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    Question on daily calorie intake
    JulianPa posted:
    so I've been aiming for about 1200 calories a day with the webMD source saying I should eat 1500 a day to loose two pounds a week without much exercise, when the weather is nice I go on a walk that burns about 700 calories and I've noticed that my weight hasn't changed much. There are two scales in my house, one says I've lost 3-7 pounds and the other has said I've lost none. No idea if they are accurate or not but it got me thinking, if I burn 700 calories and only eat 1200 does that mean I'm under eating and should be eating 700 more to get to 1200 daily calories overall? Because I'm thinking since I've lost 700, I've only eaten like 500 calories which is severely under eating as I understand it
    pallzy responded:
    First, how did you calculate your calories burned for walking. I just plugged my weight into the fit-o-meter on this site at 160, walking at a brisk 3.5 mph and one hour burns me 276 calories. So - are you walking for 2 - 3 hours to get that calorie burn?

    You should take into account the net calories - intake minus exercise - when figuring out how many caloris to eat. So, yes, you should add on the the days you get exercise. Just be careful when estimating calories burned so you don't over do it.

    5'11 SW 275/GW 160/CW 164
    JulianPa replied to pallzy's response:
    I walk two hours with a distance of 6-6.5 miles, so I calculated that between 3-4mph I'd burn between 730 to 810 calories give or take, so on days I walk I should eat more to make up the calories I burn?
    Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
    As long as you get enough protein and other nutirents you are okay. You're at a 500 calorie deficit with that condition, and then if other activity during the day puts you at a deficit (say you burn 1300 calories in a day), then you'll lose weight. If you're not losing then you aren't burning more calories than you consume. It's entirely possible to under estimate how many calories you consume. You can go to one of the following sites to figure out how many calories you are consuming and how many you are burning.

    As for your diet, you check out the WebMD diet club
    that is appropriate for you.

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