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1200 calories - should I be eating exercise calories back?

Heatherloulou87Heatherloulou87 Member Posts: 12 Member Member Posts: 12 Member

I am currently doing 1200 calories a day. I workout 5-6 times a week and walk 2 miles 5 x a week.

Should I be eating my exercise calories back from my daily workouts and power walk?



  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 25,871 Member Member Posts: 25,871 Member
    Yes. Assuming your goal came from MFP, it isn't accounting for the extra calories you're burning through exercise.
  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 6,698 Member Member Posts: 6,698 Member
    yes, absolutely! Though a 2 miles walk likely won't burn an awful lot.
  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Member Posts: 3,192 Member Member Posts: 3,192 Member
    If you don't, your nutrition will be impacted which can have health consequences in the long term. It is hard to get good nutrition on only 1200 net calories a day. Eating 800-1000 makes it much harder. Losing your hair is only one of many issues that can ensue.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 24,804 Member Member Posts: 24,804 Member
    Unlike other sites which use TDEE calculators, MFP uses the NEAT method (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), and as such this system is designed for exercise calories to be eaten back.

    However, many consider the burns given by MFP to be inflated for them and only eat a percentage, such as 50%, back. Others, however, are able to lose weight while eating 100% of their exercise calories.
  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Member Posts: 10,663 Member Member Posts: 10,663 Member
  • sijomialsijomial Member Posts: 18,876 Member Member Posts: 18,876 Member
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 21,569 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,569 Member

    Besides, they taste the best. I ate all of 'em, through a year-ish of losing 50+ pounds, and for 5+ years of maintenance since.

    1200 calories is already a minimum, quite low for an average-height woman who isn't inactive, maybe older besides. It was too low for me, at age 59, 5'5", sedentary outside of intentional exercise, even when eating back all my exercise calories on top of it. (I do tend to be a weirdo, calorie-needs-wise, but the point is that it's not even the case that *all* older, sedentary, non-tall women need to go as low as 1200, let alone women who are younger, taller, more active, etc.).
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