Post # 1
I have never felt so compelled to loose weight as I do now to get into my dress. I joined my fitness pal but am totally confused. My calorie goal for the day is 1200. I’ve eaten 936. I went to yoga and the gym today so I burned 468. So it’s telling me to eat 732 more calories? That’s SO much more than 1200! I mean I get that if I excersize that I can eat more. THATS what I’ve always done but I’ve never kept track like this or had a crazy MUST MEET deadline the way I do right now. Soooo I’m totally confused, I burned 468 calories…why eat that MUCH more? I totally don’t get the net calorie thing either!
Post # 3
@Angelz_love: MFP is a great site once you get used to it! 🙂 You can add friends for motivation and help, and check out the boards for food and diet advice/goals/challenges.
The goal is 1200 (minimum) for the day to prevent your body going into starvation mode- that’ll make you keep on weight rather than losing it and can be dangerous. So the net calorie thing is to make sure you’re getting the intake you need to stay healthy. You need that 1200 calories to stay healthy, so if you only ate 1200 cal and then burned off 1000 at the gym, you’d be trying to live on 200 calories and that would NOT work. That’s where the ‘eating back’ your calories/net calorie goal comes in.
I like to think of it like a bank account. If you’re supposed to deposit $1,200 each day, and that’s what you deposit (eat) each day, then you’re set. But, if you make a withdrawal (exercise) of $400, you need to put in your regular $1,200 PLUS the $400 that you pre-spent, so you end up with an even $1200 at the end of the day.
So if you deposited (ate) 936, you need to deposit (eat) 264 more to hit your base number of 1200. However, you withdrew (burned off) 468, so you need to also put those (eat those) back. 468+264=732 calories to return to your 1200 calories. Does that help a little bit?
Post # 4
I love MFP! I mostly use it on my phone. So handy. 🙂
But yes, it’s telling you that you need to eat more. It’s based on all the scientific calculations as to what your body needs. Like @NDBee said, your body will go into starvation mode if you eat a lot less than your target calorie intake (total, not pre-exercise) for the day.
My general rule – listen to the experts. In this case, the app! Obviously unless a real human doctor says differently, lol.
Btw, I read that you burn somewhere around 70 calories per hour(ish) just doing basic body functions – breathing, sitting, etc. That’s why you can’t eat a lot less than your recommended intake because your body NEEDS the energy to function.
Post # 5
Thank you ladies! That does help explain a lot, this whole losing weight for my wedding dress is crappy for My body image 🙁 I’ve been eating healthy and working out but lost 3 lbs in a month and NO change in my waist line measurements oh AND my butt got bigger (which is cool, I like big butts!) but I’m soooo over this already but gotta stick with it!
Post # 6
@Angelz_love: Feel free to add me as a friend on there! (NDBee) I’ve been really bad at keeping up with it after the wedding, but I should really get back. There are a few different MFP threads where you can find other bees looking for friends and encouragement.
Another thing re: seeing changes would be to keep up the gym work (I’ve heard it takes 4 weeks to you to see change, 8 weeks for friends/fam, and 12 for ‘the world’ to notice) so you’ve got time! Pilates is also a good toning exercise, so if you’re into it or haven’t tried it, I suggest checking it out 🙂