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TRAILWALKERJO54 Posts: 36,985
2/4/13 6:59 P

thank you -- I seen that you wrote that down a little lower on the thread ---but sparks doesn't clarify that.. I calculated here with their formula ..
thanks again!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,249)
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2/4/13 5:34 P

LOLAJO54, may I ask how you calculated your BMR? Sparkpeople also includes a daily active living multiplier for sedentary living (generally 1.2.) 1206 x 1.2 would be 1447, rounded.

Your BMR is the amount you burn doing absolutely nothing, if you just laid in bed living all day. You don't do that, so you get out of bed, you get dressed, you go to the grocery store, you work, etc all those things burn a couple extra hundred calories a day.

TRAILWALKERJO54 Posts: 36,985
2/4/13 4:56 P

When I started sparks 5 years ago I was of course younger but bigger ---now I have worked out my BMR is 1206.17 Sparks still has it set at over 1400+ so how do I change this.. I have been on a plateau for over a year --now finally losing only because I am eating less then Sparks recommends and working out more .. Think it is just a matter of getting my claculations changed ..

10/17/12 7:54 P

If the calculations are correct---it should work.
Experiment and will quickly determine your specific calorie range that brings about a 1 pound weekly weight loss on average.


FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
10/17/12 7:24 P

Yes, I meant to type "week" there.

I take over 10,000 steps every day, and most days I do burn an estimated 2,400 calories or so throughout the day. Granted, I would aim more towards the 1,500 calories than 2,000 (but the extra 500 calories would help a lot on the rare day I go into NYC... especially since my activity level increases when I'm in the city.

I know the estimations are not going to be exact, but in theory should this work? I'm talking about subtracting 500 to 1000'calories from my total calorie burn... Not just the BMR

10/17/12 6:06 P

Most females who are overweight will not lose weight eating 2000 calories daily....for they are not burning 2500 calories daily.

Dietitian Becky

PRIM8PHD SparkPoints: (13,467)
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10/17/12 5:48 P

Bad news! I asked my nutritionist this question, and what she said was that estimates of calorie burn during physical activity are typically wildly inaccurate. Doing physical activity should be done for its own sake, and for your cardiovascular health. Of course it results in calorie burn, but very seldom to the degree that trackers and estimates are going to give you. Unless you're working with a heart rate monitor--which in itself isn't even an adequate reflection of how your body is going to burn fat--most professionals don't really recommend subtracting your fitness calories from your diet calories in this one-to-one kind of way.

Of course, you do still want to keep eating enough to support your increased fitness levels, so using the Harris-Benedict equation, multiply your BMR by 1.375 if you are lightly active (light exercise/sports for 1 hour 1-3 days/week), 1.55 for moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports for 1 hour 3-5 days/week) or by 1.725 if you are very active (hard exercise/sports for one hour 6-7 days a week), and use that as your starting point for subtracting calories.

Edited by: PRIM8PHD at: 10/17/2012 (18:13)
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10/17/12 5:09 P

What are your goals and are they reasonable? I know you did not mean to say 1-2lbs a DAY like in first sentence, that would require starting to cut off body parts lol.

Have you plugged in your height and weight and fitness calories burn into your trackers? Set your goal date? (It will deny you the ability to set it for anymore than 2lbs per week but if you go ahead of schedule you can adjust it by moving the date as well)

2,000 is a lot to eat, it is easy to do in this world and I know I did it often before returning to feeling better lol. Is there a reason you want to eat this many calories? Do you keep going over your nutrition values or do you just want to eat more? I think we have to understand what your full goal is to nitpick it apart. But 3,500 calories is a pound.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
10/17/12 5:01 P

Is you BMR 2500? or do you get to 2500 burned through added exercise?

If you create a 500 calorie daily deficit, you should lose a lb a week in theory. It isn't exact, and there are other factors, but over an extended period, it should average about 1 lb a week.If 2000 a day is too many calories.. shoot for 1750, and lose 3 lbs every 2 weeks, or 1500, and lose 2 lbs a week.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
10/17/12 4:53 P

If I want to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day, I need to have a daily caloric deficit of about 500 to 1,000 steps a day.

Which means if I burn 2,500 calories a day, I can eat 2,000 calories and still lose a pound a week? That seems a little high for a female to lose weight. What am I missing here?

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