(Closed) My Fitness Pal: Remaining Calories?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
7646 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

From what I understand your original 1430 is already a defecit so you should be eating all 1400 or above your calories. I actually don’t log my exercise so I make sure to eat all of my calories. If I am still hungry even after my calorie intake, and I know I’ve exercised, I won’t be scared to eat a healthy snack.

Post # 4
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well the first question is have you been losing weight?

If not, are you sure that your calorie burn is accurate? What is your height and weight? 605 calories in 45 minutes a lot! Granted I’m 105 pounds so I don’t burn nearly as much as some people, but even in an intense spin class where I’m dripping buckets for an hour, I probably only burn around 450. 

Post # 6
9679 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Technically the amount they’re giving you is including the deficit, but I personally wouldn’t trust a website for accurate calorie counting. Get a heart monitor or something if you want to be more accurate.

Post # 8
1037 posts
Bumble bee

Spending $100 for a heart rate monitor (HRM) was the BEST thing I’ve done. I’m on MFP too, and figuring out my calories burned during a workout was always a pain. The elliptical said I burned 320 calories, but it turns out: I was burning 410 calories! Whoa, big difference! I bought the Polar FT40 HRM, it’s wonderful. Easy to use, too!


As far as eating back your exercise calories, I personally don’t. There are numerous topics on the MFP forums about whether or not to eat-back your calories; some people say yes, some people say no. I know that for me, if I want to lose a whole 2 lbs a week, I cannot allow myself to eat back my workout calories. But if I’m TRULY hungry, i’ll let myself eat back half of them, or just a snack (so maybe a quarter of them). You just have to see what works for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

+1 on everyone saying shell out 60-100 bucks for a Heart Rate Monitor. 


When I’m going at my max – my “I am gasping for breath, I don’t think I can pick my body up one more time, I think I’m going to puke, this 10 pound weight feels like 100” I burn around 400-450 calories in 45 minutes. MFP either grossly underestimates my calories or grossly overestimates them, so having a HRM to accurately record my burn has been awesome. 

Post # 10
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I usually don’t eat back the calories that I gain from exercise and just shoot for 1400 calories consumed. So I usually have a few hundred calories left, but I’m not really hungry so I don’t eat them. I’ve been losing a pound a week or more by doing so and am down 16lbs in a couple months. 

Post # 12
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Treejewel19:  If you’re really going all-out and weigh at least 140, I’ll buy the 605 calories in 45 min ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Treejewel19:  Definitely get one that is elastic and not plastic most of the way around. I have one that’s about half firm plastic and it’s so uncomfortable so I never wear it! 

Post # 15
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

LadyMoriarty +1!!!

i have a heart rate monitor, polar ft4 and its the best thing i could’ve done, its very accurate and i know for sure what im burning =]

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