I'm looking for advice on how to deal with exercise calories in maintenance.
I haven't been eating back my exercise calories while losing, but I'm now ready to maintain.
However, I'm worried about the inexactness of exercise calorie estimates. Most of my exercise calories come from walking, measured by MapMyWalk, with some cycling (MapMyRide) and some HIIT and yoga. The apps usually record 600 - 1100 exercise calories per day. I have had at least one MFP friend suggest my exercise calories are unlikely to be accurate (I.e. the apps are overestimating).
However, it would still be good to be able to scale food intake on days with more exercise, even if I don't trust the absolute numbers.
Also, if the numbers are accurate, it suggests I need to increase calories quite a lot to maintain (or decrease exercise, but I would rather not), but I'm rather frightened of adding so many calories at once.
Does anyone have any advice for how to deal with all this?