Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: East Jordan, MI
Bikes: Trek FX 7.3
Calorie Intake/Burn Question
I've read a lot about not overdoing the difference between the calories you burn and the calories you take in. Suggestions seem to range between a difference of 400 and 1,000 calories. According to the websites that calculate my normal calorie burn, at 266 lbs., I'm burning 3,350 calories just existing. Today I rode 50K and hauled wood. The calculators have me down for burning 4,800 calories with those activities. Maybe because I'm a vegetarian, but I've had a hard time today eating more than 2,500 calories today. I's 8:00 P.M. and I still feel stuffed from my 6:30 dinner. I really don't care to eat any more today.
So, That's a difference of 2,300 calories. Am I figuring something wrong, or, on days I exercise a lot, like today, is it OK to have that big of a difference. Any day I ride, I'm at least 1,500 calories difference. I'm told that's not healthy, but I don't think I should be eating when I'm not hungry.