Do you really eat all those calories?

ZSAZSA56 - 4:41AM PDT, Aug 1st 2010

zsazsa56
Atlanta, GA

I have been using CK off and on over a couple of years. The thing that always stresses me out is on the days I exercise it wants me to eat the additional calories that I burned off in the gym. I work out pretty hard and this can mean an additional 400-700 calories. My daily target is 1350, which on most days I feel like is plenty of food. I am afraid to eat more than that plus I question whether I have really burned that much in the gym. I figure an hour of high intensity exercise is about 600 calories max. So my question to you is do you really consume those extra calories on the days you exercise? If you do, do you notice a difference when you don't?


SCHMIDTD7 - 10:07AM PDT, Aug 2nd 2010

schmidtd7

I do eat back the calories that I burn. I generally work out for a half hour or 45 minutes depending on what I'm doing. I find that if I don't eat back the exercise calories I don't lose the weight.


HW 162
CKSW 156
CW 138
GW 120


KARENS301 - 11:02AM PDT, Aug 2nd 2010

karens301
Washington

I don't eat back my exercise calories.I override it and put in 0.I do keep track of how many minutes tho. My weight is losing just fine at my 1550.Maybe you'll want to just eat half of the calories back.


ZSAZSA56 - 12:23PM PDT, Aug 2nd 2010

zsazsa56
Atlanta, GA

Yes, I'm finding that on my heavy workout days (weights + cardio) I am more hungry during the day so I end up eating around 1500 instead of 1300. But if I'm burning 700 calories in the gym (which I doubt) It would be difficult to eat that much more food.


SALLY1 - 4:02PM PDT, Aug 2nd 2010

sally1
Atlanta

Hi Robin,
I use a heart rate monitor and that gives me a more accurate measure of the calories burned during exercise. I record and eat back about half the calories and this seems to work for me. I am also more hungry when I exercise and I have noticed that when I do not eat enough calories, I do not lose weight.
Hope this helps.
Sally1:queen:


MIDDLEROAD - 6:59AM PDT, Aug 11th 2010 View users public blog View users public diary

middleroad
Chicago

I started out eating my exercise calories, and I think it was way to much. I have a generous 1650 to start with and I don't need any more. So I override the exercise calories and put down 0. I really don't get the exercise calories, because I am very hungry when I exercise but if I eat the calories, I don't lose the weight. I need one of those heart rate monitors.


KATHJO51 - 12:38PM PDT, Aug 12th 2010

kathjo51
Pa

Hi! I have only been here a few weeks and I am to date eating my exercise cal's within 100 or 150....never more as I feel it may be too many calories...I am glad to find an over 50 group and look forward to chatting up this weight loss challenge. :hi:


ANDERJAN2000 - 4:46PM PDT, Aug 15th 2010

anderjan2000
Puget Sound, Washington

I eat around 1350 calories. On big workout days I will up that to as much as 1500. If I eat back all my calories, i find that I maintain at best. I had my body fat tested in July and at 145 pounds they said my calories needed were about 1540. That would be without exercise.

Everyone is different. It also makes a difference if you are close to goal weight or still have many pounds to lose.

That is were the CK diary comes in handy. If you record all your exercise and calories, it is easy to figure out if what you are doing is working.


SPEECHFREAK - 8:32PM PDT, Aug 19th 2010

speechfreak

I am new here, but I eat back my calories in the form of a treat at bedtime. If I don't exercise, I don't get the treat.


MECHDONNA2 - 8:26AM PDT, Nov 5th 2010

mechdonna2
Virginia

I eat back my calories. So far, I don't burn anymore than 200 calories in 1/2 hr. The machines give me the count. Are you sure you are burning 600?

Donna


BBENNETTFNP - 8:25PM PDT, Nov 5th 2010 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

I hope your machine is more honest than mine. I wondered why I was working the program so faithfully and not making much progress. I was trusting my treadmill to tell me how much I had "earned". When i programed the same intensity and duration into CK the calorie count was almost 1/2. that means that for at least half the days on the program I was seriously over target in my calorie intake. :bang:

called a screeching halt to that this week and seem to be making progress. not much but some. at least out of the 180's. :blush4:
Betty


MECHDONNA2 - 7:17AM PST, Nov 8th 2010

mechdonna2
Virginia

I hope the machines are accurate, too. I know the stationary bike is accurate. I can feel myself working hard. The older machine may be questionable!

So far, my joints have been holding up very well! I used to use the eliptical, and my hip joints hurt every night. No problem yet as long as I am walking and sitting down while using the machines.

How are your joints holding up?


MECHDONNA2 - 7:18AM PST, Nov 8th 2010

mechdonna2
Virginia

You are doing great! Congrats for getting out of the 180's.


BBENNETTFNP - 5:58PM PST, Nov 9th 2010 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

Agree about the ellipticals. they are really given such a great billing: the ultimate exercise machine, low impact, good for everyone - except for little old ladies like myself with arthritis in the low back. my edurance on one of those is less than 10 minutes and then I am crippled for rest of the day. thank goodness I tried it before my husband bought one. we are sticking with our old fashioned treadmill. I can tolerate that just fine, and so can he.

Glad your joints are holding up. :smile1:


BBENNETTFNP - 5:58PM PST, Nov 9th 2010 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

Agree about the ellipticals. they are really given such a great billing: the ultimate exercise machine, low impact, good for everyone - except for little old ladies like myself with arthritis in the low back. my edurance on one of those is less than 10 minutes and then I am crippled for rest of the day. thank goodness I tried it before my husband bought one. we are sticking with our old fashioned treadmill. I can tolerate that just fine, and so can he.

Glad your joints are holding up. :smile1:


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