# Questions tagged [calories]

Calories is an energy measurement of the amount of energy obtained from food that is available through cellular respiration.

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### I dont want to gain weight, how do cheat days work?

You need 3500 calories above maintence per week to gain one pound of body fat, so if I eat 1500 calories above my maintance I won't gain fat like that. I dont want to gain weight, but I always had, ...
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### Is this approach to weight loss fine?

I am trying to get lean, but I cannot track my macronutrients. So instead, to induce a caloric deficit, I'm simply just eating less and eating nutrient-dense healthy foods, prioritizing protein-rich ...
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### Derive the MET equation for caloric expenditure estimate

A Metabolic Equivalent of Task (METs) is: 1 MET := Consumption of 3.5 mL_O2/kg/min ~= 1 kcal/kg/hr Most online calculators that use MET to estimate caloric burn use: Eq. 1) Cal_kcal = Duration_min * (...
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### Macros and calories for a cut

I've been on an extended bulk for almost 2 years now. I used to be very skinny, just over 70kg at a height of 6'2, I'm now about 88kg. My body fat percentage isn't massive, about 12-13% but after my ...
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### How to improve natural protein consumption?

I workout for bodybuilding purposes and due to my height, size and intense workout routine I aim to get 180-200g protein per day and 3800-4000cal total to efficiently build muscle. I try and eat ...
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### How to reduce body fat if we increase the caloric intake

So I'm a 24 M working IT I weigh at 66 Kg , my maintenance calories are 2500 but the thing is before I thought of starting to workout I used to consume around 1200 calories in a day and I didn't used ...
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### How much should I eat, and how does food composition relate to calories?

I'm a novice when it comes to working out. I want to build muscle, but also work on my stamina. So, I'm not doing exclusively strength training, but trying to stick to a well rounded combination of ...
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### Losing the last 2-3kg and maintaining strength

I've been dieting for a few months now, and progress has been quick: from 73kg to 55kg today since late August. I've been lifting heavy and managing using a lower kcal diet, however, as I approach my ...
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### Does exercising with clothes to sweat more help you burn more calories?

I keep hearing people exercise with clothing that makes you warmer and therefor make you sweat more. However, I have also heard that this only dehydrates you and is not necessarily tight to burning ...
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### How do calories work?

I read that a Bodypump session consumes about 600 cal. On the other hand, a human consumes 1800 kcal in a day. This means that a Bodypump session is only 0.00033% of the total daily calorie ...
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### Running without calorie deficit

Is running beneficial if I cannot achieve a calorie deficit, meaning my calorie intake minus burn remains the same? I have a difficult time being hungry. My current workout regimen is running 3 mi 3x ...
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### Protein is 4 kilocalories per gram. Does this value account for the thermic effect of food? [closed]

I have read that protein is actually 5 kcal/gram, and with the thermic effect of food, it becomes 4 kcal/gram. But I have also read that protein is 4 kcal/gram, and with the thermic effect of food, it ...
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### Skinny fat : Caloric deficit and/or cardio?

I'm a skinny fat and I'm a little bit confused about the need of cardio. From my understanding, calorie deficit will make my body consume more energy. On the other hand, in some videos, they say that ...
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### When I burn off a very large number of calories, where does the weight go?

Let's say I ride my bike for 20 hours non-stop with no (significant) breaks, burning 650 kcal/hour. My basal metabolic rate is perhaps 3,000 kcal/day, making a total of 16,000 kcal expended over the ...
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### Eating back burned calories?

As a skinny fat, I set my daily calories intake to 2000 calories to lose some fat which is minus 200 compared to my normal intake. If I go to the gym, should I eat back the burned calories ? In other ...
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### How to transition from a bulk to a cut?

I have a quick question and it mainly revolves around the macros for transitioning from a bulk to a cut. So when someone reaches their desired weight / goal from a bulk and they decide to cut to take ...
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### How "efficient" can someone be at doing cardio?

It's a common belief that doing cardio for weightloss loses its efficacy over time because that person becomes "efficient" at doing the cardio. As in, the cardio you do burns less over time ...
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### Does the often you exercise, the higher calorie intake need to gain weight and muscles? [duplicate]

I'm a hardgainer and my genetics makes me skinny. I want to get bulk and have muscle but the being a poor young asian guy hinders me to eat good foods. I cant afford mass gainers nor whey protein, I ...
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### Opinions on my Workout/Diet plan

I started "Operation Christmas" last week. After losing 10-15 kg (down to 80kg) over the last few months with running 3 times a week, I now want to build some muscle, obviously without ...
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### Accurate weight scale to the gram

I am interested in getting a very reliable and accurate weight scale that is accurate to the gram. Not interested in any smart scale etc. Googling I see some "smart" options and the non-...
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### What is the relationship between exercise effort, watts, speed, and calories burned?

This is a tough question to categorize because it involves fitness, physics, math, physiology, and probably more disciplines. But, it's being asked in the context of Fitness so I believe this is the ...
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### Why did fitness apps seem to misrepresent calories burned between a bicycle ride and hike workout?

