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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/8/13 12:09 A

Basically, the result you get is the result of the inputs. If you feel 1200-1550 is a better fit for you right now, change your goal date and bring it a few weeks closer. This will cause you to have to 'lose more weight per week', and drop your range.

That is the minimum range though, and if you can reach your goal on 1300+, why eat less?! :)

ANTIQUEGMA Posts: 2,276
4/7/13 9:31 P

It recalculates, that is good to know. But, I definitely am not losing faster than I wanted to lose. Spark calculated my goal could be reached by May, (started in September), but I still have 34.5# to lose. Thanks for the input.

Edited by: ANTIQUEGMA at: 4/7/2013 (21:31)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/7/13 8:04 P

Any time you save that page it recalculates your calorie needs from scratch entirely, not based on the change you just made.

Most likely your weigh-ins indicate you're losing a little faster than you'd planned, so to lose the smaller amount left by the same goal date, you lose less per week, which translates to more food per week.

ANTIQUEGMA Posts: 2,276
4/7/13 5:46 P

Trying to find an answer to my question.......been on Spark since Sept. 2012. I'm 4' 11 1/2". Do to a heart that beats too fast the only exercise I do is walk and I walk 4 miles a day. I pretty well stick to this and have for a few months at least. When I first set up all my goals, I think I set it for around 14 miles and it said I should eat approx. 1200 to ?, the calories keep going up. About a month ago, I went in and was checking goals and such and change a few but when I put it back to where I had it the calories change to 1290, now today it happened again. It was fine until I wanted to see if it would change if I changed my walking but when I put it back to 28 miles and the calories I expect to burn is the same it changed to 1320 calories as low end. The only real change I've done is increase my walking from 21 to 28 a week a FEW MONTHS ago. Why should my calories increase today? In the past year I've lost about 32#, 14.5 since I joined Spark and 8.5 in the past 11 weeks, so I don't think I need to increase my calories now. I still have 34.5# to reach my goal. Any suggestions, comments or answers to this will be greatly appreciated.

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 2,507
4/5/13 5:21 P

I agree it seems like a lot, but as we've learned its good to do this slow and steady to maintain the weight loss. You don't want to hurt yourself by either getting sick or falling off the "wagon" because you are starving somewhere in nutrients.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/5/13 4:07 P

Maybe. I think GRAM's post is a great one. Don't think of "you should eat this much fat" as meaning "you should have cheeseburgers".

There are healthy sources of fat, carbs, and proteins. And it's the healthy sources we should be turning to most. And from those healthy sources, *that much* (your guides) is how much we should be eating. :)

LADYK16 SparkPoints: (4,182)
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4/5/13 3:30 P

UNIDENT and GRAMCRACKER46 - Thanks for the advice. Maybe I was just getting freaked out by the high numbers, and not really considering the healthy sources of food those numbers can come from.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,765
4/5/13 3:24 P

LADYK ~ I do know how you feel. But we need to redefine carbs and fats in our thinking. Instead of thinking of carbs as cookies, cakes and pasta, think carrots, green beans, apples and whole wheat bread.
Instead of thinking of fats as butter, cream, shortening and French fries, think nuts, peanut butter, olive oil and avocado.
Get the idea?

Good luck to you. emoticon

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/5/13 3:17 P

"That is too much fat, carbs, and protein, but the calories are right"?

Have you worked that out?

Because, if you eat less fat, carbs, and proteins, where are those additional calories coming from to make that many calories per day?

It can't be low on all three - it wouldn't add up to those calorie values.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/5/13 3:15 P

Those values are correct.

At mid-range figures, the fat range will be 30% of your total calorie intake, and the carb range will be 55%. That is just right.

The question then becomes - what do you think is right, where did you get that information from? Are you working on information from invalid sources? Have you been lead to believe wrong things your whole life by "the media"?

And yeah, what happened to 1900-2300 calories?

LADYK16 SparkPoints: (4,182)
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4/5/13 3:11 P

Coach Jen - The only thing I changed was the goal date of my weight loss, and that adjusted the calories. So you are saying the other totals all look good too? That just seems like a lot of carbs and fat! Even with my unhealthy eating habits in the past I don't think I consumed that many carbs.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,435
4/5/13 3:08 P

That calorie range sounds reasonable, much lower than what you first posted. What changed?

The minimum amount of protein recommended for any female is 60 grams per day. That's just for overall good health. We recommend 45-60% of your daily calories come from carbs.

Coach Jen

LADYK16 SparkPoints: (4,182)
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4/5/13 3:06 P

Spark Coach Jen - Current weight is 295 and goal is 175. Here are my current recommedations, per SP.

Consume between 1470 & 1820 calories per day
Consume between 33 & 71 grams of fat per day.
Consume between 165 & 296 grams of carbohydrates per day.
Consume between 60 & 159 grams of protein per day.
Consume between 500 & 2300 mg of Sodium, Na

The recommended carbs and fat seem way off! The calorie count however, seems right. Also, there is no way I am going to get more than 60g of protein a day either. Is this right?

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/5/13 2:49 P

Yes, those are big numbers for losing.

Here is how Spark works out your range:

You can go through that and calculate it yourself to see what it should be. If it works out different, then something in your setup inputs is wrong and needs fixing - look for the entries for the same figures you input while manually stepping through the values.

If it comes up the same - there's a chance that it could be because you're a person with significant weight to lose. The more there is to lose, the more 'off' all calculators are. They average and estimate, and they end up not being very good for the very skinny or the very obese.

If that is the case, try seeing if eating somewhere between 1500 and 2000 leaves you feeling satisfied okay and also leads to some loss, and then adjust as necessary from there.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,435
4/5/13 2:01 P

What is your current weight and goal weight? How many calories have you set the program to lose per week? What is your calories burned goal?

Coach Jen

KARA623 Posts: 727
4/5/13 9:42 A

That's pretty high unless you're on maintenance and burning a ton of calories. I'm on maintenance and burn 3000+, and my calorie range is 1780-2080.

You may need to go back to your start page and enter your goal: how much your currently weigh, how much you want to lose and by what date, and how many calories you burn per week.

LADYK16 SparkPoints: (4,182)
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4/5/13 9:31 A

Hi - I'm trying to begin using the food tracker, but I noticed just now that my recommended allowances, as per SP, seem WAY off. I feel like this is way too many calories, carbs, fat, and protein to take in when trying to lose weight. Could this be off? Does anyone else have high numbers like this?

Totals: 0 0 0 0
Your Daily Goal: 1,990 - 2,340 224 - 380 44 - 91 75 - 205
Remaining Today: 1,990 - 2,340 224 - 380 44 - 91 75 - 205

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