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STARGAZER420 Posts: 114
6/15/12 9:51 P

I have my weight loss goal set at 10% of my body weight in 10 weeks, or just over 100 pounds in a year. It's a bit extreme, and I may adjust it later, but for now I'm still on track!

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 8:28 P

thanks Dragonchilde, It is good to be reminded not to trek if this is not a linear journey to the goal.

Edited by: KOMTRIA at: 6/16/2012 (10:50)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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6/15/12 8:13 P

That's one thing that the experts here have said is a valid way to use your range. I've seen them say it's totally okay to eat at the high end of your range on busy workout days, and then at the lower on rest days. What matters more than what you eat each day is the total deficit.

Good luck; I think you're on the right track here! Give it a few weeks to take effect, as it can take a while for your body to get used to the new changes. Seeing slight upward shifts in weight when you increase your calories is normal, too, so don't freak out if that happens. It's especially common if you've been undereating. :) It's just your body readjusting, and it'll balance out before you know it.

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 6:02 P

Thanks everyone. I appreciate your help. I am going to leave my calorie goal upped to 1650 and see how it goes. I plan to stagger the totals on a daily basis, some days eating the 1660 worth, some days eating 1400 etc.

Edited by: KOMTRIA at: 6/15/2012 (18:14)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/15/12 5:16 P

KOMTRIA you keep going on about the warning - but you updated the calories burned goal already. You won't get that warning any more.

You never ignore warnings. But you have already acted on that warning and done what is necessary. No further changes are required.

It will only come up again if you track significantly more calories burned than your goal says you should be burning. And then, if it does, you just change the goal again.

Changing the calories burned goal doesn't always change the nutritional range, especially if you're on the lowest setting already (which you are).

As Jen said - how is your weight loss? Are you succeeding at the current intake/burn ratio? Do you feel desperately hungry all the time, or mostly satisfied?

If you're losing, and don't feel always hungry, you don't need more food. If you are always hungry, you might need to compensate your energy burn more with additional food - the secret to that is to put your goal date back out more so you have a lower per week rate of loss.

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6/15/12 4:34 P

Errr, no. You need to make sure you update your goals to accurately reflect your activity so that you don't end up undereating. Ignoring the warning just means you're ignoring its attempts to tell you you haven't given the program enough information.

If you're continuing to receive the message, then you haven't updated that information properly.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/15/2012 (16:35)
KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 3:31 P

So the gist of what I am reading is ignore the red warning about not consuming enough calories when I enter my cardio.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,543
6/15/12 3:24 P

I agree with Dragonchilde :)

Coach Jen

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6/15/12 3:11 P

If that were your sustained monthly weight loss, yes, but it's very common for people to lose a lot of weight in the beginning. It's usually excess fluid and water weight, more than fat. It's unlikely that you'll sustain that rate of weight loss for long. ;O) Most of us settle out to a more healthy, sustainable 1 lb per week loss when we're under 200 lbs. I started out at 211; I lost my first 10 lbs in less than a month. It literally just fell off... it had me scared!

I gained a little of it back, and it's been a slow, upand-down, but ultimately steady loss ever since. You'll find that weight loss isn't a linear process for most of us. There will be weeks you lose, weeks you gain, and weeks that nothing at all happens. It's totally normal!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/15/2012 (15:13)
KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 2:47 P

I started 5/31/2012 and am down 8 pounds. I wouldn't be asking about upping the calories if the red warning message didn't pop up when I enter my cardio. Thanks everyone for your help.Coach Jen you think loosing 6 pounds a month is too much for someone who is 51 pounds overweight?

Edited by: KOMTRIA at: 6/15/2012 (14:50)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,543
6/15/12 1:01 P

How has your weight loss progress been so far? Based on your weight loss goal, losing 1.5 lbs per week is a little aggressive, so it will take a very large change in your calories burned goal to change your recommended calorie range. If you push out your target date, your range will likely go up.

Coach Jen

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 11:27 A

Sp calories set at 1200-1550
start wt 201, height 5'6''
51 pound goal by 1/19/2013
1.5 #/wk
I wouldn't be asking if the red message didn't pop up warning of eating too few calories based on my cardio. I use my eliptical 4 Xs/wk 30 minutes and 2 strength training days/week.
What do you think?
I 'm thinking I should bump the calories up to 1650 or 1700 max /day.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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6/15/12 10:26 A

Hmm, if it didn't change, that may be because you've set a too-aggressive goal for your weight loss. What's your set weekly weight loss, and your height/weight? What's your goal weight/date?

The range doesn't always change, but the fact that it didn't when you increased your exercise so much tells me that you may have some other settings off. What's your calorie range?

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 9:44 A

That's just it, when I changed the fitness goal the calories for the day stayed the same even though the calories burned through exercise doubled.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,769)
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6/15/12 8:37 A

You just enter the weekly calories that you can easily burn every week as your weekly goal. Occasional overactivity in any given week does not require that value to be entered as the weekly expenditure goal. Can you burn 1800kCals every week? If yes, go ahead and enter that as your weekly expenditure goal. Your daily caloric allowance may be affected, but will be calculated automatically based on your weight loss goals, time period you choose to reach those goals, and the weekly caloric expenditure goal that you choose.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 6/15/2012 (08:39)
KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
6/15/12 7:51 A

According to exercise tracker I am burning 1800 calories in my week where my SP setting was around 900 so I get the red message regarding calories.
I am fairly new here so I need assistance in knowing how to figure out how many additional calories to add. Do I take 900/7 and add 128 calories a day to the SP calorie range originally given to me? Thanks in advance.

Edited by: KOMTRIA at: 6/15/2012 (08:00)
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