Accounting for training calories


#1

I have been counting macros (calories) and I am wondering how to account for the calories used during my rides. In other words, when I total up my macros I hit about 2260 calories. If I use 1500 calories on a ride, how should I account for this difference in calories? Should I add calories to offset the exercise or just keep the 2260?

Thanks and as always, thank you for the podcast!


#2

Trying to precisely match calories in with calories out when doing volume is very difficult. Historically I’ve overeaten if I try to eat back my calories based on work done. Team SKY can do it, so it’s not impossible, but it’s a tough road to hoe.


#3

I generally just ignore exercise calories. This allows some flexibility in my daily meal plans. I find figuring out my daily calorie allowance and then the corresponding meals to make it up really rigid and hard to stick to. If I know I have 500-1,000 calories up my sleeve from workouts, a small snack of something I feel like doesn’t break my plan or bring on a wave of guilt.