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CATHYINLA Posts: 813
2/3/12 10:47 A

If the 1600 calories is what Sparkpeople is recommending (they usually give you a range) and you put in all the information correctly (current weight, final desired weight and timeframe to get there, exercise minutes etc.) it will calculate a calorie range that will yield typically 1-2 pounds per week. You should NEVER go below 1200 calories a day as your body will think you are in starvation mode and adjust your metabolism. My original calorie number was 1300-1600 and I lost 2.5 lbs per week. It has slowly come down as I lose weight on Sparkpeople and now the maximum is 1550 calories per day.

MANDYJ73 Posts: 310
2/3/12 10:39 A

You can view a report about this in the reports tab. It is listed as 'calorie differential over time'... it shows you how you are burning calories and how many calories you are consuming... it is all about calories in and calories out! I find this report extremely helpful. Good luck!

2/3/12 10:32 A

You can it may just take longer. Your body burns calories just be being awake, breathing, digesting foods etc and this does not even include exercise. So say your body burns 2000 calories daily (just putting in a number not sure what your number would actually be, this would depend on weight, height, body fat percentage etc). You need an extra deficit of 3500 on top of that to lose a lb. So if you eat 2000 cal per day and burn 2000 cal per day you won't gain or lose. But if you eat 1600 cal per day and burn 2000 cal per day you burn 400 per day. Over time that 400 cal deficit will add up. By adding in exercise you'll speed up weight loss even more. Hope this makes sense to you, I tried to explain best I could.

DEDE824 SparkPoints: (136,155)
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2/3/12 10:09 A

Much of it depends on your activity level and metabolism. Sitting all the time takes much less than running, playing tennis, and conditioning. Taylor it to your lifestyle.

JOYCE12009 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/12 9:56 A

If i eat over 1600 calories a day will i still lose weight its seems an awful lot and are the higher amount what you need to maintain the weight you are at x

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