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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

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Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

Should I adjust my calorie intake or change things?

Hi I'm new too all this. I've been told to stick to 1515 calories per day and burn off 200 calories on top to make a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week... The question is, I am probably burning around 850-1000 calories about 4-5 times a week - will this cause any problems? Am I taking enough food in? Should I do anything different? Thanks for your help in advance

A.

Our expert says...

Hi, 

If the calorie figure you are burning is through exercise, than obviously you will be far exceeding the suggested deficit for your weight loss goal. This is not necessarily a problem though and you could slightly increase your calorie intake on these days to eat some of these spare calories 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 listen to your body, 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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