Ask An Expert: Paul, I Need Help Balancing Calories!
Q: Paul, I am a 22-year-old male who weighs 204 pounds and is having trouble with caloric intake versus caloric expenditure. I have a watch that is telling me I am burning between 1000 and 2000 calories when I workout, but I find that I am still gaining weight. I eat about 1600 calories of clean healthy food but I still gain weight. Is there a chance that my body is going into starvation mode? What do I need to be eating to continue this level of activity?
A: The fact that you only eating 1600 calories a day is a problem. For a male doing that much activity you need to be eating at least 2400 calories a day. If you are really doing that much activity and eating so little but you're not losing weight then something is wrong with your metabolism and I would advise that you go to the doctor and get your thyroid checked.
I would also question the number of calories that you will burn in in a workout, it's very unlikely that you are expending more than 1000 calories in a typical workout unless you are going for more than 2 hours. I would question the calories that your watch is saying that you are expending, as many machines often over estimate the number of calories burned (this includes treadmills, elliptical trainers, etc.).
Written by: Paul Plakas, fitness expert on the show: X-Weighted
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