lbs i have to go?
February 17, 2013 5:38 AM
I have the same question!! Can't wait to hear the answer. Anyone?...
February 17, 2013 5:41 AM
Yes, definitely eat back exercise calories. And while you have only 6lbs to lose change your settings to "lose 0.5lb per week" 1200 is too low
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February 17, 2013 5:42 AM
You are going to get a lot of, "I donts", but, you are supposed to. That how this site works. So, yes, you will lose weight if you eat back your exercise cals. If you don't, you either underestimate your food, or over estimate your exercise or maybe both.
February 17, 2013 5:44 AM
If you are following the MFP way then yes. MFP already sets up a deficit, which it calculates for you. And MFP does not take into account your exercise level, only your day to day life style. So if for example, if you are eating 1200 calories a day...work out 600...then you are only intaking 600. That is why it tells you to eat more. You should be netting 1200 a day at least.
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February 17, 2013 5:45 AM
Absolutely! If you burn more then you need more. I don't eat back all of them, but at least half. Mind you, I exercise a lot.
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February 17, 2013 5:48 AM
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Yes, definitely eat back exercise calories. And while you have only 6lbs to lose change your settings to "lose 0.5lb per week" 1200 is too low


This!
February 17, 2013 5:49 AM
Yep, as someone else explained, MFP already calculates a defecit for you to lose weight. In my experience MFP can over estimate the calories burned for some things so I tend to eat about 70% of the calories back. But if very hungry I have had 100% of the exercise calories and still lost weight.
February 17, 2013 5:52 AM
Yes, in fact I think you lose more.
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February 17, 2013 5:52 AM
It has worked pretty good for me so far.... I would suggest investing in a heart rate monitor (one with a chest strap) to get a better idea of your calorie burns. I wear a Polar FT60 and eat back 85% of my calories burned leaving 15% for error.... Best of Luck...
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February 17, 2013 5:54 AM
If you've only got 6 pounds to go you probably need a higher calorie goal anyway. Do you have MFP set to lose .5 lbs/week?

I lost all of my weight eating back my exercise calories, so I vote yes.
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February 17, 2013 5:55 AM
If you are measuring everything correctly and you stay under your goal then, yes you should lose. If you only have 6 lbs to go, you should change goal to 1/2 lb per week.
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February 17, 2013 6:00 AM
Definitly yes!

I started 10 days ago and lost 4 pounds and counting! Eating back almost every burned calories (except the days I exercise a lot, when I do 95 min exercise, it's hard to eat it all!)
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February 17, 2013 6:12 AM
Some days the only reason I do exercise is to eat more.
February 17, 2013 6:16 AM
Yes.
If anything, you'll lose weight FASTER!

Especially if you're netting under 1,200
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February 17, 2013 6:19 AM
I am one of the "I don't" eat them back. I have tried and i just start gaining. Everyone is different. I have to be in 600 calorie deficit to lose weight.. sucks to me be!
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February 17, 2013 6:21 AM
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Some days the only reason I do exercise is to eat more.

Me too!! smile
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February 17, 2013 6:21 AM
QUOTE:

Yes, definitely eat back exercise calories. And while you have only 6lbs to lose change your settings to "lose 0.5lb per week" 1200 is too low


Agreed.
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February 17, 2013 6:22 AM
Doesn't work for me, either! In fact, I think you'll lose, but lose slower .. and who wants slow? I eat my exercise calories only on special occasions.
February 17, 2013 6:29 AM
It works. Some days I eat most of them, especially on a day I know I'm eating out and trying to capture all the calories I know I'll be eating. Other days I eat only a couple hundred or just half. I also burn 700+ calories daily (6 days a week) calculated by my Polar FT4. I try not to eat the same amount of calories to keep my body guessing.

I've lost 110 lbs (mostly on WW) and I've always eaten some of the calories or more back. WW says it's ok too. If it doesn't work for you try something else. It doesn't hurt to give it a whirl.
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February 17, 2013 6:37 AM
I have wondered about this question all week!! Thank You all for your answers. I will start eating some of my exercise calories. Yay!! :)
February 17, 2013 6:56 AM
I always ate back my exercise calories when I was on 1200 a day. I don't think I could of survived living on 1200 daily if I didn't eat exercise cals!!
February 17, 2013 6:58 AM
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Doesn't work for me, either! In fact, I think you'll lose, but lose slower .. and who wants slow? I eat my exercise calories only on special occasions.


This is very poor advice, just so everyone knows. Silly, actually. Slow is progress. Fast means nada. This is a life change not a race to a finish line.
February 17, 2013 7:04 AM
I find it difficult to eat back my exercise calories so have found this post very interesting, might need to adjust a few things
February 17, 2013 8:07 AM
Yes I do and it is working for me. The only time I don't is if I have a dinner party or occasion coming up where I want to get into deficit for a few days to make up for eating more on the occasion day. As long as the cal deficits average out to lose 1 pound a week I am happy. I would find it very hard to stick to 1200. I tried but I was very grouchy and suffered from hair loss!!
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