I'm 5'9 and 160lbs. I work out 5x a week doing a combination of weight training and cardio. Goal weight, 147.
I always hear 'dont eat back your exercise calories' or 'eat 500 calories less that you would if your were maintaining'. Well, which one is it?
To maintain my currect weight I would need to consume 1900 per day (this is with NO exercise). So, do I eat the 500 less and consume only 1400 per day?
What happenes when I work out? (Each workout averages around 800 calories burned.) So now im up to 2700 calories a day.... do I eat 500 less than that?
How the heck am I supposed to know how many calories I should be eating and should I or should I not eat back my exercise calories??