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how many calories should you burn when you work out?

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I just did my first good workout in a while at the gym here at school.  I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike and 10 minutes lifting some weights.  In all I burned 426 calories today.  Is this a good number or should I burn more calories in a workout.  Also, if I am burning this many calories and consuming about 1800-2000 calories a day should I up my calorie intake or should I leave it the same?


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For all it's worth, my tuppence:

There is no "good number" without more information: how old are you, how much do you weigh, how long have you been working out, what are your goals, etc., etc.?

As to how many calories you should consume: if 1,800 calories are your suggested intake without exercise, you will need to add the calories burnt.
Sometimes I burn 500, sometimes I burn close to 1,000. It's really the intensity and the length of time that you are working out that's most important. :) Some of "them" say 30 minutes most days; some say an hour most days of cardio, and then weight training three times per week.
I don't think its a matter of calories but a matter of intensity and what your goals are.  Personally I shoot for 600 a day in calories burnt.  I excercise usually twice a day.  If you want to slim down then cardio is the best way to go.  Shoot for at least 30 minutes in a zone.  This can be anywhere from a low "fat burn" zone or the highest anorobic zone.  You are going to burn more calories the higher your intensity.

If your basic met rate says to eat 2000 calories and you want to lose weight then you need to consume 1500 calories and then you can add what ever excercise calories to that 1500
There is no set amount of calories you should burn.  Do what you feel comfortable.

If 1800 is your current weight loss amount (maintenance calories - deficit), and you are burning 400 of that off at the gym, your current intake is only 1400, making a deficit of 900+.

The best advice I can give is make sure that your deficit at the end of the day is between 500 and 800 calories.  This would be your standard daily burning calories + the calories you burn at the gym (regardless of amount) should be 500-800 higher than the entire amount of calories you eat in a day.

If you are a math person:

Standard Burn + Gym burn > Calorie intake

my weight is  197 i am  5'2 i want to loose weight  i try to take in from  1400- 1800 per day and try to burn about 500 calories per day. so far it has not worked. how can i get the best result?

I only burn about 250-300 calories for a 30 minute workout.

I basically do my own type of workout involving jumping rope, jumping jacks, lunges, squats, etc.

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