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BARBANNA
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4/9/13 4:23 P

Spark People does that for you in their reports.



UNIDENT
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4/9/13 2:58 P

Heather's given you some good advice about how it works.

Here is the calculation page, where you can see how your food range is calculated based on your goals:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
lation101.asp


I'm a bit concerned that you seem to think 1200 calories (plus eating back 400 of exercise) would maintain your weight. It's unlikely that 1600 calories would maintain anybodye's weight.

Here's an exercise in fun - go through the calculation on that page and when you get to weight loss goal set 0 - none - maintaining. See what range you end up with.

And yes, it's very important to eat ENOUGH. Your 1200 isn't your maximum - it's your minimum and you MUST exceed that every single day for best health.



SWEDIEPIE
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4/9/13 11:35 A

I use the range (1200-1550) during the week based on how much exercise I've gotten on a particular day. On a day that I can only fit in a dog walk, I'll eat lower on the range, between 12-1300. On a day I've gotten a heavy workout in with a bigger calorie burn, I'll eat closer to the 1550. This seems to work for me.

For your 400 calorie burn, you could eat higher on your range, most definitely.



CBLENS
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4/9/13 11:27 A

I don't pay attention to how many calories I burn.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/8/13 8:07 P

Your Sparkpeople calorie range is generated through a bunch of math linked to your weight loss and exercise goals. :) When you change them, the range may change accordingly. Moving your goal date closer (and giving yourself less time) gives you a lower range, up to a minimum safety range of 1200-1550. Moving it out raises your range. The more you exercise, the more you'll need to support that exercise. By setting a reasonable goal (about 3% of your total weight loss goal is a good range, so that if you have 20 lbs to lose, you'd be aiming for about 1/2 a pound or so a week.

If you set a goal that's too aggressive, you may end up in that minimum range but still be eating too little.



PAMMYKC
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4/8/13 8:00 P

When you say " the program adjusts accordingly" what does that mean? I'm new to this site (just started yesterday) so not familiar with everything yet.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/8/13 7:56 P

No, we don't work like that here. :) Here, you update your fitness goals with your weekly calorie burn, and the program adjusts accordingly for the course of the week. Subtracting your exercise from your daily calories doesn't help, because that would eliminate your deficit.

Additionally, you won't have a limit here of 1200. At the minimum, it would be a *range* of 1200-1550, and anywhere in that range would be weight-loss zone. If you're over a certain range, 1200 calories may be too little if you're burning 400 calories through exercise.



PAMMYKC
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4/8/13 7:52 P

Should I deduct the calories burned during exercise from my daily calorie count? For example if my daily calorie limit is 1200 and I burn 400 calories during exercise and deduct that then my calorie count for the day would be 800. So should I eat 400 calories more to meet the 1200 daily total? I am trying to lose weight, not maintain current weight.



 
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