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working out more = eating more, OK?

I've been working out more and find that I'm eating more (OK, I get the more activity, more fuel/food thing) but I find that I am permitting myself to eat quite a bit more "because I worked out today." How much more is OK?

Thu. Aug 24, 12:58am

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Probably less than you would think... try and estimate the number of calories you burn from any of the activity caculators online. If you have already cut out the number of calories you need to be losing weight, you can safely eat the amount of calories you burned through exercise and still lose. If you are doing a solid cardio workout for 60 minutes, it could be from 300-600 calories.

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 8:58 AM

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Well for example 30 minutes on my elliptical doing a decent pace and resistance burns appx 200 calories. So then look at the package and see how much you can add for that 200 calories.

Now is your goal toning or weight loss? If your goal is toning the eating more for the calories you've burned is fine, but if your trying to lose weight eating more because you excercised isn't going to get you to your goal very fast.

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 9:48 AM

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I find that if I am doing two workouts a day (morning and evening) I NEED to eat more, or else I am sleepy, depressed, and generally useless the next day. The key is to make those "extra" calories really work for me. Usually I have a few extra carbs before the second workout to make sure I have energy, and lean protein for recovery after it. (And by "carbs" and "protein" I do NOT mean "ice cream.")

Then again, my goal at this point is not a huge weight loss but a moderate (4-8 pound) fat loss/muscle gain. If your goal is different, you may want to approach your eating another way.

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 9:52 AM

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My experience has been that I can eat quite a bit more if I am exercising (either cardio or weights) for about an hour a day. I am losing weight at a good pace - 1 to 2 pounds per week - and eating until I am not hungry any more. I think it depends on a lot of factors - how much you were eating before, how hard you are working out, what kinds of foods you are eating, etc. Experiment a little - write down everything you eat and all your exercise (which you are hopefully already on PT) and then weigh yourself every day. Nno single day or even couple of days will give you the answer, but pay attention over a few weeks or even months, and you will find out the answer for your body, your exercise level and your eating choices.

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 10:05 PM

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just try to eat healthy at least! vegetables, fruits, lots of protein...

Friday, August 25, 2006, 10:58 AM

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nope. common myth.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 2:36 PM

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Depends on your metabolism and the intensity of your exercise. You'll just have to experiment to find out what works best for you - and you'll need fewer calories as you lose weight, so even if you need to eat a little more now, pay attention because it won't last forever.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 3:52 PM

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