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KISSES40
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6/19/13 9:37 P

Thanks! I didn't thinking that. I usually don't eat my minimum calories, which I know is bad too. I appreciate your input and will try to do this. :)



AZULVIOLETA6
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6/19/13 1:46 P

I get a similar range based on my size and activity level, but the reality is that anything more than 1200-1300 and I won't lose weight. For me, carbs are more important though...I need to be around 100 and certainly lower than 150 if I want to lose and not just maintain.

The only way to find this out is to track everything that you eat and watch the trends over time.



AMANDANCES
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6/19/13 9:10 A

What seems to be working for me is just trying to maintain a certain calorie deficit for the day. (Right now I'm aiming for a 500-calorie deficit.) So on days when I'm running, dancing, doing Tae Bo, AND strength training, I end up eating a lot more calories, which fuel those activities. So I can range from 1500 to 2000, depending upon my activity level.

Think of calories as fuel for your activities. If you are less active one day, you won't need as many calories that day. More activity needs more fuel. But look at maintaining that calorie deficit. That's my advice, anyway.



LEANGIRL22
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6/18/13 4:20 P

I am finding that if I go over 1200 calories I just don't lose any weight. I know that is the minimum recommended so I try to keep just over it. I am at 151 and want to be at 135 -- so does this sound right if the calories are healthy?

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DIETITIANBECKY
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6/18/13 4:03 P

For members who have a greater amount of weight to lose, our SP formula often gives a too high calorie range for weight loss.

However, 1400 maybe somewhat low. (based on your activity). And how tall are you???

I would begin with about 1500-1700 calories daily and monitor your weekly weight loss, your energy level, how you are feeling throughout the day, etc.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian



KISSES40
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6/18/13 2:23 P

Thanks AMYTHBE! I've only been working out a couple weeks, plus eating way healthier. I will definitely try this and see what happens! I appreciate it. :)



AMYTHBE
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6/18/13 2:03 P

Trying to figure out the correct caloric intake can be extremely frustrating. Based on my age and weight Spark People calculated out that I should be consuming 1200-1500 cals a day. Which is silly because in an average workout day I burn 300-600 cals.... meaning my total I get for the day is wayyyy below the recommended 1200. I upped my intake to 1400-1750 a day depending on my exercise for the day. And when I actually follow that (I've been falling off the horse so to speak) I lose.
So if I were you I would adjust your caloric intake and increase it to a range that may be better. I.E. since the calorie calculator suggested 2500-2900 then cut back 1000 cals from that. You get a range from 1500-1900. Kickboxing and C25K are pretty energy taxing, so I don't think this range would be bad. Because if you're burning more than 200 cals per kickboxing session and you're only taking in 1400 then your net calories for the day would be lower than the recommended minimum which is 1200.

Also, it depends on how long you've been doing these activities. If it's only been for a few weeks, it's no biggie, because your body will try to adjust-and use more energy to do so. But if you've been doing kickboxing for the past year (the same routine over and over) then maybe it's time to change things up?





KISSES40
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6/18/13 12:47 P

Hi. I do an hour of boxing/kickboxing 3 times a week and C25K 3 times a week.



JENSTRESS
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6/18/13 12:21 P

What did you choose for your activity level? I am just asking, because if you are often very active, then that is probably good, but if you aren't, then the calculator that SP uses would be off.



KISSES40
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6/18/13 11:08 A

Hi Spark Friends!
I'm getting a little frustrated. I was looking up the calories I'm suppose to be taking in and it said I should be getting 2500-2900 a day! I thought this was way too high. I started kickboxing and C25K on June 1st and lost 11 lbs my first weekma(I'm sure this was Starbucks weight). I work out 4-5 times a week and keep my calories at around 1400. I didn't lose this week. Is there something I can change to reach my goal. I'm about 100+ lbs overweight. :( thanks for your help!!



 
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