Based on this calculator, I should be ingesting about 2200 calories a day. (My goal is fat loss.) http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm# I workout 4 days a week, 2 days on - 1 day off - 2 on - 2 off. On those 4 days, I am doing cardio on the bike for an hour before breakfast. In the evenings, I'm in the gym for 60-90 minutes. In addition to this, I am doing work around the house (unemployed at the moment). Right now I'm doing some landscaping which requires me to dig up dirt and move it to other parts of the yard. I'm doing this for a few hours a day and I'm sure I'm buring calories there. My question is, do I need to ingest additional calories to make up for this so that I prevent my body from going into starvation mode? I'll just use easy numbers in this example: If I ingest 2000 calories, but burn off 1000 calories, my net intake is 1000 calories. 1000 is obviously too low.