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PENAM87 Posts: 46
4/26/13 1:07 A

When you first started SP, did you check any specific programs? For example, when I signed up I checked that I wanted more info on diabetes, cholesterol, healthy heart. I currently do not have any of these specific problems but SP created a program for me based on this and recommends no more than 1650 a day and burn 900 calories a week but when I put my info into Livestrong my caloric intake is 2300 (w/ light activity and 2lb per week) or 2700 (w/ moderate activity). I do HIIT workouts 5-6 days a week plus daily walks and stuff so I tend to burn more than 900 calories a week, which the SP program had me increase my caloric intake but is still lower than what LS and other sites recommend. So maybe check to see if SP has you based on a program/criteria and go from there.
If that isn't the issue, it is perfectly fine to increase your calore intake a bit more. Maybe find a happy medium between what SP and LS suggests but also making sure you are consuming healthy calories. If you still feel hungry after meals, increase your fat (the good kind!) and fiber intake which help you feel fuller longer. Another thing to consider is the type of workouts you are doing, you may need to incorporate or gradually increase your strength training to see fat loss as cardio alone won't be enough. Finally, you need to focus on what your body is telling you and not the scale! A scale won't tell you if you're building muscle and losing fat.
Your body is very smart and picks up quickly what it is you're doing and tries to adjust, which is why you sometimes need to change up your routine gradually so that it doesn't get stuck and therefore increases your chances of getting discourage and setting you back.

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4/25/13 8:00 P

My doctor said I should be able to lose up to 2 pounds a week since she recommends I lose 50 total. I will shoot for one a week instead. Although,I haven't lost any since I started tracking my food/exercise again. I eat no more than 1500 calories a day....all healthy. Fish, chicken, fresh veggies and fruit, couscous and quinoa. Snacks are apples with nut butter or a handful of mixed unsalted nuts. Every morning I start my day with a tall glass of water with the juice from half a lemon. I drink one decaf coffee with truvia, no cream. We also do not add salt and only use condiments without sugar....I.e. salsa instead of ketchup.

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4/25/13 4:18 P

I think that's your problem. A good rule of thumb is to set a weekly goal that's no more than 3% of your total goal. It may be possible for you to lose 2 lbs per week, but unlikely, and will get moreso as you lose weight. If you were over 200 lbs, yeah, 2 lbs is doable, but now, your body's got less to lose, so it'll come off more slowly.

Right now, I'd aim more for 1-1.5 at your weight. If you hae 30 lbs to lose, you can lose about 1. At 20, you can lose about .5 per week. At 10, you're looking at just .25-.5 a week!

You do talk about your exercise, but how many calories a week are you eating, and are you weighing and measuring? Exercise is helpful, but you can't out-exercise a bad diet, and it's still possible to overeat, even on healthy foods, if you're not weighing and measuring accurately.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/25/2013 (16:20)
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4/25/13 4:13 P

I am currently at 184. Height 5'6. Age 38. Maybe the goal date is what is holding me up. I set it to lose 2 pounds per week. I have been seriously exercising for about 8 years and for some reason I started to gain weight about 3 years ago. I gained 54 pounds to date. I can't seem to work it off. I did stop for awhile because I am so frustated with not getting any results. I don't know what my problem is so I am constantly going back to review and adjust things...hoping that I am missing something. I have been consistently working out again for two months with no change.

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4/25/13 4:05 P

What is your current weight and height, and your weekly weight loss goal? It may be that you've set a goal that's too aggressive, getting you stuck in the minimum safety range of 1200-1550.

Have you entered that activity level in your fitness *goals*, not just the tracker? That does seem like a low range for that kind of activity.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/25/2013 (16:06)
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4/25/13 4:04 P

Yes. I used the same amount of activity. I tried the Livestrong site and received the higher results also. I track all of my workouts and usually burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories a day..depending on which workout I do. I don't want to eat too many calories.I am not losing weight as it is but I also don't want to put my body in starvation mode. I can't seem to find the right mix.

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4/25/13 3:50 P

are you indicating the same activity level on all sites?

I just tested out Livestrong, and when i put in my age (47), height (5'6"), activity ("sedentary") and starting weight (245) i got 1538/day "to lose 2#/week" (the high end of the Spark range I was assigned, 1200-1550). Then i tested it again at my current weight (211) and got 1283/day (the mid-low end of my Spark-assigned range).

If you are doing regular physical exercise and/or have a physical job, make sure you input your activity into the Fitness Tracker - this will adjust the calorie range on your nutrition tracker accordingly.

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4/25/13 3:15 P

Why does this site recommend that I eat no more than 1500 calories a day but most other sites recommend I eat 1850 (for my height and age)? I feel like I am starving and I need to be very careful about which foods I choose so I don't go over my limit.

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