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Friday, May 4, 2012

Monthly Poll



I've decided to add a new feature to my blog.  Every month I will add a new poll to the sidebar of my website to get an opinion about something.  I always find myself wondering about different things and who better to go to for answers than you all!

This month I'm curious to find out if you eat the extra calories that you burn from exercising.  I keep reading different things and I'm curious to know what you all think.  Every calorie tracking website I've been to gives you more calories to eat when you log exercise.  Even Weight Watchers gives you more points when you work out.  Although most people I have talked to about this say that you are not supposed to eat extra calories.

So what do you all think?  Please vote on the sidebar to the right --->  And please feel free to leave comments as to why you feel that you should or shouldn't.

THANKS!





21 comments:

  1. I love this idea Andrea. Not only is it helping you but it will help others. Great idea!

    I voted it depends. If I was at goal, I would likely eat those calories as long as I was maintaining.

    However, if I need to lose weight, I would not. I would want to use everything I could to lose the weight and not eating those calories would help me to do that.

    Sandra

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  2. Great idea. I was bouncing around with my calories (a bit more on days I worked out and a bit less on days I didn't) but my nutritionist put a stop to that at my last appointment. She wants me at a set amount no matter what and it looks like it is working for me.

    That said, when I was/am doing WW, I never used the exercise points for food. I felt like it just gave me an excuse to eat something.

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    1. That's great to know that your nutritionist told you that! I'm meeting with mine in a couple week and I will ask her for sure. I definitely don't want to use it as an excuse to eat more, but last time I worked out I burned 726 so I don't want to not be eating enough. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. If i'm in weight loss mode then no way! But if I'm in that happy place, then ABSOLUTELY!

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I think that seems to be the general consensus.

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  4. Honestly, it really depends on the type of exercizing you do. When i was working out with my personal trainer, she INSISTED I eat extra calories of protein on those days (up about 200 to 300 more), as your body really does need the extra fuel. I lost 85 lbs in the 9 months I worked with her, so it worked for me. It really is a personal decision.

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    1. That's a great point! Maybe if I do eat extra calories, I should just make sure it's some kind of protein and not just an excuse to eat more. I've been working out really hard lately for about 90 minutes and I last time I worked out I burned 726 plus took my dog on a walk. I just want to make sure I'm eating enough to still lose since I am burning so much. Thanks Steph!

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  5. For me, it depends. At maintenance, I will probably eat back some, if not all, of them. During the losing phase, I don't. I do, however, adjust what I eat on heavy workout days by adding more good carbs and a protein shake after the workout.

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    1. Thanks Vicky! I agree, I think I will do that when I'm in maintenance, and only try to eat good carbs or protein on the days I work out really hard.

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  6. Great idea, I think it depends on what stage of the game you are. Also, I think sometimes you feel like you need more calories, it's great to have the option of eating calories you earned.

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    1. Great point! Maybe like you said it could just be an option, but not be the norm. Thanks!

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  7. I agree with Tessie. If you don't feel satified, those extra calories are available.

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  8. I try to eat 1200 calories a day right now while I'm losing. I know on days I've burned a lot of calories (usually run days) I find I'm much hungrier.

    Here's the math: 500 calories/day = 3500 calories per week. 3500 cal = 1 lb.
    So if you can have a 1000 calorie deficit/day you could in affect lose 2 lbs per week. Obviously there are other factors such as water, sodium etc, but I like to set myself up for a 1000 cal deficit per day. This means if my caloric needs calculator says I need 2200 calories to maintain my current weight (177) then 1200 will be a 1000 calorie deficit per day. Right now, I can get that deficit by food intake alone. So I'll eat my extra exercise calories if I'm actually hungry. Usually a protein rich food. When I get a bit lower, I'm not going to want to lower my calories much below 1200, I don't think it's healthy, so I'm probably going to eat fewer of my exercise calories to maintain the 1000 calorie deficit. Make sense?

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    1. Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for posting the info!

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  9. I think it also depends on how hard you are working out. Those biggest loser contestants are in the gym 6 hours a day and have to be eating more than the 1000-1200 kcal style plan most of us follow. I don't think my little 1/2 hour attempt counts for that though.

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    1. Haha. Yeah I guess that's the reason that I was thinking about this, because I've been working out really hard and burning almost 1,000 calories a day in my 90 minute workout and taking my dog on a walk. I just didn't want to be eating too few calories and not losing. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I voted no- simply because I feel much better knowing I have a big, ole deficit at the end of the day! :)

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  11. If I tried to eat the exact same amount on a day where I didn't work out and a day where I work out twice...it just wouldn't work. I don't like to eat "all" my exercise calories, because that doesn't seem to work either.

    It seems like there is a happy medium.

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