2000 calories in a week is not overdoing it - in fact, this is probably a pretty good general fitness range, without risking overtraining.
But most people start needing to eat more once they get into the 2000-3000 range (depending on personal circumstances).
Update your Spark Exercise Goals (accessible from the LH side) to reflect your increased level of exercise. Spark uses this to come up with an intake recommendation appropriate for your needs.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Fitness Minutes: (59,320)
1/18/13 9:33 P
This was just my personal experience, but the FIRST time I lost a subtantial amount (about 80 pounds), I did it by what I now refer to as "exercise bullemia" -- I did watch what I ate, but basically went nuts with the exercise. Eventually, I was up to a couple hours of intense exercise every day, plus a "long run" (10+ miles) on Sundays.
What happened was (1) I never did get to goal, because I just couldn't get more exercise in, or eat any less, and (2) I eventually got injured -- and gaied my weight back so fast I could hardly believe it. And that was WITH maintaining my food journaling and calorie level.
This time, although I did restrict my calories pretty substantially during the weight loss phase (while under a doctor's care), and did exercise vigorously and regularly (2-3 30 min sessions a week, plus one longer one, usually an hour), I made sure that exercise stayed relatively light in the beginning and worked my way up. This time I did get to goal, and the health issues that have forced me to cut back drastically on movement (let alone exercise) over the last year have not derailed my maintenance at all, much to my surprise.
I know the temptation right now is to do "Biggest Loser" style crazy exercise and get to goal fast -- but as even many former BL contestants will tell you, the problem with that is you have to keep that up to keep the weight off. If you dont want to (or don't think you can) keep up this intensity forever, then don't go there. My advice (and I am of course no expert in anyone's body other than my own) would be to keep it sustainable, and remember this is about the rest of your life, not just the next few months. Good luck!
Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,692 1/18/13 9:04 P
Potentially, yes. It's important to update your fitness goals to ensure you're eating enough to support that level of activity. Burning too much while eating too little can be counterproductive, and actually slow your weight loss efforts.
Here's a great set of articles that will help you watch for the signs of overtraining:
Fitness Minutes: (555)
1/18/13 8:43 P
I am just starting out and am aiming for 2000-2500 calories burned per week.... its difficult, and there is a risk of being too gung-ho at the beginning and burning out (me, 1000 times), but if you feel good, and you are working it into your life so that other things aren't getting put off or backed up, then its totally fine!
eat food. not too much. mostly plants.
Goal 1: 160lbs by May 15 (breast reduction day!) Goal 2: 150 by July 1 (summer!!) Goal 3: 135-140 by December 1 (ultimate goal weight)
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