In general they are pretty accurate. But at nearly 300 lbs you fall into the category of someone who is large enough to lose at a slightly higher rate than spark lets you set. Something in the range of 3 lbs per week for just a little bit, then down to 2.5 for a bit longer, then down to the 2 max that spark sets. Head over to Coach Dean's page to read about his experience and manually calculate www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu lation101.asp with the slightly higher loss per week. As you hit 250, bring it down to 2.5 per week, then 2 as you get closer to 200 and down to 1 or less as you get close to where you want to maintain.
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Yes accurate for me. I had plateaued for a while and when I began eating as much as SP recommended I began losing again. And I am a short senior lady who is only somewhat active. I would say give it a try. Good luck to you.
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Big people need more than smaller people. Men need more than women. Physically active people need more than sedentary. Given that you are big, a man, and active, then I would certainly think that SP is accurate!
Your experience with Atkins was a quick loss. You also experienced regaining the weight. This is what often happens with Diets and/or quick losses.
SP provides excellent advice for how to go about the changes. The slower losses are better - they are more like to stay off, and is a lot healthier on our body, too!
Most people, if they have recorded their planned exercise accurately, are totally honest with their food, and weigh it for increased accuracy, will find that SP ranges are excellent,
Remember, this isn't the fastest loser who wins - it is the one who plods along steadily!
Take care, Kris
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Yes, they're pretty accurate in my experience. 1-2lbs a week is great! That's a good steady loss. 10lbs a week is not normal, nor healthy or, as you've experienced, sustainable. I personally lost an average of a pound a week. Some weeks it was more, some it was less, or none, but over a year it averaged out to about a pound a week.
Ok...I'm a big guy at 288, but with regular exercise SparkPeople is giving me a calorie range of 2,100 to 2,500 calories. That seems like a lot. Now...having said that...I have been losing weight at a rate of 1 or 2 pounds a week. It may sound like I'm complaining, but I have had experience with Atkins where I would lose 10 pounds in a week. Now of course it never stayed off...but my essential question remains...in your experience has SparkPeople calories suggestions been fairly accurate?
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