Today we started a new workout program and today I've dedicated myself to a much more strict eating policy. I'm trying to make sure and eat clean and get the calorie intake correct to lose weight. So what I found out was that for my weight my matience calories for the day are 2500+ calories and from what I've read I want to do a calorie deficit of 500 or so calories in order to lose weight. I went to myfitnesspal.com to track my calories and what I found once I put my exercise in for the day is that it told me I earned an additional 1000 calories for the day. So I started to try and add some food into there that would account for the additional calories and the website told me that if I kept with this meal plan, on a daily basis, along with the exercise I'd lose about 18 pounds in the next 5 weeks, give or take. So after all that long winded explanation what I need to know is am I supposed to eat the additional calories or am I supposed to stay strictly to the calorie intake of around 2000 calories prior to the exercise? I don't want to eat the additional calories if this is going to be wrong. I realise this will likely be a common sense thing to the folks who work out on a regular basis and are in great shape, and I probably sound really stupid for even asking it, but I want to be certain here. Thanks for the answers folks.