The total amount of calories that you eat is the total amount of calories that you eat. The total amount of calories that you burn is the total amount of calories that you burn. Most people burn far more calories being alive and doing repairs on the cellular level than they do through exercise. Calories eaten less calories burned is what, on average, determines what your weight does. Eat more calories than you burn and you create a surplus and gain weight. Eat the same amount of calories that you burn and your weight stays the same. Eat fewer calories than you burn and you create a deficit and lose weight.
Subtracting your calories burned from your calories eaten gets you a pretty random number. With regard to your total calorie burn it is like subtracting out the time it takes you to get from your car to the office when figuring out how long it takes from your front door to your desk at work. Most bosses don't care that you made the parking lot before your shift started if you aren't where you need to be and ready to go.
With regards to minimum calories, those are nutrient minimums. 1200 for women and 1500 for men are about the lowest amount of calories that you can eat and cover all of the nutrients your body needs. It is possible to get all of the nutrients your body needs in fewer calories, but it usually requires working with a Registered Dietitian and eating some kinda strange combinations of food. 1200/1500 is where you can probably do it without having to pay too much attention to it. Exercise burns calories but doesn't really change the amount of nutrients that you need.
If you want to know more about your BMR (base metabolic rate -ie where most of your calorie burn comes from) www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art icles.asp?id=1940 will walk you through. You can also do the math at your goal weight and see how the numbers change. You can also figure out your calories burned with and without exercise and see how that pans out. In general, small exercise calories burned, particularly when you have thirty or forty plus pounds to lose, don't need to be eaten back. If you need the extra calories to make it through, have them , but eating them back isn't as important. As you lose weight and get into those last thirty or forty pounds or as you increase the intensity or duration of your exercise, that is when you need to start eating back the calories to fuel your workouts. Someone maintaining at 1800 calories who burns 200 calories through exercise would need to eat back the 200 calories in order to maintain their weight (at maintenance you want in and out to be equal). Someone losing at 1500 calories could skip eating back the 200 calories or eat part of them back if they felt they needed the fuel.
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I don't but I know many do. I just set myself a range to be in every day and stay within that range. Like every day I aim to be between 1500-1700 calories whether I workout or not. If I workout hard I may go up to 1750 but I don't do all the subtraction math.
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Hi everyone! This is probably a dumb question, but I'm going to ask it anyway - lol! Do you subtract the calories burned (as shown on the fitness tracker) from the calories eaten daily? For example, if I ate 1,300 calories and exercised enough to burn 100 calories, does that bring my daily calorie total down to 1,200?