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# Seriously cofused... do I eat back these calories!?

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I am on MFP and am supposed to eat 1,560 calories a day. I also work out 6 days a week for about 2 hours. An hour of cardio and then weights or I'll swim in the pool just depends on my mood and if I had a workout class that day. When I enter the calories I burn from working out it tells me that I need to eat more. For instance let's say I have 1,560 calories and have ate 600 of them. I then workout and put in my calories I've burned and the MFP tells me that I now need to eat 2,160 calories! Is that right? I can't do that! That's too much food.  Also if I'm eating the calories I just burned how am I losing weight? Sorry for so many questions I'm just really confused.

by on Jun. 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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by Darby on Jun. 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Working out 3-5 days/week, 1878*1.55 = 2910

2910-500=2410

Your range is 1878-2410 to lose 1 pound per week.

Now the 6 days/week formula is typically only used for athetes, but I'll give you those numbers anyway.

Working out 6 days/week, 1878*1.75 = 3286

3286-500=2886

Range is 1878-2886**

To be honest, if I were you, I would use the 3-5 day formula as I really don't think you need all those extra calories from the 6 day/week formula...just my opinion based on my experience.

I would stick to the 1878-2410 range if I were you.  Good luck and let me know if you have any questions:)

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Age- 24

Height- 5 '4'

Weight- 238

I workout out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I always do at least 40-60 min of cardio and at least 45 min of weights. Sometimes if I have time before my 2 hours are up I'll go in the sauna. On Mondays and Wed I have Body Pump class (working out with weights) On Friday Mornings I have Body Vive (resistance band, vive ball, and almost all cardio) on Friday afternoons I have Body Jam (Like Zumba), and on Saturdays I have Body Flow (Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates mixed together). All classes are 1 hour. On the days I have class I will leave the class and go do 30 min cardio and 30 min weights. Sometimes if class wore me out I will do 20 min cardio and swim in the pool for about 30 min and then sit in the sauna. I don't workout on Sundays.

I need your age,height,weight and the number of days per week you work out...it is great if you tell me what types and durations of workouts as well so I can decide which formula to use..

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Can you give me my information to have my BMR?

Quoting mcginnisc:

MFP is designed for you to eat back those calories. When you input your information and it sets that goal, it is meant for you to eat your calories, exercise and exercise calories and hit zero in your budget. This way, you will have a 500 calorie daily deficit and at least a 1 lb weekly loss.

Now, if you use MFP's number for you, then yes, you should be eating those calories back.. if you use the numbers I gave you, eat within your range only. I have my MFP manually set for my BMR range and I eat within that range.

by on Jun. 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Thanks so much. So if I eat around 1800 or 2000 calories and exercise I should continue to loose weight every week? The clories I burn from working out I won't need to eat again?

Quoting darbyakeep45:

Working out 3-5 days/week, 1878*1.55 = 2910

2910-500=2410

Your range is 1878-2410 to lose 1 pound per week.

Now the 6 days/week formula is typically only used for athetes, but I'll give you those numbers anyway.

Working out 6 days/week, 1878*1.75 = 3286

3286-500=2886

Range is 1878-2886**

To be honest, if I were you, I would use the 3-5 day formula as I really don't think you need all those extra calories from the 6 day/week formula...just my opinion based on my experience.

I would stick to the 1878-2410 range if I were you.  Good luck and let me know if you have any questions:)

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Age- 24

Height- 5 '4'

Weight- 238

I workout out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I always do at least 40-60 min of cardio and at least 45 min of weights. Sometimes if I have time before my 2 hours are up I'll go in the sauna. On Mondays and Wed I have Body Pump class (working out with weights) On Friday Mornings I have Body Vive (resistance band, vive ball, and almost all cardio) on Friday afternoons I have Body Jam (Like Zumba), and on Saturdays I have Body Flow (Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates mixed together). All classes are 1 hour. On the days I have class I will leave the class and go do 30 min cardio and 30 min weights. Sometimes if class wore me out I will do 20 min cardio and swim in the pool for about 30 min and then sit in the sauna. I don't workout on Sundays.

I need your age,height,weight and the number of days per week you work out...it is great if you tell me what types and durations of workouts as well so I can decide which formula to use..

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Can you give me my information to have my BMR?

Quoting mcginnisc:

MFP is designed for you to eat back those calories. When you input your information and it sets that goal, it is meant for you to eat your calories, exercise and exercise calories and hit zero in your budget. This way, you will have a 500 calorie daily deficit and at least a 1 lb weekly loss.

