Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recap and Net Calories Pondering

Yesterday in recap:

Calories in: 2,062
Calories burned with exercise: 667
Couch to 5k Week 1 Day 1: Success!
Strength Training: Success!

For dinner I made zucchini turkey meatloaf balls!  As funny as they sound, they were YUMMY!  Here's a photo of my dinner plate from last night. I ate 2 of the meatloaf balls and all the potatoes and veggie salad (434 Calories!)

Jonas judges my dinners ala Iron Chef.  I got full points for plating and taste.  He knocked me on originality because I didn't have zucchini in the potatoes but they were in the other two dishes!  HAHAHA!

Something I noticed is that after I got off the train, on the way to pick up Jonas, I was hungry. I had 2 100 calorie snack packs at my mom's house as I was waiting to get Jonas, claiming they would be my pre-run fuel as we were having dinner after. It made me realize, on days we go running before dinner I'm going to need to plan a healthy fueling snack to have. Maybe leave it in the car to snack on while I drive to my mom's so that I'm not tempted by whatever she might have in the house? I will try that tomorrow and see if it helps.

I've been pondering for a while, do you eat back the calories you burn while doing exercise? I've read things that said something like if you burn more than 500, eat half of that.  I've read others that say to use what you burn as negative calories and eat until your goal, that exercising gives you more calories in the day.  And other places that say, don't eat any of them back.  What rules do others follow?

Today's workout goal is some cross training cardio.  Due to a late start this morning and getting in late to work, working out during lunch won't be happening... instead I'm going to do the new Tae Bo video when I get home, followed by some Just Dance with the boys.

Jonas is making dinner tonight!  Tri-Color Bow Tie Pasta, Chicken with Pesto and a salad.


Project180 said...

Not sure the correct answer, but have you noticed that MyFitnessPal adds the calories from exercise into your "remain calories" for the day. According to them, it's a bonus that you should eat.

I never have looked at it that way and can't say I ever will. I have alway set my calorie limits, regardless of activity. Then I exercise to burn off all my calories.

It's an interesting guestion that I must find the correct answer to.

♥ Trisha ♥ said...

I don't know if there is a correct answer. I think it depends on the person and what their goals are. :)