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BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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6/12/13 9:12 P

Thanks for setting me straight! Clearly, I read it wrong and made myself miserable for no reason. I have a cruise in November and I want to go on it looking my best. I have pictures from a cruise we took on 2010 when I was at my max weight of 174. I can't wait to replace them with my pictures from this trip!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
6/12/13 12:48 P

The system will never suggest a 1350 calorie max - all system-set ranges are 350 calories wide, with the lowest possible one being 1200-1550 calories. The only way to set a narrower range, or see lower than 1550 calories, is if a person manually sets it that way.

I would reenter your target weight, timeframe, and weekly exercise goal to let the system re-adjust and give you a proper range. It's also ok to set your timeframe a little further out - I have done this along with adding exercise to stay in my 1500-1850 range (I find it's where my body is happiest, and it's very rare I feel insatiably hungry).

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
6/12/13 12:43 P

maybe you need to eat more than just 3 times a day. If you are hungry, get a snack. High protein, complex carbs. LIke carrots and string cheese with some almonds.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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6/12/13 10:02 A

Okay, for starters, no, your calorie intake range is still 1200-1550... minimum. That's the absolute minimum Sparkpeople will give you.

If you're hungry, than less than 1350 is not enough for you.

What I would suggest for you is to set your exercise to a level you feel comfortable with, and move your goal date out; basically, aim to lose slower. According to your ticker, you have about 16 lbs left to lose.

A good rule of thumb for that is that you can reasonably attempt to lose about 3% of your weight loss goal per week... which means it creeps to REALLY slow levels. For you, that's around .25 to .5 lbs per week!

Keep eating where you feel comfortable. Don't try to exercise more, just set your fitness goals for where you are. :) The Spark Solution has a base intake of around 1500 calories, and honestly, most people will lose at that rate.

Go with it. Eat what keeps you from wanting to chew on the walls, and if your weight loss stops, then you might want to add a bit more exercise or a little less food, but relax... those last few pounds take a while. :) 1 lb a week was fine while you were heavier, but you don't have enough to lose now for that to be likely for you!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/12/2013 (10:02)
BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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6/12/13 10:02 A

I eat three times a day.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (321,201)
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6/12/13 9:53 A

1500 seem low to me but that is what you have. Try breaking up in your meals and add snacks for between meals.

Don't exercise as much (as long as you can get your calories in).

MRSTIGHTWAD SparkPoints: (1,172)
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6/12/13 8:40 A

In a nutshell, yes. You will essentially be creating a caloric deficit by the original intake standards. But here's my question to many times a day do you eat?

BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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6/12/13 8:14 A

Hi! I need help! I have had some real success with Spark People. I lost enough weight for the system to suggest that I lower my calorie intake from 1250-1500 calories per day to 1200-1350. When I read the numbers it doesn't seem like a big deal. However, ever since I reset the goal, I have blown it! Really blown it. I can't stop feeling hungry and I am eating way over 1500 calories.

Here is my question, "Can I continue to lose weight at the old calorie level as long as I exercise enough to burn more than my intake?" emoticon

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