Now, if you use MFP's number for you, then yes, you should be eating those calories back.. if you use the numbers I gave you, eat within your range only. I have my MFP manually set for my BMR range and I eat within that range.

by Darby on Jun. 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

You're so welcome:)

Yes, eating around 1800-2000 should be fine...although if you find you're more hungry or you're not losing weight, then you can go up to 2400 if you want to.  You don't need to eat back anything you burn as this calorie range accounts for all your exercise:)

Good luck!

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Thanks so much. So if I eat around 1800 or 2000 calories and exercise I should continue to loose weight every week? The clories I burn from working out I won't need to eat again?

Quoting darbyakeep45:

Working out 3-5 days/week, 1878*1.55 = 2910

2910-500=2410

Your range is 1878-2410 to lose 1 pound per week.

Now the 6 days/week formula is typically only used for athetes, but I'll give you those numbers anyway.

Working out 6 days/week, 1878*1.75 = 3286

3286-500=2886

Range is 1878-2886**

To be honest, if I were you, I would use the 3-5 day formula as I really don't think you need all those extra calories from the 6 day/week formula...just my opinion based on my experience.

I would stick to the 1878-2410 range if I were you.  Good luck and let me know if you have any questions:)

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Age- 24

Height- 5 '4'

Weight- 238

I workout out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I always do at least 40-60 min of cardio and at least 45 min of weights. Sometimes if I have time before my 2 hours are up I'll go in the sauna. On Mondays and Wed I have Body Pump class (working out with weights) On Friday Mornings I have Body Vive (resistance band, vive ball, and almost all cardio) on Friday afternoons I have Body Jam (Like Zumba), and on Saturdays I have Body Flow (Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates mixed together). All classes are 1 hour. On the days I have class I will leave the class and go do 30 min cardio and 30 min weights. Sometimes if class wore me out I will do 20 min cardio and swim in the pool for about 30 min and then sit in the sauna. I don't workout on Sundays.

I need your age,height,weight and the number of days per week you work out...it is great if you tell me what types and durations of workouts as well so I can decide which formula to use..

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Can you give me my information to have my BMR?

Quoting mcginnisc:

MFP is designed for you to eat back those calories. When you input your information and it sets that goal, it is meant for you to eat your calories, exercise and exercise calories and hit zero in your budget. This way, you will have a 500 calorie daily deficit and at least a 1 lb weekly loss.

Now, if you use MFP's number for you, then yes, you should be eating those calories back.. if you use the numbers I gave you, eat within your range only. I have my MFP manually set for my BMR range and I eat within that range.

by Claire on Jun. 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Age- 24

Height- 5 '4'

Weight- 238

I workout out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I always do at least 40-60 min of cardio and at least 45 min of weights. Sometimes if I have time before my 2 hours are up I'll go in the sauna. On Mondays and Wed I have Body Pump class (working out with weights) On Friday Mornings I have Body Vive (resistance band, vive ball, and almost all cardio) on Friday afternoons I have Body Jam (Like Zumba), and on Saturdays I have Body Flow (Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates mixed together). All classes are 1 hour. On the days I have class I will leave the class and go do 30 min cardio and 30 min weights. Sometimes if class wore me out I will do 20 min cardio and swim in the pool for about 30 min and then sit in the sauna. I don't workout on Sundays.

I need your age,height,weight and the number of days per week you work out...it is great if you tell me what types and durations of workouts as well so I can decide which formula to use..

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Can you give me my information to have my BMR?

Quoting mcginnisc:

MFP is designed for you to eat back those calories. When you input your information and it sets that goal, it is meant for you to eat your calories, exercise and exercise calories and hit zero in your budget. This way, you will have a 500 calorie daily deficit and at least a 1 lb weekly loss.

Now, if you use MFP's number for you, then yes, you should be eating those calories back.. if you use the numbers I gave you, eat within your range only. I have my MFP manually set for my BMR range and I eat within that range.

BMR: 1878

Maintenance while working out 6 days per week : 1878*1.725=3239

To lose 1 lb per week: 3239-500=2739

Your ideal calorie range is 1878-2739 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week.

