calorie counting and excersise help

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  1. becki4

    becki4 Member

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    Hi, i know this has probably been asked so many times before, ive been researching online and everything is giving me different answers
    can anyone help:

    I am female, 25 years old, weigh 192 lbs - i have about 3 stone to lose

    I sit at a desk job 8 hours a day & drive 3 hours a day so hardly any movement. 5 times a week

    From today I am going to the gym 4 times a week for an hour so will aim to burn 500 calories a session,

    im joined to nutracheck and they have a calorie counting system, im not sure these charts correct ??

    i have changed my leisure status to moderately active it says to burn 1475 calories a day and try to burn 200 a day to loose 2lb a week,

    Now that i will be going to the gym 4 times min a week, I'm guessing the 1475 calories wont be enough on days i exercise? so will i be more aiming for 1600-1700 ?

    if im eating 1475-1500 approx - 500 cals excersise = 975-1000 net cals - which is lower than 1200 which is unhealthy

    has anyone got any advice

    I don't want to end up eating to much than i should or too little so my body goes into starvation

    Thanks in advance :)
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  3. cateka

    cateka Full Member

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    Um... I'm not an expert on these things, but I find it difficult to burn just 400 calories in an hour at the gym - I think it would take a very intensive activity such as running (6mph) or doing a cycling class at your local gym, but even those classes are normally only 45 minutes because its meant to be a 'burst' of activity so is extremely fast and intensive.
    I never know what to reccomend for exercise programmes, I say just do what you can. Overworking yourself will damage your stamina and you'll lose your motivation (plus if you hurt yourself thats a week of exercise or so lost).
    I found that comparing the calories I ate with those I burned at the gym is really counter-productive because I really began to 'starve' myself (cancelling out the calories I ate with exercise) and then my muscles started buggering up so I couldn't exercise at all. Also, recording calories makes you lazy because you focus on that instead of setting fitness goals which will help you more in the long term.
    Seek out fitness, not calories, is my best advice :)
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