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MUNKOS Posts: 1,007
2/27/14 8:01 P

Thanks Becky! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something this time around! I kinda like it this way better, I practically had to run daily marathons last time to get the little warning to pop up that I needed to adjust my calorie in take!!

2/27/14 6:56 P

You know that eating too few calories can backfire with hunger (and then binge eating); it can also leave you with less energy to devote to your daily activities and your exercise. Thus a slowing of weight loss.

I also know that it is easy to "overestimate exercise" and "overeat calories" and thus slow weight loss too.

I usually suggest an experiment where you "eat back" maybe 1/2 of the calories you burn through planned exercise. Monitor your weight loss and "how" you feel, your energy, your hunger, etc....You will soon be able to determine the most effective plan for yourself.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

MUNKOS Posts: 1,007
2/27/14 5:34 P

Thank you! I do know the weight loss will slow soon. I am still a good 18lbs "overweight" (I'm a shorty!) so I probably have a couple of weeks before it slows down and I have to really giver on the exercise front. Last time I made it to about 140 before it got tough and came off much slower, so I'm hoping for similar results this time!

But, regardless of whatever deficit I am trying to create, 500 or 1000 a day, if I burn 150, 200, 500 calories isn't it counterintuitive to then eat all of that back? Or has that changed recently? I know before the calorie ranges only changed if you were creating too much of a deficit, now it seems to change no matter what. (Or, is it changing because my range is 1200-1550 and I can't go below 1200?)

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2/27/14 4:34 P

Actually, at your weight, maintaining a 1,000 calorie deficit each day may be tough to do. The less you have to lose, the slower it will come off, so you really don't weigh enough to manage a 2 lb a week weight loss. 3% of your weight loss goal is a good rule of thumb. If you have 25 lbs to lose, you can reasonably aim for around .75 to 1 lb a week.

MUNKOS Posts: 1,007
2/27/14 4:22 P

I should also add, I am primarily using the app where it automatically adds those calories to my daily limit VS the website where it has that little "you can eat X more calories today!" Below the original calorie range.

MUNKOS Posts: 1,007
2/27/14 4:19 P

Hi there,

I used SP to lose my initial weight before becoming pregnant, and I am not back to lose the 25 or so lbs of baby weight I need to drop.

I have been at it for 4 weeks and have lost 7.6 pounds in that time. I recently discovered I can now connect my trackers so my daily exercise influences my calorie allotment.

But, for those of us who have smaller amounts to lose, isn't it ideal to create a deficit from both exercise and diet? I feel like in terms of weightloss goals, eating back my exercise calories defeats the purpose of aiming for a specific amount of calories burned.

Spark has my BMR set at 2060, so in order to create a 1000 calorie a day deficit without eating under 1200 I would need to burn 140 calories a day without eating an additional 140, right?

Just confused either changes as I know before SP only change your calories if you were consistently burning too many calories for your current range. Thanks!

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