Adjusting calories after adding in exercises
Hey everyone. Today I am within single digits of being on the money with my carb, fat, protein and calorie targets. Then I enter in my workout and it shows that I now have 100's more calories left. There is no change to my targeted macro numbers so if I were to eat those additional calories from adding the workout, my macro count would be well above my daily targets.
I'm guessing this is an internal adjustment within the app but if it's going to show I need more calories to hit my daily target (adjusted for the workout) then why does it not adjust the macro targets?
Or am I wrong in my guess?
If you want, you can go to settings and turn off the auto-update for deducting calories after exercise (Settings, Settings, Deduct Calories When I Exercise). Likewise, you can turn on deducting macros for exercise (same location).
That said, there’s no reason to eat more calories just to make your targets as they’re not targets at all. Think of carbs as a limit not to be exceeded. Proteins are a ballpark goal based on sustaining the ‘new you’ once you’ve achieved your health goals, and fat is how much fuel you need to maintain healthy activity. In particular, you can go short on your fats when you’re starting - especially if you have an abundance of stored body fat - but as you burn it off you’ll need to pay a little more attention to your fat macro.
Calories are just about irrelevant and most useful when planning: don’t want to plan a 5,000 calorie day, eh? Once the day starts, don’t worry about them.
Last, there’s no need to eat every meal every day, nor should you feel the need to finish every meal. If you’re not hungry at breakfast for example, then skip it and move on. Eat only when you’re hungry and forget about cleaning your plate.
If you’re interested, there are a few good books out there that explain further: ‘The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living’ or ‘The Diabetes Code’ or ‘The Obesity Code’.
I hope this helps and good luck.