Calories for Resting?

previous topic · next topic
KimberleyAnn

Joined: Jul 08
Posts: 8

      quote  
Posted: 08 Aug 2011, 09:58
I really don't understand the preset numbers on my Exercise calendar. Why do I earn calories for resting? And so many? It's like I should be able to lose weight simply by doing nothing but resting and sleeping. NOT! I suppose it's simple...if I do nothing else, then those are my activities for the day - but then, I don't feel I should earn anything for doing nothing. Anyone able to explain this to me so it makes more sense? Anyone else feel the same? Just doesn't seem like a true number.
"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it" ~ Anne Shirley
Nimm

Joined: Dec 10
Posts: 669

      quote  
Posted: 08 Aug 2011, 10:20
KimberleyAnn wrote:
I really don't understand the preset numbers on my Exercise calendar. Why do I earn calories for resting? And so many?


It's your Resting Metabolic Rate. You do burn calories "doing nothing" - for the large majority of people, in fact, that's how most of your daily calories are spent. Even at rest, your heart is beating, your brain is thinking, your organs are functioning - all of which takes energy. The amount of energy you spend at rest depends largely on your size and amount of lean body mass (muscle and organs use quite a lot more energy to function and maintain than fat).

KimberleyAnn wrote:
It's like I should be able to lose weight simply by doing nothing but resting and sleeping. NOT!


Take out the "NOT!" and that's entirely correct. Most of your daily energy goes to simply existing, not exercise - unless you're getting an absolute ton of it.
For example, if I stayed in bed all day and did absolutely nothing, I would go through about 1600 calories a day. If I ate just 1100, I would lose weight over time. This is why exercise is not particularly crucial to weight loss - although it is important to HOW you lose weight, and how you look while you're doing it. And your overall health. But in terms of shedding body fat, activity and exercise are secondary to diet. An hour of intense exercise, like running at a pretty fast pace, will burn around 600 calories for most people. That's still not as much as you're burning during the other 23 hours of the day, just by existing - not even close.




Forum Search
Advanced forum search


Latest Posts

Newbie
Test, newbie
by Gigiw_ on 06 Dec 19 07:02 AM
Manual Refresh of App and Numbers
Is there a way to manually refresh the app? I often input my numbers from multiple devices, i.e. phone, tablet, browser, etc., and when I open the app on a device it doesn’t have the changes from another ...
by pchoi94 on 03 Dec 19 09:28 PM
How do you upload photos?
For the life of me I can't figure out how to upload a photo. I clicked "Go Advanced" and image icon and got . I know that's coding but where do you put/get the photos?
by MadOne on 30 Nov 19 05:13 PM
Couple of things . . .
I thought you went to advanced in "post a reply" to post a picture in message, but that isn't working. I think you got it right about what follow means. I find this site unintuitive to ...
by MadOne on 30 Nov 19 04:56 PM
Export Data
You can also use: https://fatsecret.azurewebsites.net/
by adefwebserver on 06 Nov 19 05:16 PM


Get the app
    
© 2019 FatSecret. All rights reserved.