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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

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Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

Can I eat my extra calories burned from exercise?

Hi, I am a newbee. If I exceed my exercise target does that mean I can increase my calorie intake? I do want to lose weight but find myself hungry if I do more exercise. Thank you

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

If you exceed your exercise target then in theory you do have calories burned to spare, which yes, you could eat if you feel you needed to due to feeling hungry or lethargic.

HOWEVER, if you are able to still stick to your calorie target without suffering excessive hunger than I would urge you to not purposely eat any extra calories burned as the calorie counting process is always an approximate calculation process so spare calories burned is useful to optimising accuracy and ensuring weight loss. Make sure you consume good quality nutrition and achieve adequate hydration levels as this will ensure you recover from your exercise and minimise the likelihood of hunger.

Hope this helps,

Kelly

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