Eating back calories burned during cardio
If you are looking to lose fat, the cardio we have prescribed will be factored in to your weekly calorie deficit. So, don’t eat back the calories burned during cardio.
If you’re using MyFitnessPal as your tracking app for both training and nutrition then you’ll see that when you add in exercise, it will automatically add extra calories to your day.
This makes no sense to us unless you are looking to maintain your weight.
By all means use the MyFitnessPal exercise calculator to calculate your calorie burn but don’t actually track it on MyFitnessPal, track it on your spreadsheet.
The only instances we might discuss eating back calories burned during cardio with you is:
- If you’ve burned an extreme amount of calories, way above and beyond the ‘norm’, which will put you in a significantly larger than intended deficit.
- If you’re in a maintenance / gaining phase and your cardio puts you in a deficit (which isn’t the goal!)