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Exercise and Fitness: Questions & Answers

Gina Jackson - Fitness Trainer
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Gina Jackson, who is our resident exercise and fitness expert and who is available to answer all your questions about exercising and fitness. Gina has a private practice and is available for consultation.

Gina answers all your exercise and fitness questions below:

Q: According to the calorie calculator based on my height, age, weight, and activity, I need around 3300 calories to maintain my current weight.

My question is: Do I subtract out calories burned from my workouts or is this 3300 calorie goal including my daily activity.

For example: 3800 calories eaten - 500 calorie workout = 3300 calorie goal


A: The recommended calorie calculator provides your daily energy requirements based on a number of factors - your age, your height, your weight, your gender. This calculator also takes into consideration how much (approximately) exercise you do on a daily basis. You need more calories (energy) each day if you do vigorous exercise compared to someone who is sedentary.

So to answer your question, the recommended calorie calculator takes into consideration your activity levels to provide an estimate for your calorie (energy) intake per day.

If the calorie calculator recommends 3300 calories, this will already incorporate the physical activity you do per day (check the activity levels to find out your approximate level of activity to determine how many calories you need to consume daily).


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