I SO agree that we're given a range for a reason. Some days I'm not as hungry and I can stay near the bottom of my range, no problem. Other days I'm hungrier, and I eat near the top. I see no point in traipsing around with a growling belly and feeling lightheaded.
The more important thing I reckon would be the types of food you're choosing to eat. A serving of potato chips or a couple cookies will give you some calories, but will not help with the hunger as much as say some peanut butter on a few whole-grain crackers or string cheese (or some nuts) and an apple. I try to always hit at least the bottom of my range with solid, nutritious choices, no junk or treats. I want to give my body the nutrients it needs, to cope with daily functions and the exercise I do.
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3/17/13 6:57 P
I have been on SP for 10 weeks now and have lost weight weekly until the last 2 weeks. I normally keep my calorie intake at the lower level. The last 2 days I have gone to the mid to upper levels. I am thinking my matabolism has slowed down so eating more should help budge it up a bit. We shall see. Thanks for your post.
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2,654 1/30/13 10:29 A
totally agree with the PP.i find that fiber one cereal 57% fiber is great with only 60 calories for serving also lots of protein and veggies help a lot
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9,707 1/30/13 10:26 A
Yes, you will still be able to lose the weight. You're provided a range for a reason! Experiment within it to find what works for you. I almost always eat at the top of the range, and well, my ticker speaks for itself. :)
Everyone's different, of course, so use the range. I will say that eating at the bottom will not make you lose faster. Many people like to cycle their calories; they'll eat at the top of their range on exercise days, and the bottom on non-exercise days. If you're not getting enough to eat at the low end, then please do aim for the middle or the high... 1410 may not be enough for you, especially if you're regularly exercising.
1/30/13 10:09 A
I eat at the upper end of my range, most days. I only have a couple lbs to lose, and it's not hindering me. The choices of foods are what keep me full. Healthy fats, protein, and complex carbs really do wonders...so does fiber. The combo of foods you eat are what should keep you feeling full, for the most part.
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1/30/13 9:58 A
I just started SparkPeople on Saturday. My range for calories is 1410-1760. I'm trying to lose 1 pound a week, with almost 50 pounds to lose. I would prefer to stay at the lower end of the calorie intake, as I think that would help me lose the weight, but I feel that I don't get enough to eat in the day. Where do you keep your calorie range? Will I still be able to lose the weight if I take in closer to the 1760 calories? I would just like to feel more full, especially because if I don't eat a lot of food I get really lightheaded and moody.
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