How much do you weigh now? How close are you to a healthy weight? How much extra exercise do you do, and did you enter the calories burned into your fitness tracker (not just what you burned for the day, but in the box on your set-up page)? What is your goal per week? If you only have 20-25 pounds to lose, you have a low calories burned number in your tracker and a 2 pound a week goal, yeah, your range will be low. If you think it's all entered correctly, I'd start from scratch. Re-enter everything and see what happens. You could also double check with a BMR calculator/formula, use a moderate multiplier (people notoriously overestimate their activity levels) and then subtract 10-20% from that for a calorie goal to lose.
What values was your friend using in suggesting that value? I agree 1900 is exceptionally high for weight loss and seems more of a maintenance range. Was she using your current weight, the weight you want to be, the time you want to lose it in, your activity level, your exercise, and your BMR in giving you 1900 as a goal?
1/29/13 1:38 P
I entered all the information correctly, so I'm not sure what the issue is. My friend asked me about all the things I do in a day and how much exercise and she figured I burn about 2600 calories a day. So, 1200-1500 seems pretty drastic, even for weight loss. I do want to lose a lot of weight this year, but I'm worried I'll plateau if I'm not eating enough.
What is your goal set at? If you don't have much to lose, and you set a 2 pounds per week goal, then you'll likely get the lowest range. Are your exercise calories properly entered into your fitness tracker? Is the 1900 calorie recommendation a maintenance figure, or does it take wanted loss into account? (My maintenance figure, using a BMR formula and a moderate activity modifer, is around 1800.) If you used a BMR calculator, did you use too high of an activity modifier? I'd look at all of those things, and readjust accordinly. If you think your SP range is too low, then eat more. If you lose, great, if you don't, then maybe give the SP range a shot. It's all a giant science experiment anyway.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/29/2013 (13:01)
1/29/13 12:53 P
I've been following the spark recommended calorie intake of 1200-1550, but when I calculate it on other sites, it says I should be eating around 1900 calories based on my info. My friend is studying food science and she says that is a really low recommendation too. Any thoughts?
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