# Exercise calories - do I eat these? A video explanation.

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edited November 2021
Here's a brief and simple explanation.

This video was approved by mod team before posting and this is a non monetized channel. I only mention for TOU/disclosure purposes. @psuLemon

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Lmao
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I feel like every video you post should be a sticky.

Agreed!
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Wish work didn't block the video...
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New to this app, your video was very helpful. Thanks!
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Thank You! That explains it pretty well. THANK YOU FOR THIS APP BY THE WAY!!!!
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Help, I'm still a little confused after watching the video. When I calculated my calorie requirements I used the Harris-Benedict equation and multiplied it by my activity level (for light exercise) before than minusing 500 for weight loss. Given that I multplied my BMR by my activity level do I need to eat back my exercise calories??
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I would say no if you have accounted for them in your calorie goal already.

Hopefully SideSteel will check in here and give you more information. I have never figured my calories that way so I don't know much about it. Have you used a TDEE calculator to figure it? This is the one that I have used. You might try it and see if your figures are close. Your TDEE would already include exercise.

http://scoobysworkshop.com/accurate-calorie-calculator/
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Tania_181 wrote: »
Help, I'm still a little confused after watching the video. When I calculated my calorie requirements I used the Harris-Benedict equation and multiplied it by my activity level (for light exercise) before than minusing 500 for weight loss. Given that I multplied my BMR by my activity level do I need to eat back my exercise calories??

No, if you've accounted for them in your activity then you would be double dipping. You eat back exercise calories with the MFP methodology because they aren't accounted for in activity level
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Beautifully explained, Patrick.
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Annie_01 wrote: »
I would say no if you have accounted for them in your calorie goal already.

Hopefully SideSteel will check in here and give you more information. I have never figured my calories that way so I don't know much about it. Have you used a TDEE calculator to figure it? This is the one that I have used. You might try it and see if your figures are close. Your TDEE would already include exercise.

http://scoobysworkshop.com/accurate-calorie-calculator/

Thanks, the calculator gave me numbers very close to the ones I'm using so it looks like no I definitely should not be eating back the calories burnt.
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The calculator that MFP uses does not include any allowance for exercise. They assume that you will eat back at least part of what you burn through exercise on top of your calorie allowance based on the amount that you want to lose. If your activity and exercise is consistent throughout the week the way that you have figured it or the TDEE is a better option.

Mine isn't...I have 4 days that I am active and 3 days that my exercise is resistance training and since that doesn't burn many calories I have gone back to using MFP's calculation and just adding my exercise back in (about half of what the calculators tell me that I have burned).

Glad that we could help you figure it out!
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Thank you!
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This video was very helpful and right on time, thank you! Just yesterday I did 30min on Elliptical and while logging my dinner, I noticed that my overall calories for the day were 1500 (as opposed to 1200). I thought that I made a mistake somewhere
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Much better than my short inpatient answer, which would be if you put your level of activity at sedentary then sure eat them and if not I don't know lol