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Exercise calorie Deduction?


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I have determined that if I consume less than 2000 calories per day i will lose weight.  My question is if I consume 1500 calories in a day and then say take an hour long walk burning 260 or so calories can I effectively deduct the 260 calories from the 1500 to get a total intake of 1240? Is that how it works with exercise and calories or is the computation more complicated than that?
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I think that's only partially the idea.  Because, when you exercise, you raise your metabolism and it stays up for a few hours after exercising, so exercising REALLY helps.  I heard that if you stick with exercising regularly, your metabolism stays up for longer and longer periods of time.

I don't think of it as a "total intake of 1240" but I just see the difference between the calories I ate in day compared with the calories I burned in a day.

I've also read on here that people often eat about 300 more calories on days they exercise (i.e., if they work out 3 times a week or something.)  Remember to think of food as FUEL.

Sometimes I don't eat enough so I don't feel like working out, especially if it's been several hours since I late ate.  My blood sugar is low and I feel draggy.  It shouldn't be that way.  So I have a small snack, feel more energetic, and then have a really good workout and a fun time doing it rather than feel like I'm suffering.

1500 cals/day for a man sounds low to me.  See how it works, and at some point you may want to consider upping your calories a little, even though it will take longer to lose the weight.  It might be healthier and longer lasting. 

I tell myself, it doesn't matter how fast I'm losing as long as I'm losing.

 

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Thanks for the reply msheeran, yes I am short, 5'5' so according to the calculator on this site to maintain my weight I need to consume about 2000 calories a day, and to lose a pound a week I need to consume no more than 1500 calories a day. 

I do Bikram Yoga (which supposedly burns 1200 calories in a 90 minute workout) one to three times per week and I try to walk at least an hour on the other days. 

So I guess if it takes 2000 calories to maintain my weight, then on the days I do Bikram I burn 3200 calories and on the days I walk I burn around 2260 per day?  Does this sound correct?  And if so ,if I consume less calories than this I should start losing weight?

 

 

 

 

bikram burns more like 500-700 calories. but it is amazing.
Original Post by bruce22:

I have determined that if I consume less than 2000 calories per day i will lose weight.  My question is if I consume 1500 calories in a day and then say take an hour long walk burning 260 or so calories can I effectively deduct the 260 calories from the 1500 to get a total intake of 1240? Is that how it works with exercise and calories or is the computation more complicated than that?

No - not even that complicated - your exercise gets added to your total burn. The amount you eat is.... the amount you eat.

Total burn - Total consumed = deficit.

You didn't not eat that hamburger because you ran a mile (not that those are equivalent, but you get my point)

Original Post by bruce22:

Thanks for the reply msheeran, yes I am short, 5'5' so according to the calculator on this site to maintain my weight I need to consume about 2000 calories a day, and to lose a pound a week I need to consume no more than 1500 calories a day. 

I do Bikram Yoga (which supposedly burns 1200 calories in a 90 minute workout) one to three times per week and I try to walk at least an hour on the other days. 

So I guess if it takes 2000 calories to maintain my weight, then on the days I do Bikram I burn 3200 calories and on the days I walk I burn around 2260 per day?  Does this sound correct?  And if so ,if I consume less calories than this I should start losing weight?

 

 

 

 

If you are using the calculator on this site and you chose to lose weight it already calculates a calorie reduction for you.  For instance if your activity level is set to burn 4000 calories and you need 3800 to maintain CC calculator will tell you to eat 3500 so that you come in at a 500 deficit.  Does that make since?  Use what the calculator is giving you not the calculator minus another 500 if you are using the calculator form CC.

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