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TOBI-DAWNE SparkPoints: (13,795)
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11/28/13 5:46 P

I updated the ticker. :/ It's in pounds now. But that didn't seem to change anything. I'm betting calories are calories regardless of what size you are.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,124
11/28/13 5:21 P

The issue with your weight being off is that the program uses it to calculate your ranges. Which means that your ranges may be off as well. Now if you had an extra 200lbs to lose having a little larger deficit would not be an issue because you have around an extra 200 lbs that you can use as fuel. But if you are down to the last 30 lbs, you need to be eating pretty close to where you maintain. In which case eating back those exercise calories becomes all the more important.
The other thing to note is that if the program thinks you weigh 400 then it is calculating your calories burned based on that weight. Which means you are not burning nearly as many calories as it thinks you are. Which means your ranges should not be varying upwards by that many calories.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,902)
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11/28/13 4:45 P

If a physical examination and bloodwork shows no physiological cause for the lack of appetite, I would count it a blessing and carry on with a smile. I would ensure I was taking a good multi mineral/vitamin, adequate healthy fats, and adequate protein and water.

TOBI-DAWNE SparkPoints: (13,795)
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11/28/13 3:17 P

So, even when the recommended calorie intake is at least 1600, as long as I'm hitting 1200 I should be okay?

No negative symptoms. Lots of energy, no dizziness or lightheadedness.

I usually managed to hit 1100 - 1200 every day... it's getting beyond that amount (my spark recommendations take into consideration calories burned through exercise) that I have trouble with.

My ticker has me at 184kgs, but I'm 184lbs. And I don't mind the error. I wanted it fixed at first, but now it doesn't bother me.

I did buy some fruit juice. I know everyone says not to "drink your calories"... but I'm thinking that may be my best shot at getting my intake higher.

Edited by: TOBI-DAWNE at: 11/28/2013 (15:20)
BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
11/28/13 3:12 P

Add healthy, high calorie foods to your diet, like nuts and peanut butter

11/28/13 3:00 P

definitely need at least 1200 calories. throughout the day, i try to sneak in some extra calories like eating 1 tbsp of peanut butter, or drinking a cup of fruit juice. just so it adds up.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,902)
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11/28/13 2:28 P

Are you having any side effects? Dizziness, poor concentration, lack of energy, etc?
My only real concern (if the above is all fine) would be dehydration; are you drinking enough?

NIRERIN Posts: 14,124
11/28/13 8:39 A

if you didn't get to where you are through a medical issue, then i hold that your hunger cues are off. following your hunger cues is a great goal to work towards, but it's not a great start because your hunger cues were off in the first place. sort of like if your gas gauge is off in your car you would use the trip odometer to figure out when you need to get gas. eating what your body is supposed to need is going to help you reset your hunger cues to near where they should be. for me, making myself eat when not hungry is what balanced out the highs and lows. i would eat too little and forget to eat to the point that i was shaking and dizzy and then i would eat everything in sight, hungry or not. making myself eat when i realize my hunger cues aren't cutting it [which is a less and less frequent occurrence] is what made the difference.

if this is a consistent problem you need to find a way to address this earlier in the day. you can either track midway through the day, or revemp some of your common meals and snacks to have a little more calories. switching up the fat in your dairy is an easy way to add more calories but not more food. or adding a Tablespoon of nut butter. or using a little more fat to cook in. or having 1 1/8 or 1 1/4 cups of stew instead of one cup. add an extra ounce of meat.

also, your ticker shows you to be over 400lbs. if this is accurate, that's fine. but if it's not you need to edit your settings and goals so that your weight is accurate for where you are so that you are getting the right ranges to try and get into.

DEEINRI SparkPoints: (20,434)
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11/28/13 5:45 A

I totally agree. And I think it is a good idea to go higher one day and lower the next. But always eat 1200 calories per day

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/28/13 4:56 A

Usually, you will find the recommendation to eat a minimum of 1200 Kcal / day.
Below you will find out why: (here is what SP say):

"Starvation Mode. There is a common misconception that to lose weight, the lower the calories, the better. Ironically, the key may be eating more calories. You can actually hurt your body's ability to lose weight by going too low.
Here's why.
The body has a protective mechanism. When calories drop too low (we recommend a minimum of 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men) the body reacts as if it is starving and tries to conserve energy. It will lower your metabolism, conserve calories and fat, and you will not burn calories as quickly. This results in a slower weight loss or even no weight loss. This is what's know as "Starvation Mode." "

The full article may clear your questions:

TOBI-DAWNE SparkPoints: (13,795)
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11/27/13 9:45 P

I'm consistently below my recommended calorie range. Not because I'm putting in any extra effort to be low... but because I simply find it hard to eat as much as is recommended to allow for the extra fitness time I've been putting in. Today is a prime example. It was recommended I eat 1605 to 1955 calories. So far I've taken in 1194. It's already twenty to nine. So I might be able to do another 150 or so, but there is no way I'm going to be able to pack away another five hundred calories before bed (even if I wanted to, I think I'd make myself sick trying). This leads me to my question: how low is too low? I'm really not trying to be lower than the recommended amount, but I AM listening to my body. Eating when I'm hungry, stopping when I'm full. I'm concerned about eating too little though. I don't want to eat too little, but I also don't want to force myself to eat when I'm just not hungry (because that can't be healthy either).

I have to admit, this is never a problem I thought I'd have. And all considered it's probably not a terrible problem to be dealing with... but I do want to make sure I'm being healthy during this lifestyle change.

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