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Hi, this is a question for MFP users. Let's say for example it sets your daily calorie goal at 2000 calories. You eat 1500 and add those, then exercise and burn off 500. MFP will then tell y… Read More
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
Hi, this is a question for MFP users.

Let's say for example it sets your daily calorie goal at 2000 calories.

You eat 1500 and add those, then exercise and burn off 500.

MFP will then tell you that you have 1000 calories left for the day, but if you eat another 1000 on top of your 1500, that's 2500, which is 500 more than your goal.

So, do you take note of the calories you have left for the day or not? Would you ignore that and focus solely on the fact that you only have 500 left for the day? I'm confused.
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
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#1
If you go into settings there is an option to add the calories burned in exercise to the total calories you want to eat.
It is automatically ticked.
If you prefer not to add these then you can untick and it will keep your calories burned separate from your total calorie intake.

Hope this helps.
#2
The whole point is to keep a calorie deficit (assuming you want to lose weight). Assume your basal metabolic rate is circa 2200 calories (or it is for me). I want to eat a 700 calorie deficit diet (works out to be approx 700g weight loss a week). This gives me a calorie goal of 1500, if I exercise, this gives me additional calories to eat. If I run 7 miles to work, I burn approximately 800 calories, this gives me a a calorie goal of 2300 for the day, and as long as I stick to that, I'm still at a calorie deficit of 700. Stick to that, day after day and I'll lose weight.
#3
ambi79
If you go into settings there is an option to add the calories burned in exercise to the total calories you want to eat.
It is automatically ticked.
If you prefer not to add these then you can untick and it will keep your calories burned separate from your total calorie intake.
Hope this helps.

Thank you. I'd rather keep it as it is but it still doesn't make sense to me.
#4
Although, if you stick to your calorie goal regardless of exercise you'll lose weight faster, but if you go too extreme (1000 under what you burn) your body with start to hold onto fat as it thinks it's being starved. As you lose weight, your BMR will decrease so you'll need to reduce your calorie target
#5
Mikey_b
The whole point is to keep a calorie deficit (assuming you want to lose weight). Assume your basal metabolic rate is circa 2200 calories (or it is for me). I want to eat a 700 calorie deficit diet (works out to be approx 700g weight loss a week). This gives me a calorie goal of 1500, if I exercise, this gives me additional calories to eat. If I run 7 miles to work, I burn approximately 800 calories, this gives me a a calorie goal of 2300 for the day, and as long as I stick to that, I'm still at a calorie deficit of 700. Stick to that, day after day and I'll lose weight.

Yes, I do get that but I'm stll confused. It has set my daily calorie goal at 1810. Today, I've eaten 1704 but burnt 535. It is saying that I can eat another 641. 1704 plus 641 is 2345. So if I ate another 641 calories today, I'd be eating 345 MORE than is recommended for me to maintain weight (2000 since I am female).

Edited By: squiff on Jan 18, 2017 19:17
#6
Because you've burnt off energy exercising, you can eat more. Assuming you don't want to/need to lose a lot of weight as you're only working on a 200 calorie deficit (200gr fat/week). Yes you're eating more than the 2000 recommended, but you've increased the amount you've burnt for the day (BMR plus exercise).
#7
Mikey_b
Because you've burnt off energy exercising, you can eat more. Assuming you don't want to/need to lose a lot of weight as you're only working on a 200 calorie deficit (200gr fat/week). Yes you're eating more than the 2000 recommended, but you've increased the amount you've burnt for the day (BMR plus exercise).

So the government are saying you should eat 2000 (for women) if you sit on your bum all day? I need to lose 1.5 stone but am happy to do it slower and more carefully so that it stays off. I've set it to help me lose 1.5bs a week.
#8
The government set their guidelines years back, when people did more manual labour. 2000 is certainly around the right number, but they have to issue a number for the general population, everyone is different, everyone has different rates of metabolism.

