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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,408
8/1/13 1:30 A

734 still sounds too low.

Most people have a BMR of between 1300 and 1900 (google BMR to get a better fix on this), then add 20% to account for daily non-exercise activity. Then add exercise to this to get your total daily burn.

I would be very surprised if you were burning just 1734 calories a day while doing 400 calories worth of exercise.

Most nutritionists recommend a minimum intake of 1200 calories to ensure you get enough nutrients, and a maximum calorie deficit of 1000/day. So if your total calorie burn is over 2200, you should be eating more than 1200.

I agree that 'net calories" isn't really a meaningful figure.


Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 8/1/2013 (01:31)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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7/31/13 9:34 P

This should help you understand how Sparkpeople comes to the totals for your intake:

Subtracting your exercise from calories eaten doesn't really tell you anything useful (as JEnnilacey already explained!)

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,498)
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7/31/13 8:33 P

That's not right... for your weight it should be around 1500 cals. I don't know your age or height though. If you are sedentary (you work at a desk job, don't move around much during the day) Spark gives you an extra 300 cals for basic activities (showering, preparing meals, brushing your teeth, walking to your car, errands). So your TDEE (without exercise) would be 1800 cals. If you burn 2000 cals per week through exercise (divide it by 7 to get your average daily burn) approximately 285 cals extra a day. This would give you a TDEE (with exercise) of close to 2300 cals.

This calculator should give you a rough idea:

But if you've entered in your information correctly; have your goal date set to lose 1-2 lbs/week and have entered how many calories you burn per week into your fitness setup Spark should give you a calorie range. Are you using the new tracker where you plug in your activity level; sedentary, lightly active or active?

I don't have all your info but for example; if you are in your 30s, are of average height and exercise intensely 5x a week. Your TDEE would be around 2300 cals and if you subtract 1000-500 cals daily from that number you'd get a range of 1300-1800 cals. That doesn't mean you're on a 1300 cal diet... that means you can eat anywhere in that range and lose weight successfully. If you are not sedentary and relatively active outside of exercise, your range may be higher.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/31/2013 (20:44)
MAMAS4 Posts: 18
7/31/13 7:26 P

Ok I did my bmr. After following the instructions it came out to 734.62 so how many calories should I have? this is all so very confusing...thanks again emoticon

TCANNO SparkPoints: (307,844)
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7/31/13 6:25 P

I can only talk about me but when I started I was on 1550 to 1850 calories a day with 180 minutes of exercise a week. I think that the calorie burn was 600 but not sure now.

Today I am on 1850 to 2210 and 2650 calorie burn.

I was 88.7k when I started.

I hope this helps

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,498)
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7/31/13 5:24 P

No. First you're eating far too low for your weight and since you exercise. 1200 cals is the *minimum* any woman should eat while losing weight and this calorie intake would be more suited for a petite sedentary woman.

It's much easier if you estimate your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure). This is BMR + daily activity + exercise for the total amount of calories you burn in a day. Then you subtract 500-1000 cals per day from this number to get a 1-2 lbs/week loss.

If you've entered all your information correctly including your goal date (to lose 1-2 lbs/week) and the number of calories you burn per week into your fitness setup. Spark will give you a calorie range based on how many calories you burn through exercise.

MAMAS4 Posts: 18
7/31/13 4:05 P

I am on 1200 calories a day , my exercise burns 400 calories. This makes my total caloric intake t 800 calories. My question is this, is this the correct equation or do I need to up my caloric intake by the 400 calories burned? I have been on this for two weeks and have not lost any weight.

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