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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
3/27/14 3:30 P

I would just eat what you can, and eventually, you may work up to 1900 calories. You eat enough that you aren't slowing down your metabolism, so the only real problem from eating 500-1000 calories below what they say, is you may lose too fast. If you planned to lose 1 lb a week, and are losing 3.. it's because you are 1000 calories a day below where you are supposed to be eating.

If your weight loss on the other hand is right around where you want it to be, then don't change anything. The ranges are only as accurate as the info, and you might be able to find a more accurate measure of what you are burning, but the best measure of whether you are eating right, is the scale. It might not budge every week, but should average what you want to lose. If you think you are 1000 calories low, and losing 1 lb. a week, you are probably only 500 calories low, and it is just that measuring exercise calories, isn't an exact thing. There is some wiggle room with food labels, and as you probably noticed when looking up exercise, they vary.

So as long as you are losing weight .. great. If you are losing too fast, eat more. Make adjustments based on results, not on math formulas.

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3/26/14 6:47 P

Thanks for the feedback I will keep looking into the treadmill numbers. Everything I have seen says that the incline is what is making the difference. I used the spark site's tracker for it then I checked others. One I have been using is :http://42.195km.net/e/treadsim/

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3/26/14 6:38 P

Thanks for the feedback I will keep looking into the treadmill numbers. Everything I have seen says that the incline is what is making the difference. I used the spark site's tracker for it then I checked others. One I have been using is :http://42.195km.net/e/treadsim/

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3/26/14 6:30 P

I think 900 calories would be a bit ambitious. A general rule of thumb for walking is around 100 calories a mile... obviously, you'll burn a bit more than that at 220 than you would at 150, but 225 calories a mile is probably overestimating. I'm not saying it's not possible, it just seems unlikely, especially at 3 MPH. I'm not that much lighter than you, and even when running intervals I don't burn that much per mile.

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3/26/14 6:22 P

I started this about a week ago at 220, I am averaging 4 miles a day on the treadmill at a 6% to 10% incline 3mph, so I looked up the calories that burns on this website and 2 others to verify. I only put in the calorie amount for a 6% even though I do much of it on a higher incline. Also I haven't been adding in the calories for splitting wood etc that do almost daily. Thanks for your input.

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3/26/14 6:00 P

That's actually right. I've lost the weight I have averaging 1600-1800-- or more! The more you move, the more you need to support that activity. I know it may seem counterintuitive, but when it comes to weight loss, eating less isn't always better! Eating more helps keep your metabolism running, and helps your body burn fat more effectively when you exercise.

2400 *might* be on the high end of things, for most people, especially since calorie estimates can be a little high. Experimenting on your range, though, isn't a bad idea. If you really are burning 900 calories in a day, 1400 would not be enough to support that level of activity. What kind of exercise, and how much, are you doing to hit those numbers?

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3/26/14 4:48 P

I am new to spark and have been enjoying the accountability so far. when I start the day my minimum calorie level is 1440-1790 calories, I usually work out enough to burn 450-900 calories a day. Bringing my total allowed calories up to 1900 to 2400 or thereabouts and I am probably eating about 1400 a day on average. It's hard to imagine that eating more calories would be helping me lose weight faster.Today my adjusted calories after exercise (934) are still 1700 on the low end and that is after eating breakfast and lunch, so if I understand it correctly that means I can have at least 1700 more calories for dinner and snack. That just seems like way too much to me. Please give me any advice you may have. thanks.

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