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DRAGONCHILDE
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6/14/12 11:11 P

You aren't being given a single number to eat; You're given a range, and for a reason! You can eat anywhere in your given range and still lose weight. :) Even at the top! Many people will eat at the top of their range on exercise days, and at the bottom on non-exercise days.



WHITTYB58
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6/14/12 9:55 P

Thank you all for the responses and advice. I especially appreciate the advice of learning what is the max. number to eat and still lose weight.

I adjusted my workout in the fitness tracker. Since I am planning on doing 2 hours of yoga and zumba in a class... and then 2 days of 30 minutes at home... I said I would do 4 days at 45 minutes each... which would balance it all out.

I also purchased a heart monitor today, so I am excited to start using it.

My calorie count also came up- so now its having me eat around 1330 calories.

Thanks again everyone.



MOTIVATED@LAST
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6/14/12 9:21 P

The balance between intake and exercise depends a lot on individual circumstances.

Your workout plan sounds reasonable - just enter that amount of time into your Exercise Goals (accessible from the LH side of the Start page), and then Spark will take care of all the rest for you.

M@L



EMMANYC
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6/14/12 8:05 P

Why are you limiting yourself to only 1200 calories a day? I know that it can be tempting to eat as few calories as possible, and exercise a lot, to lose weight quickly, but this can backfire. Something I've tried to keep in mind (good advice from someone else on SP) is that, ideally, you want to find the maximum (not minimum) number of healthy calories that you can eat and continue to lose weight slowly but surely (e.g., 1-2 pounds per week), and then maintain your loss. If you eat too little, you're likely to lose muscle mass, which will end up slowing down your metabolism, which will make it harder to lose weight (or to keep it off once you've lost it).

On the exercise side of the equation, my goal is to exercise today/this week in a way that means I'll still be exercising next year. In other words, I exercise regularly enough for it to become a habit but not so often/so hard that I either burn out, get bored or get injured. Also, I don't want to put myself in a situation where I can only maintain my weight by doing hours and hours of cardio every week (and eating very little). So when I was trying to lose weight (and I started at about your weight - I was 157), I ate about 1200-1500 calories per day, did about 2 to 2 1/2 hours of cardio per week (plus some easy walking to and from the office), and strength training twice per week. Now that I'm (usually) in maintenance mode, I can maintain on about 1500-1800 calories per day (at a weight of 125-130), and my exercise habits are about the same.



WHITTYB58
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6/14/12 6:25 P

Im planning on doing 2 days of exercising for a hour (zumba class and vinyasa yoga) and 30 minutes 2x a week at home.

Im currently at 150, eating around 1200 ( though I've been morw like 1300ish...) and ideally Id like to be 130.

:) sorry for any typos. On droid!

Im hoping to lose 1 pound a week.

Edited by: WHITTYB58 at: 6/14/2012 (18:27)

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DRAGONCHILDE
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6/14/12 6:18 P

If you're doing more than 30 minutes, 3 X per week, you'll need to update your fitness goals based on how much you're doing. You don't tailor your fitness to your calorie range, you tailor your calorie range to fit your fitness.

Accurately enter your fitness goals, and the Sparkpeople website will calculate your ranges accordingly. If you're very active, 1200 calories is likely not enough. You have a range for a reason! You may need to eat at the top of your range on exercise days, or make sure the range calculated is appropriate for your exercise level.

What is your current weight loss goal per week? As close as you are to your goal, anything more than 1 lb per week may be inappropriately aggressive. You may even have to aim for .5 per week (you don't list your actual weight, so it's difficult to say.



WHITTYB58
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6/14/12 6:16 P

Hi! Thanks for the response! So there isn't some magical number I should do because I'm eating such low calories? I will adjust that when I get home!



JENNYLT1
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6/14/12 6:13 P

Hey, SP's default fitness setting is working out 3x/week for 30 minutes. You can change it on your start page to more accurately reflect what you're doing. Since you're not just starting out anymore, you should change it. Track what your burn in a normal week, then input that number into your fitness goal. :)



WHITTYB58
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6/14/12 5:47 P

Hello all!

I am slightly confused... so I am hoping you all can help clear something up for me!

I've been reading about weight loss and there are different answers at different sites- so my brain just stopped.

I am currently trying to eat around 1200 calories a day... no sodas.. only water and tea.

I am working out between 3-5x a week, and it varies from 30 minutes to an hour.

I bought a handy dandy heart monitor today. How many calories PER WEEK, should I try to burn during my exercises? The guide here says I've gone over my limit with two yoga classes and a zumba class..

I feel like that can't be right. What is the "approach" you all take? I want to be calorie-burned- tracking and doing this correctly.

There are websites with so many formulas.. some are telling me to eat 1700 calories.. some are saying 1200... some are saying 2000 calories plus an hour a day..

I don't get it. CONFUSION!

Edited by: WHITTYB58 at: 6/14/2012 (17:52)


 
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