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7/28/11 1:29 P

Thanks - very helpful.

CMWARDRN Posts: 450
7/28/11 11:25 A

Thank you Catsdontpray for the link. Also a thank you to the rest of you SP. I hadn't thought about any of this yet because I'm focused on the weight loss and just following my first set of goals. I just started SP seriously last week. When I was 20 years younger and my knees and spine were healthy I ran between 4 and 7 miles at least 5 times a week, usually all 7 days. I could eat whatever I wanted. Oh how I miss those days! I will save that link for when I reach goal and want to see where I am in the balance between food and exercise. Great topic! Have a great day everyone!

Edited by: CMWARDRN at: 7/28/2011 (11:26)
7/28/11 8:19 A

Ok cool, learned something new today. I didn't know about the daily calorie differential report. I had been wondering about a way to see this type of calculation but as usual Sparkpeople has done the job for me. Thanks for the information ladies :)

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7/22/11 8:43 A

It is definitely there and figured out for you. Go to REPORTS and click on daily calorie differential.

CATSDONTPRAY SparkPoints: (14,225)
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7/13/11 7:37 P

What you're describing sounds like the Calorie Differential Calendar

CYBRVELD SparkPoints: (69,412)
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7/13/11 7:25 P

I agree. On another site that I used to use, it showed my RMR - calories burned via exersize + calories eaten = days net total. That way I knew exactly where I was for the day (eg. -500 calories per day for a 1 pound per week weight loss. I am so used to seeing my numbers this way, that I have opted to track this manually myself. I hope SparkPeople might change their mind to put all our numbers into one place that is easy to see.

Keep on truckin' eveyone! Cheers!


Edited by: CYBRVELD at: 7/13/2011 (19:25)
SGWAISTMGMT SparkPoints: (0)
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7/13/11 3:16 P

Oran04: I used to be on your side of the underweight until I turned 50. Now, at 65, I need to drop about 10 more lbs. I know what you mean about trying to make sure and eat enough so you don't starve. It can be a real challenge, too. congratulations on recognizing that your health depends on getting proper nutrition. I did not do so early enough and wound up losing my teeth over it! I wish you continued success in your development of healthy eating habits. emoticon

ORAN04 Posts: 4
7/13/11 3:01 P

I'm on the hated side of the coin. I eat just barely enough (that's what I'm trying to correct), so in order to make sure I am eating enough I need to to increase my calorie intake to make up for the calorie I burn when I exercise.
FitDay and LiveStrong (two other food/fitness trackers) do this automatically, but FitDay looks like it got stuck somewhere in the 90's, and I haven't make up my mind about LiveStrong just yet.

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7/13/11 2:57 P

Oh, I see what you mean, but I meant it as using exercise as a benchmark and increasing by that exact amount or using the caloric count of aerobic exercises and adding in that extra amount of calories on top of your usual diet. I know I eat more an hour before I work out, carbs if possible, so I don't run out of gas! emoticon

CATSDONTPRAY SparkPoints: (14,225)
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7/13/11 2:52 P

SGWAISTMGMT: It might sound counter intuitive, but there is a point where you do need to increase your calories to offset what you're burning. Eating too little and/or burning too much can actually slow weight loss. It can also mean not getting the proper nutrition for your needs at that time.

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7/13/11 2:35 P

well, i'm no expert, but if I am trying to lose weight, then I definitely don't want the increase the amount I'm allowed to eat based on how many calories I burned up that day. Otherwise, I may just exercise to eat; that doesn't sound like a good game to play.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,562
7/12/11 9:38 A

You should be fine if there are small fluctuations from day to day, as long as your weekly goal is close to what you're actually burning. If you burned 800 calories on a run, some (if not all) of that is taken into account already in your calorie range if your calories burned goal is set correctly. So you wouldn't want to add those calories back in.

Does that help?

Coach Jen

ORAN04 Posts: 4
7/12/11 7:18 A

Ok, but the calorie burned goal is just an estimate I set by myself, based on my estimated weekly average, right?
What if just burning calories is not my goal - Is there an easy way to see my calorie balance?
(e.g. suppose I spend 800 calories on a 10km run, can I add 800 calories to the same day's calorie goal in the food tracker?)

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,562
7/12/11 6:23 A

Your calorie range is based on a number of factors, including your calories burned goal. So as long as that goal accurately reflects how much exercise you're doing, it's already taken into account when you're given the range to eat in.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

ORAN04 Posts: 4
7/12/11 2:41 A

I noticed that if I add exercises (e.g. cardiovascular) and it tells me that I've burned a certain amount of calories, this amount of calories isn't added to my daily goal in the food tracker.
Am I missing something, or are the food and fitness tracker completely separated?
Anyway - I think it would be nice to link between them, and consider the fitness exercises when estimating daily calories allowance.

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