I meant to add that I have put in my most common exercises in using MET values to figure out calories burned. For example, the MET value for swimming, crawl, slow to moderate effort is 5.8. I take my weight in kilograms x MET value of 5.8 to tell me how many calories I would burn in an hour.
5.8 x 107 = 626 calories
If I use swimming, crawl exercise from Sparkpeople it says I would burn 1300 calories an hour. That is more than double! So I am very careful to be sure I have a very good estimate on my burn rate before eating more. I think a MET value can give you a more accurate burn rate and, after you enter in your most common exercises once it isn't that hard to use them that way. As I lose weight though, I have to change the calories burned since my weight is part of the equation. It is worth it to me though because I definitely do not want to OVER estimate my burn rate by 100%!!
I love Spark and have just come back about five weeks ago after a LONG hiatus. I do notice a lot of changes but, in most cases, there are options. Yesterday was first time I noticed the option to link fitness tracker to nutrition tracker. I workout roughly 2.5-3 hours a day between morning cardio, afternoon cardio (usually as an organzied class at the gym) and then an hour of laps in the pool. I have been losing 1.5-2 pounds each week in last four weeks but I really felt, with all I'm doing, I could hit at least ONE 3 pound week. The reason I didn't lose the first two weeks is I was only eating 1100-1200 calories on average. Once I increased to 1400-1600 I started losing.
Point is, yesterday I linked my tracker when I saw the option (and because I was super hungry and trying to see if I had an option for another snack in my plan for the day) and was definitely surprised to see my calories jump to 3,867 as a MINIMUM.
Bah ha ha! Since that was at 4 p.m. and I live in a hotel Sun-Thurs each week there was slim to no chance I was going to eat another 2200 calories for the day. Although I admit a pint of Haagen Daaz crossed my mind as an option! LOL. I am not sure I will keep this option "on" but it was eye opening to me that I can, and probably should, eat a lot more due to my exercise schedule...and I would still lose weight. :-)
Thank you SparkPeople for giving me choices on how I make my choices!!
I add my support to those who want the old tracker back. I so dislike the new tracker for strength training that I have stopped tracking my exercise. I love SP but if I could find another website for tracking food and exercise I would at this point.
I don't know if they have plans to bring it back or not. And I never used it, I don't think. At least I don't remember using anything except what I'm using.
So I probably shouldn't respond, But this might be a work around for you.
I have some bits and pieces of simple equipment that I use in a kind of home circuit of a combination of strength/cardio exercises. I don't keep track of how long on each one, but get around the circuit a couple of times in 10 minutes.
So I enter my own exercise, call it Home Circuit and estimate how many calories I burned. I store it in My Favorites. So now, I am able to enter minutes and my estimate of calories every time I do my circuit. And if I change up my circuit, I don't need to do anything differently in the tracker.
I have the same set up for when I do my own "circuit" in the pool instead of taking a water exercise class. I call it "Treading LIghtly" and now enter my minutes and my estimate, somewhere in between the burn of a water exercise class and that of treading water, since I do everything in the deep end.
I agree with the original poster. Please, please bring back the original fitness tracker as an option. The new one is so much more time-consuming to use. I really don't like it. And I have no idea how much time I spend on each strength exercise, I don't pay attention to that aspect of strength training.
BRAVELUTE, I believe you are on the right track by tracking your expected work-outs ahead of time. That way, you know early on how many calories you're going to need to fuel your whole day.
As for making sure you're properly "fooded" (I LOVE that by the way), just make sure you're eating the right stuff before your workout. My favorite pre-workout snack is a banana with raw, unsalted peanut butter. It never fails me. And for my post-workout snack (after downing like, 24oz of water) I usually have 8oz of ovaltine with non-fat milk. It has a lot of essential vitamins to help replace what you lose after a workout.
The good thing is that now you can switch between the trackers. Choose what's best for you!
Are we talking about the ancient tracker or last months vs this months tracker, the newest one that varies the amount of calories in the nutrition tracker as you track your fitness.
If you eat according to the recommendation at the bottom of your nutrition tracker and wait until bedtime to track your workout, you could end up needing to eat an elephant for your bedtime snack.
On the other hand, I enter my plans: an hour in the pool in the morning and another hour at night. A mile walk in the morning. A mile walk at night. Then I plan my meals for the day accordingly.
By the time the evening workouts come around, I've eaten all my calories based on my planned workouts. The problem comes with Florida storms. You don't go walking or swimming during thunderstorms. I can walk indoors as a substitute. But I haven't found anything I can do for an hour to give the the equivalent of 600 treading water calories. And having calories left over to eat the next day, or make up the next day doesn't seem to happen.
So why do it?
Tracking my fitness has gotten me out of my recliner and moving a lot. My weight loss has stayed right on target. But I am very concerned now. I haven't gone crazy with the system just to get to eat whatever I want, but I also DO NOT want my progress to stop because of this weird system.
What are we to do? Just ignore the recommended calories? Eat to the recommended calories the day after and ignore what the system is telling us?
And it seems to me, we need to make sure we are properly "fooded" (like hydrated but with nutrients our body needs) prior to strenuous workouts, not afterwards.
I read the information about the new system, But I still don't understand why someone thinks it's better to track daily than to take a possible average of suspected fitness calorie burn.
Sorry, but I don't believe that will be an option. I will pass along your feedback though.
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Please bring back the old Fitness Tracker. I was very loyal to logging on and recording all my activity. Since the change I have tried to adapt but it's not happening and I am not logging onto SparkPeople as often as before and it is hard to keep my weight at goal. The old Fitness Tracker was great. Please, please, bring back the old tracker.
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