You will lose weight if you eat 1800 calories a day, assuming you burn off more. Be wary about how many calories you're burning off based on your fitness tracker etc. If you burn off 600, assume there's a margin of error, and only eat an extra 400. You don't need to eat all your allowance, don't eat if you're not hungry. If you need lower calorie options, check out the subreddit 1200isplenty. Loads of good idea for meals etc
#9
Mikey_b
The government set their guidelines years back, when people did more manual labour. 2000 is certainly around the right number, but they have to issue a number for the general population, everyone is different, everyone has different rates of metabolism.
You will lose weight if you eat 1800 calories a day, assuming you burn off more. Be wary about how many calories you're burning off based on your fitness tracker etc. If you burn off 600, assume there's a margin of error, and only eat an extra 400. You don't need to eat all your allowance, don't eat if you're not hungry. If you need lower calorie options, check out the subreddit 1200isplenty. Loads of good idea for meals etc

Thanks Mikey.
#10
Basically as above. It tracks your movement and allows extra calories accordingly. For example if you sit watching tv all day today then 1810 would be your limit. Run a marathon tomorrow it would go up hugely as you will hve burned off a load of calories

Great app btw can store recipes for stuff youve cooked for quick add etc
#11
123batman321
Basically as above. It tracks your movement and allows extra calories accordingly. For example if you sit watching tv all day today then 1810 would be your limit. Run a marathon tomorrow it would go up hugely as you will hve burned off a load of calories
Great app btw can store recipes for stuff youve cooked for quick add etc

I've been using the app for years and only wondered about this in the last few days. I'm glad I can go with the calorie amount in green, lol
#12
Read that if you eat within a 8 hour window that helps,awkward.You burn more calories after exercise because your metabolic rate is increased so maybe that could be allowed for ,not that much though.
#13
squiff
123batman321
Basically as above. It tracks your movement and allows extra calories accordingly. For example if you sit watching tv all day today then 1810 would be your limit. Run a marathon tomorrow it would go up hugely as you will hve burned off a load of calories
Great app btw can store recipes for stuff youve cooked for quick add etc

I've been using the app for years and only wondered about this in the last few days. I'm glad I can go with the calorie amount in green, lol


Lol mine spends alot of time in the red ha ha

Heres a challenge for you see if you can hit the red ar breakfast. Pretty difficult but if your at a hotel breakfast buffet its fairly achievable lol
#14
squiff
123batman321
Basically as above. It tracks your movement and allows extra calories accordingly. For example if you sit watching tv all day today then 1810 would be your limit. Run a marathon tomorrow it would go up hugely as you will hve burned off a load of calories
Great app btw can store recipes for stuff youve cooked for quick add etc

I've been using the app for years and only wondered about this in the last few days. I'm glad I can go with the calorie amount in green, lol


Lol mine spends alot of time in the red ha ha

Heres a challenge for you see if you can hit the red ar breakfast. Pretty difficult but if your at a hotel breakfast buffet its fairly achievable lol
#15
123batman321
squiff
123batman321
Basically as above. It tracks your movement and allows extra calories accordingly. For example if you sit watching tv all day today then 1810 would be your limit. Run a marathon tomorrow it would go up hugely as you will hve burned off a load of calories
Great app btw can store recipes for stuff youve cooked for quick add etc
I've been using the app for years and only wondered about this in the last few days. I'm glad I can go with the calorie amount in green, lol
Lol mine spends alot of time in the red ha ha
Heres a challenge for you see if you can hit the red ar breakfast. Pretty difficult but if your at a hotel breakfast buffet its fairly achievable lol

Err, I'm trying to lose weight, not gain it!
#16
It's pretty simple when you think about it... you get an 'allowance' of say 2000 calories a day which mfp has calculated is the right amount of calories you should be eating each day to lose a certain amount of weight each week. This 2000 calories is not including any exercise so if you was eat 2500 calories but burn 500 this is exactly the same as eating 2000 but doing no exercise. It's not really the app that's confusing that's just how calories work ha

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