I am going to exercise off all the calories I ate.

WRONG!!!!! The foods we eat give our bodies the energy it needs to survive. Yep. Food is fuel. Everything in our body needs energy in order to function. That means breathing, pumping blood through the body, and even our digestive system. This all takes calories. This is called your basal metabolic rate or BMR. It is important to remember that when you are calculating how many calories in a day, you are taking in consideration the amount your body uses for just existing. This may not seem like a lot, but a person's BMR accounts for 50-70% of your body's total calorie expenditure.

If you look at the graph for this post, you will see that the NREE, which is the non-resting energy expenditure accounts for a small percentage of the calories burned. This includes the smaller percentage of exercise which is the EAT section of the graph. EAT stands for Exercise activity thermogenics. Also known as gym time.

Here is an example. A 30 year old woman with 20% body fat will have a BMR of about 1450 calories. Then when you add in all of the basic daily activity of around 250 calories and the 250 calories burned during her exercise routine. Her maintenance calories are 2,000 calories a day. Now depending on her goals we would use this number as her base line.

What all of this means is it would be unhealthy and even nearly impossible to try and exercise off all the food you eat. What you put in your body, how you move your body, and how you rest is all important when working towards a healthy life style. There needs to be a balance. All body's need healthy amount of movement and a healthy amount of foods.

The great thing is about all of this is, every one is different. No 2 people have the same BMR or EAT. This means that what the Instagram influencer does, will not work for you. If you are interested in learning more about what works for you check out my programs to get started today!

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