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Calorie Requirements

Question: When calculating calorie requirements, where do burned calories fit in? As in: if I needed, say, 1500 calories per day to maintain my weight, but in my daily activities burned 500. Do I then need to eat 500 more calories? Or is input unrelated to output in this case?

Answer: No, you don't need to eat an extra 500 calories. What you should do is maybe eat 200 to 250 calories more to give yourself a buffer zone, because you won't burn 500 extra calories everyday and some days you may burn more. This way every day will be a give and take. If you ate the full 500 calories extra everyday (and depending on how much of that 500 calories was carbohydrates) you run the risk of gaining weight.

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