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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
4/1/13 10:36 A

I'd give it at least a month, and then you can re-evaluate from there.

Coach Jen

APRILPERRY07 Posts: 34
4/1/13 10:09 A

Hi Jen,
Hope you had a great weekend. How long would you give this a shot to see results before trying something new?

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
3/27/13 7:49 A

Hi April

I checked your account settings, and everything looks correct to me. You might consider staying towards the middle to upper end of your recommended range and see how that affects your progress.

Coach Jen

APRILPERRY07 Posts: 34
3/26/13 7:33 P

Hi Jen,

I don't think that I am importing all of my calories burned for the day. Body Media says I am burning about 2400-2500 calories for the entire day. I am only syncing the 2 sites and I am not really sure how SP is pulling out the calories burned.
I did not see a calorie increase when I changed my goal from 2 lbs/week to 1lb/week only a longer length in projected time to get to my goals. Is there any way you can look at my settings to see if I have everything set up correctly?
Thank you so much for your help. Off for some rowing.
-April

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
3/26/13 1:01 P

Hi April

As long as the data being brought in from Body Media is just calories burned through exercise (and not all of the calories you're burning over the entire day), then that should be correct.

When you changed your weight loss goal to 1 lb per week instead of 2, that didn't boost your calorie range up at all?

Coach Jen

APRILPERRY07 Posts: 34
3/26/13 11:19 A

Hi Jen,

Thanks for the help. Let me see if I understand correctly what to do:
1. add up all the calories from Spark People that were imported from my body media tracker for an entire week.

2. Use these calories in the place where I can enter calories burned.

3. Reset my weight loss goal to 1lb/week.

4. Allow these settings to tell me how many calories I should be eating.

I really want this to work. I get very discouraged when I am working as hard as I am and not seeing the results that I desire. Hopefully this will get me back on track.

Thanks,
April
P.S. I set my goal according to this plan and my calorie range is 1300-1650, so based on these figures, I was eating in my calorie range before. Should I continue with the current calorie consumption of 1300 or boost it up some to 1500?

Edited by: APRILPERRY07 at: 3/26/2013 (11:32)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
3/25/13 4:39 P

Hi April

The first thing I'll say is that 2 lbs/week is not a realistic rate of weight loss with as much as you're trying to lose. If you had 100 pounds to lose, you can expect to lose 2 lbs/wk. But you're so close to your goal, that a reasonable rate of weight loss is 1/2-1 lb per week. If you were eating 1300 calories per day and doing that much exercise, that's probably why you weren't losing weight- you weren't eating enough.

I'd recommend setting your calories burned goal on SP to reflect how much exercise you're doing, revise your weight loss goal to around 1 lb/wk, and then eat in the calorie range SP suggests. I think you'll see results that way :)

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

APRILPERRY07 Posts: 34
3/25/13 4:22 P

If I enter the amount that the Body Media tracker has reported when I sync to SP, I burned 3128 cal last week. With this caloric output SP says I should eat 1440-1790 calories/day to lose 2lb/week.
Setting my caloric intake/day to 1640calories/day on Body Media, will reflect that I need to burn 2640 total calories/day to lose 2lb/week. I can't come close to burning that without extra exercise. I am exercising 5-6 times a week for an hour a day in various classes (Spin, strength/cardio, etc). I really don't want to exercise more than that if I don't have to. My weight is stagnating and I can't figure out why. I was eating about 1300 calories a day doing the same type of exercise and now my weight loss has stopped.

I am trying to go from 142lbs to 120lbs. I had my gym do a body fat percentage and I am at 30% so I should be losing weight fairly easily.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
3/25/13 2:21 P

If you set your calories burned goal to reflect the amount of exercise you're currently doing, what kind of calorie range does SparkPeople give you? If you don't mind me asking, how much weight are you trying to lose?

Coach Jen

APRILPERRY07 Posts: 34
3/25/13 11:56 A

I recently got a Body Media Tracker to track more accurately calories out since SP has a great site for calories in and because my weigh loss has stagnated. My Body Media tracker says I should be burning 2630 calories a day if I am consuming 1630 calories a day. Even on the 5 days that I am going to the gym, I am not meeting the 2630 calories out. I recently bumped my calorie intake up from 1500 calories a day to 1630 calories a day based on Spark People recommendations as I have synced my 2 sites to log all information. Which do I believe? That I should consume 1500 calories or the 1630 calories? At 1500 calories a day I am suppose to burn 2560 calories/day, which on gym days, I am close to, but have never successfully achieved, but at 1630 calories/day, I will be no where near the 2630 calories out that is required for a 2lb/week weight loss. What should I do now? I really don't have more time that it would require to burn the 2630 calories at the gym.

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