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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/21/13 1:53 A

The really cool thing about Spark is that you don't have to get it. You don't have to understand.

Just make sure your fitness "goal calories burned" is about what you're actually tracking in exercise, and that your weight "to lose per week" is reasonable (1lb if overweight, 2lbs if obese).

That's it. That's all there is to it.

If you burn more in exercise, because you start doing more, then just set the goal a little higher. That will automatically change your food ranges (if necessary).

PECTIWITAWITCH SparkPoints: (2,416)
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2/20/13 8:30 P

Thanks, this is helpful.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,027)
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2/20/13 6:38 P

This should shed some light on the calculations for you:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
lation101.asp?


MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,172
2/20/13 5:47 P

It's worth remembering that exercise is typically a fairly small part of your overall calorie burn. Most people burn between 1300 and 1900 calories a day just keeping their basic body functions (aka metabolism) ticking over.

Exactly how much to eat and exercise can get a little complex, as a lot depends on your personal circumstances. Fortunately, Spark takes care of all the math for you.

Just set up your target rate of weight loss, and your weekly Exercise Goals (both accessible from the LH side of the start page), and Spark will come up with an intake recommendation for you.

In terms of exercise, rather than coming up with an arbitary number of calories, I think it is easier to think of it in terms of time, and how much time you can commit to exercise on a regular basis. Most experts recommend 30 minutes 3 times per week as being consistent with good health, and perhaps increasing this to 4-6 times per week for weight loss. You can enter these figures into Spark's Exercise Goals, and Spark will convert this into an exercise and intake target.

M@L

PECTIWITAWITCH SparkPoints: (2,416)
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2/20/13 4:48 P

I am confused about how to determine; how many calories to eat per day, how many calories to burn per week, to lose 1 to 2 pound per week.
I don't get the whole calorie deficit stuff. I get that you have to burn 3500 cals to lose one pound so I would need to burn between 3500 and 7000 per week to lose 1-2 pounds. So how many calories should I be eating per day?
Thanks for your help


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