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AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/8/13 4:28 A

Renata, no, as I said I'd prefer to lose weight slowly. So the target date is 2015. That is, 18 months from now.

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8/7/13 7:38 P

Did you by any chance mean to have 2014 as your target, not 2015? With the amount you're looking to lose and the maximum rate you're looking at, it seems like you're aiming at this coming February (soonest), not the one after that. Ignore me if I'm wrong, but if I'm not it might give you a bit lower of a calorie count than what you currently have. (Not necessarily THAT low, though -- 1000 calories is definitely not necessary! It seems most of the more active women here can manage somewhere upwards of 1500 and do great.)

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 63,954
8/7/13 12:39 P

That range sounds very reasonable based on your current weight and how much exercise you're doing. If you're nervous about eating so much, try slowly increasing your calories until you're within the range SP suggests.

Keep us posted on how things go!

Coach Jen

AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/7/13 11:34 A

Thank you so much for asking, Coach Jen. I used the 'change goal' and reset some of the information. Made 'target date' Februay 16, 2015.
Now, my start page says to eat 1820-2170 cal. (exercise goal is to burn 3000 cal. per week).
That sounds reasonable!

So, I don't know just what was wrong but it seems to be okay / more logical now. Thanks for the support.

I must say I still have a hard time believing that I could (really) lose weight if I eat 1800- 2100 cal. per day...? It would be very good but I guess I'm still conditioned to think I must eat about 1000 calories per day, no more, if one wants to lose weight. (That was the message I got from Weight Watches way back when I was a teen).

Edited by: AMSA30 at: 8/7/2013 (11:36)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 63,954
8/7/13 7:28 A

Did you put in a target date when you set up your program? I think you have to put that info in for it to calculate your calorie range.

Coach Jen

AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/7/13 2:32 A

Thank you so much, Coach Jen.
Current weight: 93 kg. Goal weight: 70 kg. Height: 169 cm. No target date, would prefer to lose no more than 1/2 kg per week. Calories burned per day is about 500, 6 days a week.

Edited by: AMSA30 at: 8/7/2013 (02:33)
MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
8/6/13 7:12 P

LOL, how tall did you say you were? I wonder if it took your height in centimeters and decided it was inches or even FEET, and so it thinks you're like 180 feet tall so OBVIOUSLY you can't weigh less than 1500 pounds without being overweight. XD

This site gets a little funky with the metric system sometimes, though yours has been the most epic example I've seen.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 63,954
8/6/13 7:08 P


If you tell me your current weight, goal weight, target date to lose the weight and verify your calories burned goal, I can check your account and make sure everything is working properly.

Coach Jen

R383CC48 Posts: 1,022
8/6/13 6:40 P

It sounds like something weird is going on with Sparkpeople for you. Maybe the algorithim isn't particularly adept at using kilos. You can figure the math out yourself though:

AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/6/13 4:58 P

I am now totally confused!!!! I set my goal weight at 70 kilograms, which would be a normal BMI for my height. Current and start weight is 93 kg.

I get a window that says: "Our current recommendations will not allow you to set your weight below 681.5 kg. The target weight you entered would put you below the "underweight" level for someone of your height and weight, which could potentially cause a number of health problems. Please set a goal weight of 681.5 kg or more."

681 kg = 1501 pounds!

HUH????!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: AMSA30 at: 8/6/2013 (17:01)
CUECKER SparkPoints: (167,239)
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8/6/13 4:57 P

I use the new Spark People calorie tracker that adjusts depending on how many calories you burn that day. I am very active, but my activity level does vary by day.

I also want to lose weight slowly. I am struggling with the days that I am very active and SP is indicating that I need to eat 2500-2800+ calories that day. I'm not sure I CAN eat that many calories anymore.

But then I wonder if I am putting myself in that "below 1200 calories" zone if I don't. Not sure I'll ever get it right....

AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/6/13 4:53 P

I didn't set an end date... SP did... I think. Will check it and be back tomorrow.

Edited by: AMSA30 at: 8/6/2013 (16:53)
AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/6/13 4:52 P

Fitfoodie, thank you for the link! I tried it and I'm sort of amazed / puzzled by the outcomes, will do the calculating again when I have more time.

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8/6/13 2:53 P

It sounds like you may have set your weight loss goal/end date too aggressively. I can't imagine SparkPeople suggesting the minimum range for someone who burns that many calories. It's worth double checking.

AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/6/13 2:46 P

Thank you Fitfoodie and Coach Jen!

The calorie range that is on my start page says to eat 1200-1550 calories a day. That would be hard for me to do.
I filled in that I burn 3000 calories per week, it still says 1200 - 1550.
I would be fine if I lost weight slowly, I'm not in a hurry, I'd rather lose it slow and keep it off... But I need to know what number of calories I can eat, as a guideline, and still lose (a bit of) weight every week.

Edited by: AMSA30 at: 8/6/2013 (14:48)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 63,954
8/6/13 10:18 A


Have you tried following the calorie range SparkPeople gives you? That's basically the way we calculate how many calories you should be eating, based on your current weight, activity level and weight loss goals.

Coach Jen

FITFOODIE88 SparkPoints: (2,019)
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8/6/13 10:11 A

Hello Ceejay. The easiest thing to do is to use a calorie calculator. I happen to love this one

Once you see your daily calories to maintain weight you can subtract 500 from that number to lose 1 pound per week (or any other number that is maintainable for you).

Based on your estimation that you need 2500 calories to maintain your weight, 1800-2000 calories would yield ~1-1.5 pounds of weight loss per week. That's not SLOWLY by any means (unless you have a considerable amount of weight to lose). It's not so lofty that it would be impossible to maintain either so test the waters and be willing to adjust.

Best of luck!

Edited by: FITFOODIE88 at: 8/6/2013 (10:12)
AMSA30 Posts: 13
8/6/13 10:03 A

(I'm new to counting calories and tracking. So please be patient with me... emoticon )

I read that in order to keep the weight I have, I should eat 2000 calories per day.
This, however, is a general average for people who are 'not very active'.
My life would be 'not very active' if I did not exercise daily, which I do: I burn an average of say, 450 - 500 calories per day through exercise.
So that means I need about 2500 calories per day to keep the weight I have?

Then, if I want to lose weight SLOWLY, would I be okay with that goal if I ate say 1800-2000 calories per day?

Can someone tell me if this is sensible reasoning or not? If not, what is?

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