I've been an avid fitness practitioner for about 14 years now. For the last 7 ish years, I've run 3-4 times per week and up until a recent injury, I was running for an hour at a time, usually about 7-...
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### Why calories table for 100g doesn't sum 100? [closed]

I'm checking the calories for muesli for 100g: Calories : 374 Kcal protein: 7.5g carbohydrate: 61.5g fat: 5.3g When I sum those 3, I get: 74.3% What is the other 25.7 %
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### Best frequency of workout schedule

I was wondering if there's a considerable impact towards calorie burning and weight reduction if you workout twice a day rather than pushing yourself and completing your workout schedule at one go. E....
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### Re-gaining strength at calorie maintenance

So from 2013-2017 or so I ate a lot of food and did strength training. I got a lot stronger and bigger. I did not count my calories. I'll call this point A. Then I got a DEXA scan, saw that I was 19% ...
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### How to burn 1000 calories doing push ups

Title says it all. Considerations: I used to do cardio, burning between 1000 to 1500 kilocalories in one session 1 hour to 1.5 hours, which is deemed beginner to intermediate for endurance training ...
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### Do all the calories affect the weight gain in a same way? [closed]

Usually, the amount of food person needs to eat to stay in the same shape is measured in calories : i.e if one consumes less - he loses the weight, and in the opposite situation - there is a weight ...
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### Calories and Specific Excercise Training

I have a particular exercise regiment that I currently trying out, and I would like to learn from someone else's thoughts about the number of calories I should ingest, and how much I burning in each ...
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### Do the calorie counters on exercise machines subtract resting calorie burn rate?

Let's say for the sake of the argument that a person would burn 100 calories per hour sitting on a chair. That person does an hour of exercise on a machine at the gym and the display states that 600 ...
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### How to use METS to estimate additional caloric expenditure and weekly recommendations

I have a question regarding metabolic equivalents for exercises (METS) that I've been unable to google an answer to. It seems that it's either so incredibly obvious that it doesn't make sense to ask ...
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### Calories burnt while rope jumping?

How many calories are burnt during a rope jumping exercise? How can we calculate the amount of calories burnt? I am performing 100 rope skips in around 7-8 minutes and doing 1000 rope skips in total.
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### How do you interpret the provided calories over food packages?

I have started to track the calories which I receive in each meal. I have chicken filet which you can find an image of it below. It claims in each 100g of it, there is only 22g protein and 3g salt, 5g ...
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### When should someone with skinny physique buy mass-gain powder?

My goal is to gain weight and muscle. I'm currently 55 kgs, 5"4. My workout routine consists of pushups, triceps dips, curls with a resistance band, and squats. I am looking at some mass gainer ...
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### Why does my fitness watch show calories whereas calories on food packages are in kilo calories?

I am trying to track the calories which I burn during my exercises using wearable fitness tracker watch (Gear Fit2 Pro), but I am pretty confused by the amount of calories which the watch shows me. ...
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### Deriving TDEE from calorie intake and weight changes over time

I have historical data for my own calorie intake and weight over the past few years. I'd like to calculate my TDEE from this data. Can anyone point me towards an appropriate mathematical model? ...
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### Calories burned working out Vs cardio?

I recently got a home multi gym but my main goal is to lose fat then work on muscle, so I tend to prioritise cardio and only do weights of I have extra time. Which generally means it doesn't get used! ...
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### How do I calculate the calories and proteins intake given these parameters?

I know it depends on many parameters, and it's subjective. I'm asking for an approximation, I don't need exact values. My goal is to get "bigger", to gain muscles weight. I'm 1.85m. 75.3 Kgs. Due ...
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### How many calories does the human body naturally burn per day?

Our body is constantly building, repairing and regulating cells, whether we exercise or not. So our bodies are taking care of itself. I'm a male, 5'6 tall and I weigh 74 KGs, I have a desk job, but I ...
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### Should I include refeeding after 48h fasts while in maintenance phase?

I've been training in the gym for several years and decided to go on a longer maintenance phase, as I am really happy with my current body composition. I've been in maintenance for over half a year by ...
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### How does being in a calorie surplus prevent muscle breakdown?

From my knowledge, being in a calorie deficit causes more muscle breakdown because your body requires protein which it gets from the muscle. However, being in a calorie surplus regardless of how much ...
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### If one is in caloric deficit to lose fat, how will this affect one's muscle building?

I understand to build muscle you need to be in caloric surplus or at least maintenance level, so I'm wondering - assuming I'm getting 1g of protein per lb of body weight - will muscle just build a lot ...
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### Does the source of excess calories affect the nutritional quality of the body's fat stores? [closed]

I've just eaten 3500 calories over maintenance (and for simplicity's sake, I don't excersice so none of this will go to muscle mass). Now I will gain one pound of fat. But let's consider two different ...
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### Accuracy of calorie measurements

When I use a Concept2 indoor rower, I also start a Workout on my Apple Watch. Both devices have a heart rate monitor, and both are measuring my calories. Yet there is a wide difference between the ...
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### High intensity with/without breaks

Say I am following a workout routine with approximately 20high intensity exercises (some probably what you define as HIIT and some a bit lower intensity, but still decently high intensity), lasting ...
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### What is the flat ground distance equivalent of 500 metres running uphill with an incline of 10%?

To explain the question: I ran 500 meters uphill. This costs energy, which can be measured in Joules etc. My question is: how far should I run on flat ground to expend the same amount of energy?
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### Is caloric surplus necessary to gain muscle

My body fat is about 21.5% and my aim is to gain lean muscle. I have started performing body weight exercises since the past 3-4 months and am making good progress with strength training (intensity at ...
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### Are many short trainings per day on elliptical training machine somehow effective?

I work at home and I bought an elliptical training machine. So I can train as many times per day as I want. It would be comfortable for me to work for about 30 minutes and then make 5 minutes break ...
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### Which gym is ideal? A gym with warm temperature or a cooler one

It's been about more than a month that I have been going to a gym to lose some weight and build some strength. In general, we have AC in a gym, but in my gym they don't have AC and no ceiling fan, ...
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