Should I eat more calories when I exercise?

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 19:11
Often after I add exercise when I look at my diet calendar it says I have minus X number of calories. Should I eat more then? It seems counterintuitive.

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Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 15:36
Not unless you're trying to maintain your weight. The whole point of having 'minus X number of calories' is to create a caloric deficit so that you can lose weight! Smile

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Posted: 29 Sep 2013, 14:47
It depends on what your goals are and what sorts of workouts you're doing, as well.

If you're lifting weights (and you should, to maintain your lean body mass as much as possible as you drop the weight--otherwise, your basal metabolic rate will drop precipitously as you get nearer to your goal) then it's perfectly acceptable to eat what you burn.

Edit: On lifting days, I mean. Those are the days when it's most important to get good protein, to stimulate protein synthesis.

When you're losing weight, you lose fat and muscle. This is simply a fact. You can offset this by gaining muscle by eating enough protein and working your muscles out.

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Posted: 04 Oct 2013, 15:21
this is what I do. I allow myself so many calories a day. 1,200- 1,400 and I don't go over that. I spread my meals out through out the day small meals. I am diabetic so in order to keep my sugar level that is how I do eating small throughout day. I lost 12 pounds your needs may be different. if you do not feel you need to than don't eat more.

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Posted: 04 Oct 2013, 15:53
I find the calories expended by FS standards are high. I wouldn't gaige myself on them...

You have to go on what's happening in your body. I think it's more important to go on your RDI which i also find FS to be high... it says for me 1,600, but i'd gain on that, so i used another site that says 1,200 and that's more in line with what I need. If I move more, i lose more, If I do more weights, I might gain muscle weight and therefore FS doesnt' work.
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Posted: 05 Oct 2013, 16:24
The RDI on FS I have found to be fairly accurate, based on my experience. I have a RDI here of about 2900, and with my LBM and activity level, that's about right... possibly a few hundred kcal high. Remember that RDI is going to be higher than your BMR, unless you just don't ever exercise.

However, since they don't use lean body mass or body fat in its calculations, it's likely that it's purely luck that it was fairly spot-on for me.
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Posted: 07 Oct 2013, 01:37
Simply reducing calories for an inactive person may reduce weight, but an active person is burning more calories through different processes and will require more nutrients. So if you remain active but don't ingest enough calories, the weight you lose will not be safe. In fact, your body will start breaking down muscle tissue to get the nutrients that you're not eating. So would you rather be lighter and flabby or lighter and more energetic with nice healthy muscles? Simply put.

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