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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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9/25/13 3:22 P

When you enter the amount of calories you burn (on average) per week into your "fitness setup", Spark will automatically adjust your calorie range with your same weight loss goal factored in.

ARIA_DIA Posts: 17
9/25/13 11:57 A

depends on how much per week you're planning on losing in weight.
If you are wanting to lose 1lb a week you should be balancing your diet and exercise to be roughly 500 calories below your resting metabolic rate (which varies depending on age, gender, weight and height). 1lb is equivalent to 3500 calories.

What you DONT want to do is increase your exercise without adjusting your food intake or your body will go into starvation mode and save every little bit of fat it can or start using your muscles for energy.

Spark's new system has allotted for this with their new way of tracking what you eat and "giving you back" calories. Their system ALREADY removes the 500 calories a day from your starting calories, so don't cut yourself short!

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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9/25/13 11:40 A

link your calorie count to your exercise counter (I only recently learned about it myself); that way you stay where you are, but whatever you burn each day gets added to your avg;
so if you're eating 1200-1550, but work out 250 that day, your intake will go up to 1450-1800 automatically, then start at 1200-1550 the next day

KAIRIAH SparkPoints: (2,405)
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9/25/13 11:33 A

So, I've been eating healthy, and counting calories, for about 5-6 months now. I've lost 44lbs (280-236lbs). And have been eating an average of 1200-1500 calories per day. Now, as of this coming week, I'm adding exercise to my healthy lifestyle. I wanted to wait until I had the healthy eating in hand before I tried to add exercise on top of that. So, I'm planning on starting with a Couch - 5k plan that I found, and then doing cardio dancing in the evens before my shower, after work.

My question is simple. I know I need to up my calories, but I still want to maintain a decent amount of weight loss. Just curious as to what I should do?

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