NEW Balance Feature: Adding Back Calories Burned with Runtastic Apps
The secret is out: the combination of a healthy, unprocessed, whole-foods diet plus exercise is the “magic solution” to getting in shape and feeling and looking amazing! Have you been tracking your food with the Balance app, meal prepping and exercising to ensure you’re staying on track with your goals? Or perhaps you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the information out there and have no clue how many calories you should be eating? Not to worry – you’ve come to the right place.
How many calories should I eat? I have NO idea…
You don’t have to do the math – let the Balance app do it for you. Whether you are looking to lose weight or gain weight the healthy way, it’s really simple. All you have to do is download the Balance app, enter in a bit of information about yourself, set your goal and you’re ready to rock! Your Balance app will tell you exactly how many calories (including the macronutrient breakdown) you should be consuming to reach your target weight.
Should I eat more when I am working out?
You focus on getting your workouts in and, once again, leave the math to us. When you use your Runtastic apps to track your fitness activities, as of now those calories burned will automatically be added to your daily calorie allowance in the Balance app to be sure you’re getting enough to refuel your muscles.
New feature in the Balance app
Now the calories you burned using other Runtastic apps will be added to the Balance app!
NOTE: Especially for those who want to lose weight, it could be beneficial to not fully compensate for all of the burned calories added to the daily allowance in order to help you achieve your goal. Why? First of all, the mindset of consuming what you burn could put you in a vicious “workout-eat-repeat” cycle. Second of all, your body might not need all the extra calories. How do you know? Monitor your hunger, energy and cravings on a daily basis and decide for yourself exactly how much of the burned calories you want to consume. And of course, keep track of your progress so you can see if what you’re doing is working!
Here’s where your calories burned will show up in the Balance app on iOS and Android.
Quality, quality, quality!
While it’s fine to have a cheat meal here and there, quality food matters. Just because you went for a run and burned 500 calories doesn’t mean you should be consuming an extra 500 calories of cake or greasy fast food. Your body will function at its best and yield the best results if you refuel with foods that are micronutrient dense, packed with lots of fiber, lean protein, unrefined carbohydrates and heart-healthy fats. While you might be hitting your calorie goal each day, take a look at what you are eating and reflect on whether your food is really providing you with adequate energy and keeping cravings at bay.
So what are you waiting for? Start tracking your meals with the Balance app and training with Runtastic apps in order to reach your goals!