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CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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9/17/13 3:54 P

The reason eating back calories did not work for me is simple. I am a short person. Lowest base range is 1200-1500 (?), and simply adding all my tracked calories burned on top of this range made for crazy-high ranges on any day I tracked activities. When I hiked one morning burning 1000 calories, this would leave my range at 2300-2500.. Walking to work and back would put me in 1450 -1750.

I suspect I will do much better sticking with the old tracker that accounts for my calories burned on a weekly basis. The old and new trackers are definitely not averaging up to the same calories per week for me if I track all activities and eat in the middle of suggested ranges.

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,489
9/17/13 10:26 A

i didn't link mine for this reason, too- the reason i still eat within my regular range on workout days (though higher in the range) is to balance out with a higher deficit v. days i don't work out... i actually use the calorie deficit report on the phone app to keep myself on track- i target a 1k deficit/day and it's been working well for the 6-8 weeks i've been doing it!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,498)
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9/17/13 9:53 A

If you eat in the middle of the range, for example, on a non exercise day and the middle of your range on an exercise day (higher calories) it will still equal out to the same deficit at the end of the week had you eaten the same calorie intake every day.

If my basal metabolic rate + activity is 1800 cals. I do not exercise that day and am given a range of 1200-1550 cals. I eat 1400 cals and have a deficit of -400 cals for that day.

If I exercise and burn 300 cals with BMR + activity my calorie needs for the day are 2300 cals. Spark should give me a range of 1700-2050 cals. If I eat 1900 cals I am still creating a deficit of -400 cals because my calorie needs are higher this day.

So instead of having some days with a -800 cal deficit and some days with a -200 cal deficit, you have a more consistent daily calorie deficit. It still equals out to the same weekly deficit had you eaten the same amount of calories every day.

Hope this makes sense.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 9/17/2013 (10:00)
RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/17/13 9:26 A

I have seen this a lot lately. Our calorie range includes the calories we burn average over the week, and then I hear about it being adjusted when people work out.

Is this just a glitch in the way SP is doing things? It seems like they are counting the calories burned twice. This new way of the Nutrition, and Fitness trackers communicating and making adjustments sounds good, but I would expect it to take a while to perfect.

The other option is that you are supposed to do one or the other. I didn't link mine together. I burn around the same calories week to week, and have that inputted. My range stays the same every day. I prefer it that way. Maybe you should either use the weekly average, OR have it adjust based on daily calories burned. It sounds like it is doing both.

The answer is only as good as the equation. If the info inputted is wrong, the answer will be wrong.

TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 217
9/17/13 12:30 A

If you are part of a health club or gym you can see if they have a way to measure you Resting Metabolic Rate, this is the minimum number of calories you must eat in order to sustain your bodily function without sending your body into starvation mode. I was surprised to find out mine was about 1600/day! Now that I know that I can make a plan. If I burn 1000 calories (for the sake of round numbers) during the day I then would need 2600 to keep my weight. If I want to lose weight I must eat less than that (but not too much less) so I'll meet in the middle and give my body only 500-600 more calories, this means that my body will have to make up the extra 400-500 calories from the reserve fat.

This is how you truly lose fat. So if you can find a place which has a machine that measures your resting metabolic rate you will be armed with valuable information.

Edited by: TANITHSEH1011 at: 9/17/2013 (00:31)
CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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9/15/13 1:04 P

I've noticed the same, and this is my main reason for switching back to the old tracker again. I do not wish to "eat back" calories burned. I was always given a far too high calorie-range when I tracked my exercise! On days where I had hiked for a few hours the recommendations where sky high, minimum range for calories starting at 2300+. On days where I had walked to work and back, range started at 1600. Needless to say I did not lose any trying to follow these guidelines.

9/15/13 12:27 P

I think 1800-1900 is too high for weight loss for many people.
I would suggest you stick with around 1400-1600. You will be nourishing your body properly when using nutrient dense foods and meeting your needs; yet still be losing weight.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

CATGETTINGFIT SparkPoints: (4,652)
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9/14/13 7:50 P

TY for the link, Kris.

I am planning on going with the range it gave me for the calories I was burning in a week because I don't want to eat too few calories and sabotage myself that way. I know if I don't eat enough calories to cover my activity between work and exercise that I will end up gaining weight despite any work I put into it.

And that link is going to be a life saver. I had no clue how I was going to get 700 more calories today, so I'll look through that and see what looks good.

Today, I mostly need carbs and calories. I have little bit of fat left until I hit the minimum level, and I actually made my protein, but I still have more I can get if what I eat has protein.

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,042
9/14/13 7:12 P

Below is a link which you may find helpful:

Just remember that when you exercise you NEED to eat more. 1200 calories is the minimum recommended by SP for an average weight woman who is sedentary.


CATGETTINGFIT SparkPoints: (4,652)
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9/14/13 4:29 P

I've noticed that when I exercise, SP says to eat more calories.

I have my program set up to burn around 1200 calories a week. So SP adjusted my calorie intake to 1550-1900 calories per day. I have no idea how I'm going to get that many calories per day as it is, but when I exercise, it adds in the calories that I've burned. I also know I don't want to eat too few calories (I was able to do between 1200 and 1500, closer to the 1200 side), so I was going to go with the 1550-1900.

I just have no idea how to eat that many calories while eating healthy, especially if I'm trying to burn calories. Do you all eat the extra calories given for calories burned, or do you just eat the base guidelines?

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