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BLBST36
Posts: 348
6/7/12 2:44 P

I just posted a thread before I saw this. Thanks everyone for the information! I didn't know it would change based on fitness settings



FLOWERMUM1
SparkPoints: (1,219)
Fitness Minutes: (1,315)
Posts: 25
6/7/12 2:19 P

Thank you everyone, makes sense !



SMERRIMAN7
Posts: 296
6/7/12 9:47 A

Two main reasons I can think of why your calorie/nutrition range would have increased.

1) You increased your cardio plan. If Spark was under the impression you were burning 1000 calories a week, and you changed this to 2000 - for example - without changing your weight loss goals, then ~1000 calories a week would be added to your nutrition ranges.

2) You have been losing weight ahead of schedule. Say your original goal was to lose 100 pounds in 52 weeks, Spark gave you a calorie range. Lets say you lost the first 50 pounds in 10 weeks. You'd only have 50 pounds left, and 42 weeks, so the lower pound per week goal would mean a higher # of calories.



SP_COACH_DEAN
SparkPoints: (90,394)
Fitness Minutes: (140,433)
Posts: 15,057
6/7/12 9:45 A

Changing your weekly exercise goal does have an effect on your recommended calorie range, in many cases. Here's an article that explains how the numbers work:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
lation101.asp


Hope this helps.

Coach Dean



NANCYWRUSSELL
Posts: 246
6/7/12 6:59 A

When I began logging my fitness minutes I noticed that my calorie allowance increased also. I don't know the technical reason but would suspect that, with the fitness minutes taken into account, our bodies need more calories to work efficiently. It is taking a little effort to "eat more" when I am accustomed to keeping calorie count around 1200 but I have decided that SparkPeople know what they are talking about and wouldn't have increased the calorie count if it wasn't necessary. So enjoy another helping of Greek Yogurt or Coconut Water. That's what I'm doing!



FLOWERMUM1
SparkPoints: (1,219)
Fitness Minutes: (1,315)
Posts: 25
6/7/12 4:47 A

I just wanted some quick advice as to why my calorie allowance has gone upwards? Is it because I have now started to log my exercise minutes? Would I do better to just stick to my lower allowance or use the extras. I have lost 30lbs since January with the help of SP, although I must confess I do not log everything but after reading The Spark who cannot say its the BEST APPROACH EVER!!!!! Thank yo so much, Sarah from the UK emoticon



 
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