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cuppycakes570 has a Gold Membership
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Jun 16 at 10:44 AM

counting calories

Maybe this is dumb but I've recently got into counting calories and what not. I'm tryna lose weight and start working out. Now my question is, for example let's say for me to be in a caloric deficit I need to eat 1800- 2000 cals. My plate calculates the workout or whatever that you put in as burned calories and basically subtracts that from your intake for the day saying that 500-800 cals you burned you need to eat again plus whatever else you needed to reach your goal on calories. So do I need to eat 2500 calories with a workout burning 500 to get to 2000. Or do I eat the 2000 cal burning 500 and putting me at 1500 for the day?! This might be obvious but I'm new and wanna make sure I'm not over eating or putting myself in a starving state.

• 2tacos has a Gold Membership
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Jun 16 at 11:51 AM

Welcome!

Net calories should equal your calorie goal daily because the app has a built in deficit based on the weekly weight loss goal you select.

Here are some device specific links to help make using the app easier....

https://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011365-use-livestrongs-myplate-calorie-tracker-app-android/

https://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011166-myplate-calorie-tracker-app-guide

• Jun 16 at 11:58 AM

@taco So if my daily calorie intake is 1693, then that should be the number shown as my net calories as well after I've eaten and done my exercise??

• 2tacos has a Gold Membership
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Jun 17 at 04:44 AM

Yes, that's correct. I would only track exercise and not steps.

• peptan has a Gold Membership
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Jun 24 at 04:09 PM

This is a really good question. For me I eat the desired calories & what ever I use up in exercise, I note but don't usually add extra food. For me watching carbs has been more helpful than straight calories. Not all calories are equal. For example, a half d