Claire

Moderator: Healthy Weight Loss & Adoptive Moms

" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

by Darby on Jun. 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Quoting mcginnisc:

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Age- 24

Height- 5 '4'

Weight- 238

I workout out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I always do at least 40-60 min of cardio and at least 45 min of weights. Sometimes if I have time before my 2 hours are up I'll go in the sauna. On Mondays and Wed I have Body Pump class (working out with weights) On Friday Mornings I have Body Vive (resistance band, vive ball, and almost all cardio) on Friday afternoons I have Body Jam (Like Zumba), and on Saturdays I have Body Flow (Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates mixed together). All classes are 1 hour. On the days I have class I will leave the class and go do 30 min cardio and 30 min weights. Sometimes if class wore me out I will do 20 min cardio and swim in the pool for about 30 min and then sit in the sauna. I don't workout on Sundays.

I need your age,height,weight and the number of days per week you work out...it is great if you tell me what types and durations of workouts as well so I can decide which formula to use..

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Can you give me my information to have my BMR?

Quoting mcginnisc:

MFP is designed for you to eat back those calories. When you input your information and it sets that goal, it is meant for you to eat your calories, exercise and exercise calories and hit zero in your budget. This way, you will have a 500 calorie daily deficit and at least a 1 lb weekly loss.

Now, if you use MFP's number for you, then yes, you should be eating those calories back.. if you use the numbers I gave you, eat within your range only. I have my MFP manually set for my BMR range and I eat within that range.

BMR: 1878

Maintenance while working out 6 days per week : 1878*1.725=3239

To lose 1 lb per week: 3239-500=2739

Your ideal calorie range is 1878-2739 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week.

I actually told her to maybe stick with the 3-5 day/week formula instead of this one...what do you think?  I told her she could stick with the 1878-2400 range....need your input here:)

by Claire on Jun. 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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Quoting darbyakeep45:

Quoting mcginnisc:

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Age- 24

Height- 5 '4'

Weight- 238

I workout out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I always do at least 40-60 min of cardio and at least 45 min of weights. Sometimes if I have time before my 2 hours are up I'll go in the sauna. On Mondays and Wed I have Body Pump class (working out with weights) On Friday Mornings I have Body Vive (resistance band, vive ball, and almost all cardio) on Friday afternoons I have Body Jam (Like Zumba), and on Saturdays I have Body Flow (Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates mixed together). All classes are 1 hour. On the days I have class I will leave the class and go do 30 min cardio and 30 min weights. Sometimes if class wore me out I will do 20 min cardio and swim in the pool for about 30 min and then sit in the sauna. I don't workout on Sundays.

I need your age,height,weight and the number of days per week you work out...it is great if you tell me what types and durations of workouts as well so I can decide which formula to use..

Quoting ashleighd1006:

Can you give me my information to have my BMR?

Quoting mcginnisc:

MFP is designed for you to eat back those calories. When you input your information and it sets that goal, it is meant for you to eat your calories, exercise and exercise calories and hit zero in your budget. This way, you will have a 500 calorie daily deficit and at least a 1 lb weekly loss.

Now, if you use MFP's number for you, then yes, you should be eating those calories back.. if you use the numbers I gave you, eat within your range only. I have my MFP manually set for my BMR range and I eat within that range.

BMR: 1878

Maintenance while working out 6 days per week : 1878*1.725=3239

To lose 1 lb per week: 3239-500=2739

Your ideal calorie range is 1878-2739 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week.

I actually told her to maybe stick with the 3-5 day/week formula instead of this one...what do you think?  I told her she could stick with the 1878-2400 range....need your input here:)

The only reason I did the 6 day is due to the fact that she is getting 2 hours per day...she could use either one of them.. She can try the 5 day formula and if she feels she needs more, go with the 6 day formula.

Claire

Moderator: Healthy Weight Loss & Adoptive Moms

" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

by Nina on Jun. 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

MFP has given you a consumption goal of 1,560 calories to help you lose your goal weight based on your dynamics. However, you need to understand that to lose one pound of weight you need to consume 3,500 calories LESS than what you are using. You can lose one pound per week by consuming 500 calories less each day than what you burn (i.e. you burn 2000 calories a day, so you eat 1,500 calories a day). BUT you need to eat AT LEAST 1,200 calories a day. If you have a larger deficit than 500 calories a day, you will lose more weight quicker. simple math.

Now in your situation ... say you ONLY consumed your 1,560 calories for the entire day, and your exercises burned 600 calories. That would put your "total calories for the day" at 960. BUT it is very important to consume at least 1,200 calories a day to avoid putting your body in to starvation mode, so you should eat a healthy 240 calorie snack (like an apple with some peanut butter).

HOWEVER if you are burning THAT MANY CALORIES each day, are you certain that MFP correctly calculated your needed caloric intake?? If you are that active, your body burns more calories during the day during basic functions, which would allow you a greater caloric intake.