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KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,265)
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12/6/12 10:23 P

Berta: There's a note on the calorie differential report that says to use that report "with care" - I think some people can get too hung up on it. Like the note says, weight loss happens by creating a deficit overtime, not in a single day.

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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12/6/12 7:04 P

I set up my Spark stuff and it gave me a daily calorie range. However, I check the daily calorie differential and it lets me know how far off target I am. Of course, I'm always happy if its in the negative, but if it comes out even (on a bad day), that's okay too. Is checking the daily calorie differential okay regarding calorie consumption?

JSTBECUZ99 Posts: 81
12/6/12 6:34 P

As I started to workout more and logged my time, SP automatically updated my weekly workout goal and my daily caloric intake. I didn't need to make any changes as long as I logged my stuff.

ROSE-LITE Posts: 1,930
12/6/12 11:39 A

love the info here...thanks!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
12/6/12 5:32 A

I agree - in coming up with an intake recommendation, Spark takes into account your Exercise Goals (averaged across the entire week). So long as your Exercise Goals reasonably reflect what you are burning through exercise in a typical week, no further adjustment is necessary. If they are a fair bit out of alignment, you may want to update your Exercise Goals (accessible on the LH side of the Start page). If you based your estimate on the assumption of working out 4 times per week, this would have sufficient flexibility to cover 3 or 5 workouts.

For most people targetting 2 lbs per week weight loss, it typically takes a weekly calorie burn of 2000-3000 calories to trigger an increase in their recommended intake.


SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
12/5/12 7:46 P

Where are you getting your calorie counts from? I use a heart rate monitor and have found that the estimates on the machines, even if I plug in my age and weight, are very, very high. And charts of calories burned in an hour also have limited value. It gets more off the more your body is used to exercising.

SAKURA44 SparkPoints: (1,026)
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12/5/12 7:00 P


i think i will take your advise and get a protein shake, a little treat for working out hard! emoticon

ARMARTIN527 SparkPoints: (15,818)
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12/5/12 3:46 P

Depends on how fast you want to lose weight. I figure with 1500 calories that's only ~400 calories less than your BMR. So at that rate, you would only lose up to 1lb per week. If you don't eat the 700 calories you burn at the gym (which I don't recommend anyway), you will lose ~2 lbs per week. You do not want to eat less than 1200 calories. Eating no more than 1500 PLUS working out will be just fine. If you eat a few extra on the days you work out, I don't think you'd be doing any harm. But be smart about what you eat. Enjoy a chocolate protein shake post workout to get some extra cals and much needed protein to repair those muscles! emoticon

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (106,425)
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12/5/12 3:46 P

Is your Spark account set up correctly? If you set your goal and your estimated calorie burn properly, Spark will take that into account when calculating your daily calorie intake range.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,265)
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12/5/12 3:44 P

Yes, it does. You can tell SP how many calories you burn each week in "Fitness Setup" under My Fitness, and the amount of calories you should eat in your nutrition tracker will automatically increase.

SAKURA44 SparkPoints: (1,026)
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12/5/12 2:44 P

So this question has been haunting me for some time now. The calories that this site gives us as the daily average that we should eat, does it take into account the calories burned at the gym? I workout about 4 times a week 3 times on a bad week and 5 times on a good week. Yesterday i burnt about 6-700 calories. When factoring how many calories to eat should i taking into account how many i burned? can i eat more calories if i burn calories at the gym? or do i still only eat 1500 calories even with 700 burned??

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