OK, I know the adage is to eat exercise calories... and doing that has really helped my weight loss and overall fitness. I aim for 1200-1300 *net* calories a day, based on MFP recommendations. But on days when I have hard or long training runs (I'm training for a half marathon), I don't know how beneficial, let alone practical, it would be, to eat all the exercise calories.
For example, yesterday I ran 7 miles and burned 730 calories. I ate 1,550 calories. That left me with only 820 net calories! That seems way too low.
But I wasn't hungry... by the time I ate my chicken and veggies for dinner, and then ate some grapes and 1/2 cup skim milk and even a small chocolate chip cookie because I was lacking in calories and because it looked so tempting
... I was stuffed. During the day I ate nuts because they are a good way for me to get in calories without getting too full. But I don't want to eat nuts all day because of the fat content.
I am hoping that maybe there are some athletes on here that train a lot that could give me some idea as to how much they eat. Keep in mind that I am *not* at my goal weight... I still have 11 pounds to lose. So is 820 okay due to the fact that I ran so much, or do I need to eat all of my exercise calories, or just some more of them?