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Have I failed already?!
09 May 2013, 08:39
I'm on my second fast, and just totted up my planned meals on MyFitnessPal. I'm totalling 650 (I'm a laydee so was aiming for 500), but when the system subtracts my planned exercise today my net is 285 cals.

Is this cheating?! Does exercise cancel it out? Or do I have to ditch tonight's steak :-(

N.B I do want to lose half a stone, but I'm also doing this to improve IBS/brain function
Re: Have I failed already?!
09 May 2013, 08:42
Your exercise calories dont count on a fast day, sorry.

But if you haven't eaten all thsoe meals yet, there's still time to make changes. What was making up teh 650?
Re: Have I failed already?!
09 May 2013, 08:54
Ditto Melanie.

I find saving all my calories for one meal makes that meal so much more satisfying. If you must have more than one meal, you need to try and make those other meals really low in calories if you want something like steak for dinner I'm afraid!
Re: Have I failed already?!
09 May 2013, 09:03
Katastrofee wrote: when the system subtracts my planned exercise today my net is 285 cals.

Is this cheating?! Does exercise cancel it out?


You need to average out your exercise over the week to find out if 500 kcal is more or less than your TDEE. So yes, exercise does count, but not as much as you had hoped.

Say you burn 365 kcal by exercising once a week, that's approximately 52 kcal a day you can add to the sedentary TDEE in your progress tracker, which gives you 13 kcal more for you to eat on your fast day.

I find it much easier to try to eat to my sedentary TDEE on feed days and aim for 500 kcal on fast days, and hope it all evens out.
Re: Have I failed already?!
09 May 2013, 09:05
Oh dear. It's the steak that tipped the balance, so I'll have to half it.

I can't go without breakfast/lunch as my levels dip too much and make me feel anxious, but I'll plan better next time. Probably didn't need two milky coffees!

On the plus side, leftover steak for breakfast tomorrow :-)
Re: Have I failed already?!
09 May 2013, 09:06
Hi Katastrofee and welcome. There is no fail on this WOL but you'll just slow weight loss down! As MelanieCheeks says - exercise doesn't count on a fast day - so maybe cut that steak in half ! Good luck with 5:2 :clover:
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