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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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2/22/12 3:49 P

Hi AHUVAK1,

SparkPeople will not let you set up a plan that will allow for more than 2 pounds a week weight loss, nor will it ever drop below 1200-1550 calories. I am not too sure where you are getting that range unless you set it there.

Remember this range takes into account you calorie burned goal and you do need to subtract that from your calorie range.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

AHUVAK1 SparkPoints: (11,606)
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2/22/12 2:50 P

I plugged my current height and weight into the calories calculator on the nutrition page. I think the problem is that my weight loss goal was too aggressive.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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2/22/12 2:39 P

Hi AHUVAK1,

How are you figuring the 1057-1357 range?

If you plugged in your calories burned figure on your Start page and all your data (current weight, goal weight and time frame to reach your goal weight, etc) correctly into your account, SparkPeople would not calculate a calorie range less than 1200-1550.

Coach Nancy

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2/22/12 11:22 A

That does seem on the low side to me too. As a generality, a healthy adult woman should not eat less than 1200 calories a day. Nutritionists have determined that that is the least amount of calories a woman should eat to ensure that they get all the vital nutrients and minerals they need to be healthy.

How much are you trying to lose ? The problem is that the closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder it is to lose any perceived excess. Other members who are down to their last 5-10 pounds will tell you how hard and how long it takes to get off that last bit.

So, while a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds for someone who is overweight, for someone who is closer to a healthy weight for their height, that loss will be less.

Instead of trying for one pound per week, how about trying for a half pound ? That would give you more range with the amount of food you eat. Also, if you are engaged in a lot of exercise, you do have to eat more. eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it.

What are your goals ? If your goal is to fit into a smaller size of jeans, you don't need to lose weight to do that. With a good strength training program, you could lose 1-2 clothing sizes without changing the scale. It's just a matter of changing your body's lean to fat ratio. More lean means that you'll be tighter and smaller even though the scale might not give you a lower number.



AHUVAK1 SparkPoints: (11,606)
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2/22/12 10:59 A

I just went through the calorie calculation on the nutrition page to determine how many calories I should eat per day in order to lose 1 pound per week. When factoring in my BMR, and the number of calories I burn per week in exercise, My daily calorie intake to maintain is 1,767 calories. That means in order to lose a pound per week, I have to eat betweenn 1057 and 1357! That is like.... nothing!! Help?

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