I was going to post this under the "lose it" thread, but I'm sure people who don't use "lose it" would have some good advice, so I thought I'd just start a new thread.
When you set your calorie budget for the day, do you stick to it regardless of activity or do you vary it accordingly?
For example: 1600 calories + no exercise = 1600 net calories.
BUT...1600 calories - 300 cals burned excercising = 1600 calories total, but only 1300 cals "net."
The lose it app does show your total calorie intake, but only "counts" your net calories toward your daily budget.
How to you guys account for excersice calories? Just "ignore" the excercise and consider it part of your daily activty or do you allow yourself extra calories on exercise days? I know my exercise isn't all that intense right now (slowly building up my fitness level), but as I get more active, I would imagine that it might be unhealthy/dangerous to not account for calories burned and risk going below the minimum needed to maintain good health.
I know you could just enter your activity level as "moderately active" or something when figuring average calories burned (which would allow for a larger daily budget to begin with), but that would only be useful if you exercise at the same level every day.
Currently, I consider myself "sedentary" as I have a desk job and don't do anything overly physical in my day-to-day activities. Instead, I just add any "extra" exercise as it happens (currently 5-6 days a week.)
Thanks for any insight. It's always nice to hear how other people do things.