It's a prediction, not a promise! SP is saying 'this is a realistic estimate for a person of your age & physical characteristics if you follow the program outlined.' Most of us don't quite manage the program as outlined. When I do, I lose, when I don't, if I'm not off by much, I lose anyway, but I have plateaux, and times when something interferes...I've come to the point when I follow process, and let the results take care of themselves...they do.
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5,088 1/6/13 2:56 P
Well, no, but I kept changing how many pounds I wanted to lose. First it was 30, then 40, then 50. I never reached my goal weight by my end date though. But no big deal. Eventually I got to each goal, and that's what mattered to me. I wanted to reach my final weight loss goal by Valentine's Day last year (because I put in my starting weight on Valentine's Day 2010), but since I kept hitting one plateau after another, I didn't reach it, so I set it for my graduation day (May 18, 2012) and I actually reached it May 4, 2012.
Some weeks you'll lose two pounds, some weeks one, some weeks nothing so it's best not to dwell on the end date.
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2,171 1/6/13 2:38 P
I stayed within mine, actually on the lower end, and I hit my goal date before the date I had inputted. I put it in by 12/31/12 and I hit my goal weight at the beginning of October.
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9,689 1/6/13 2:33 P
No one does anything perfectly. There is simply no room for perfection in a healthy lifestyle! Even if we follow a plan "perfectly", there are too many variables at play to ensure absolute success. Our bodies aren't calculators, and we have health issues, body changes, life happens, and things get in the way.
It's not about achieving a certain weight by a certain date. I think for most people, we don't line up on that line perfectly. Our weight loss graphs do not move down in a perfect line. We will gain, we will lose, we will maintain... all are normal.
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319 1/5/13 10:51 P
I could never stick down to my Spark goals. Usually 100-200 calories over. But I lost weight faster than expected.
Basically, the numbers are a guideline and every individual body is different. You will need to just experiment - see how you feel and what results you get. If you're not sure if the values are right for you based on how you feel or your results, change something and see if the results move in the right direction. Eg you might need less, or you might need more, if you're not losing at the rate expected.
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523 1/5/13 9:09 P
I never followed it perfectly or near perfectly. But when I do follow through, I actually find I lose more weight then they have me pegged to lose. I think this is because my day to day life is more active than they assume an my BMR is higher than the equation they use to predict it says... So they underestimate my TDEE.
What you have to understand is that Spark gives you a goal date based on the estimates number. The actual number of calories you burn or eat can vary quite a bit depending on a lot of factors, but typically if you follow the plan it is very close! If you are "doing everything right" but aren't seeing expecte results in a couple months, it may be time to see a doctor to check for any underlining health problems, like a thyroid issue.
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191 1/5/13 8:36 P
I am not sure if I am posting this on the correct board, if not my apologies.
I was wondering for all of those who followed the nutrition and fitness guidelines set by Sparkpeople, almost perfectly, if they lost the weight in the time frame that was calculated by Sparkpeople.
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