The reason that your range is staying at the 1200-1550 even with your exercise may be because you've chosen an aggressive goal of 2lbs per week. If you changed out your "end date" to allow for 1-1/2lbs per week, then your range would likely go up (I would guess to around the 1410-1760 area, based on a rough guesstimate of your age and height).
You might want to go in to your goals and make sure that the end date works for you, and also re-enter your fitness goals with your assessment of how many calories you burn each week in your workouts. Once you've saved these, you may find that your calorie range goes up, especially if you set your end date a bit further out.
The 1200-1550 range is the lowest that Spark allows, so if their calculation would have you lower than that, based on your goal and your fitness burns, then it will still put you at this range. You may have to do a huge increase in calories burned in order to change this, if you prefer to keep the most aggressive goal of 2lbs per week.
Hope this helps!
5/24/13 10:25 A
Muscle does not weigh more than fat, muscle takes up less space than fat. One pound of muscle is the same weight as 1 pound of fat, however, you need a smaller "container" for the muscle because it is less voluminous.
Edited by: SIMONEKP at: 5/24/2013 (10:26)
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5/24/13 8:30 A
I just went to a nutritionist this week. I was initially eating only 1000-1200 calories per day and exercising but I only lost 5 lbs in two months. My nutritionist told me I need to eat at least 1300, but preferably 1500, calories each day in order to lose weight. So starting on Tuesday, I've been eating at least 1300 calories, but not more than 1500 calories. I feel so much better, more energy, better sleep.
I am skeptical, but based on SP message boards and my nutritionist, I decided to up my calories, take my vitamins, keep exercising and see how I do in 3 weeks when I go for my follow up visit.
5/24/13 7:08 A
I was looking at the plan and wondering...I am burning close to 500 calories daily but my calorie intake is set for 1200-1500 and it doesn't change with what you workout...it surprised me! I don't think it's enough! Thanks for posting this, I guess I am not alone!
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5/22/13 9:21 A
I was having a problem with staying the same weight for a few weeks in a row. Then after asking some people's advice here, I found that I was doing a lot of exercising and not eating enough to compensate for that. Are you doing a lot of exercising? If so, you may not have been eating enough calories for your body to function and lost weight at the same time. Good luck!
5/22/13 9:18 A
Muscle weighs more than fat...
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64,422 5/22/13 4:12 A
Make sure you calorie burn is set up as this relates to how many you can intake everyday. If you burn more you may need to eat more.
I started on 1500 to 1800 but now it is up to 1850 to 2220 (I think) but I exercise a lot.
I do find when it is cold I need to eat more but have to be careful
Use the tools Sparkpeople offers to figure out your BMR. I believe that's under the Goals section of your profile. Knowing about how many calories your body needs just to function each day helps you find the best calorie range. Since I'm a larger person, my BMR is about 2400, with a small goal of 1 lb a week Spark recommends I eat about 1600 to 1900 a day and burn about 600 a week. All that combined results in about a 3500 calorie deficit (loss) per week.
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5/21/13 8:18 P
I believe you should find your range in cal.'s only because some days you do more then others. This way if you are in a straight 1500 cal diet, and I went over 1500 I would beat myself up very hard... and just give up. Allowing your body to consume what you burned depends what you do everyday.... I wish someone would of told me this because it's taken me a long time to expect this new concept.
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771 5/21/13 5:04 P
My calorie range is 1200-1550. I have found that if I go into the 1500 range everyday, I gain weight. So I hover between 1200-1400, with maybe 1 day into the 1500's and one day lower than 1200. It works for me!
I can't imagine eating only 1200 calories per day... I would be grumpy all of the time! If 1500 calories satisfies you and you are still losing weight on that amount, stick with it. You want a plan that's sustainable, and if 1200 makes you feel like crap at the end of the day, 1500 is the better amount for you.
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4,821 5/18/13 11:53 A
I'm not sure what "plan" you are referring to....
When set up correctly, Spark gives a calorie range based on several factors: weight, height, goal, time to goal and exercise.... My current range is 1290-1640. While I try to stay within that range, I certainly don't aim for the exact same calories each day!
Some of the expert posters here do advise that you be sure to eat enough or your body wont' lose really. And 1200 is the bare amount of calories likely to give you decent nutrition. So eating closer to 1500 is likely better. But again--depending on your conditions and your current suggested ranges, even that might not be enough....
You could Search the message boards for more info, and there are some great articles too! patti
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5/18/13 11:37 A
Is anybody else doing the fifteen hundred calorie diet or plan I was doing the 1200 but was gaining weight and felt hungry and deprived now that I am doing the 1500 I feel satisfied I have lost three pounds this week and have a long way to go what are other people doing with how they eat or plans that they are doing
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