I have a few questions. I am a stay-at-home mom, who had twin girls 51/2 years ago. I have never needed to go on a diet, as I have always been thin....until I became a stay-at-home-mom. I seemed to snack a lot more and not on healthy foods! Well, over the last 5 years I have slowly gained about 25-30 unwanted pounds. I just joined our local YMCA for the first time, and realized that I also need to change my diet, thus I found this site to help out.
My questions are: I have read that you are supposed to "eat" your calories burned from exercise. So, for example, this site tells me that I should eat 1540 calories per day to lose 1 pound per week. The days I go to the YMCA I burn about 280-300 calories (which is 3-4 days a week). On the other days I burn only about 100-200 with walking outside. So, do I really "eat" all of the calories---on top of the 1540 that I should also be eating? Or do you "eat" only some of your burned calories.
Also this site tells me that my BMR is 1518/day. Calories burned by just doing nothing. What exactly does that number tell me....what do I use that number for?
Any other information that you can give me would be helpful. I have no idea how fast or slow I will lose weight. Just like others on this site, I also want to lose my (twin skin tummy---as I call it!), or at least flatten it a little. The other place I have really gained weight is my thighs....not pretty for summertime!
Thanks in advance for your help!