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BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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5/2/13 1:08 P

I am so impressed by all the great responses that I have received! Thanks for your input.

BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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5/2/13 12:58 P

Thanks for your reply. I don't want to switch to WW. I just wondered what the difference was. I can see your point about fruits and veggies. I will stick with the SP way!

BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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5/2/13 12:51 P

Thanks for your reply. It makes a lot of sense. emoticon

ANARIE Posts: 13,124
5/2/13 12:21 P

The 650 is the default. The system assumes that beginners aren't going to exercise much (and are going to overestimate the calories burned when they do.) The system deliberately starts at a burn amount that won't affect calorie needs very much.

It's good that you're planning t do more, but it's also important not to overestimate. Do you really think you will burn 3500 calories a week? That's quite a lot; it's not really allowing for you to have a rest day. Even if you do think you're going to do that much, it might still be better to underestimate a bit in the information you give the computer. Then if you have to skip a day, you won't have been eating too much the rest of the week.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,660
5/2/13 12:02 P

Many of my friends are WW and complain they can't lose (as well) since the program went to PP. I am a firm believer that eating too little can hurt weight loss efforts. It 's your choice but whichever method you chose give it time to work. And good luck to you.

After thought: WW also considers fruits and vegetables free and at SP everything counts. Your comparing "apples to oranges".

Edited by: GRAMCRACKER46 at: 5/2/2013 (12:04)
ELENGIL Posts: 957
5/2/13 11:27 A

Also keep in mind, I believe Weight Watchers, for example, will allow you so many extra points based on your exercise level. Spark increasing your range is basically the same thing, only it's making it less optional so you can actually maintain that level of activity. Just like a car, if you don't fuel your activity, you won't be running so well!

We all want to lose weight *now* but a slow loss really is the best approach. It's easier on your body and you're more likely to be able to maintain your goal weight once you reach it. What's the point of losing weight quickly if you just put it right back on again?


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 64,590
5/2/13 9:24 A

Hi Carol

It's hard to compare your range between those on other sites, because we all calculate things a little differently. Your calories burned goal was based on an average amount of exercise (3 times per week) at your current weight. If you are burning 3500 per week, it's good that you updated that number.

Here's an article that explains how we calculate your calorie range if you're interested:

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

BENGEC1 SparkPoints: (7,572)
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5/2/13 9:15 A

Dear Spark Friends:

I have several friends on Weight Watchers or other weight loss programs. They have a calories to burn goal of 3500 calories and an intake of 1200. Why is my goal only 650 calories to burn per week with a 1200-1550 calorie intake? I manually reset my calories to burn to 3500 per week, but my calorie intake increased to 1600. My current weight is161.5 pounds. My friends are in about the same range.

PS I love Sparkpeople!

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