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2/21/14 3:43 P

Don't forget that Fitbit doesn't track things like lifting, reaching, twisting, bending, and even standing (as opposed to the calorie burn of just sitting) . Those things may not count as cardio, but they do burn calories. If I do a solid day of housework sometimes I feel tired at the end of the day and Fitbit hasn't credited me with much of a calorie burn, but you can, say, stand in one place and stack heavy items in a closet for 30 minutes and Fitbit will give you the exact same calorie burn as it would if you sat on your bum and did nothing but watch TV. To account for it you can log the activity to add it to your Fitbit total calorie expenditure for the day, or you can do as I do and just chalk it up to part of life.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,438
2/19/14 4:42 P

You've gotten some good advice in this thread. I'd recommend staying in the fat, protein and carb ratios that your SparkPeople program has set in your Nutrition Tracker.

Coach Jen

LGREGG07 SparkPoints: (44,505)
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2/19/14 12:41 P

Your c/f/p goals would be based entirely on you and your body. I used a website called (if it fits your macros) to get a base number for my macros. It allows you to "customize" your macros so that you can hit your goals based on age, weight, height, gender, and amount of exercise you do per week as well as your fitness goals: fat loss, maintenance, or "bulking" aka muscle gain. I have found it to be a great tool for me because it allows for me to be able to eat whatever I want (in moderation) without feeling restricted or deprived.

Hopefully I've been helpful!

GYMRAT54 Posts: 1,800
2/19/14 12:25 P

I weigh myself once a week. I just started tracking my food on a daily basis about 2 weeks ago when I got my new FitBit. My goal was to lose a half-pound a week. I have not updated my weight tracker in awhile. I now weigh 128 and my goal weight is 122-124.

I'm glad I got the FitBit because I'm learning just how many (or rather how little) calories my body burns I'm glad I started tracking food, but it's a time-consuming process but an eye-opener as it's telling me how many calories and the percentages of carbs, fats and proteins of the foods I eat! I have noticed on days I exercise, my calorie burn is higher than on days I don't exercise, but not that much around 1400-1500 calories. I also have noticed that drinking water does increase my calorie burn, as well.

I admit, I stopped doing my strength training (weights) about 6 weeks ago. I still go to my Zumba classes because I need to do something. I stopped because I got behind on stuff that needed to get done around the house. I was devoting time to my exercise but neglecting my house and meal planning. I was focused on the exercising but not my nutrition.

I need to find a balance in my life. I need to make time to take care of the housework and keep my cardio, but get back to my strength training,

I think LGREGG07 is right. Weight training will help boost my metabolism (calorie burn) not starve myself. It will burn fat and maintain lean muscle mass. I also need to watch the nutrients of what I eat.

The next question then is what is the goal percentages of carbs, fat and protein should we eat?

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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2/19/14 12:03 P

Your weight fluctuates by up to 5# each day depending on what/when you ate (food has weight after you eat it!), bowel movements, hormones, etc. So it's pretty darn likely that you're at your goal weight already.

LGREGG07 SparkPoints: (44,505)
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2/19/14 11:41 A

I would have to disagree with IVYLASS. More exercise and less food doesn't always mean weight loss. If you eat too little for the amount you are exercising, you can end up in a plateau or even gain weight because your body is trying to hold onto the few nutrients you are giving it. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF TO LOSE WEIGHT. It is a slow process and takes time, especially as you near your goal weight.

What I would suggest is looking into doing more strength based workouts (i.e: lifting weights). The muscle that you build will help you to raise your metabolism and burn fat while maintaining lean muscle mass. Another way to increase the amount that you eat is to look into "reverse dieting", which is something that I am trying. The basics of this idea is, you increase your macro nutrients (carbs, fats, protein) slowly (by 10-20g/week) so that your metabolism adjusts to higher calories/macros with out putting on excess body fat.

MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
2/19/14 11:33 A

It sounds like maybe you're weighing yourself every day? The number on the scale isn't necessarily a representation of what you did the day before. Try just weighing once a week. As a PP said, you're very close to your goal and it's easy to over-obsess about those last couple of pounds.

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (218,546)
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2/19/14 11:28 A

Exercise More + Eat Loss = Weight Loss.

The housework doesn't count if it doesn't get your heart rate up. You need to exercise more, not just to lose weight but also to increase your heart, muscle, and bone strength.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/19/14 11:20 A

It seems like my metabolism is low and needs boosting
or I can't eat much OR
or I need to exercise more to be able to eat more.

All three.

PS - exercising more and building lean muscle will boost your metabolism.

Edited: you are only 2 pounds from your goal. The last few pounds are always the hardest to lose. Try not to obsess or you will drive yourself nuts :)

Edited by: EELPIE at: 2/19/2014 (11:23)
GYMRAT54 Posts: 1,800
2/19/14 11:16 A

When I spend my days doing sedentary housework, such as laundry or being in the kitchen food prepping, cooking, cleaning up and doing dishes, I don't burn a lot of calories. I'm lucky to burn 1200-1300 calories. On those days, if I don't starve myself, I gain weight. It seems like I need to exercise a lot to burn enough calories for me to even eat 1200-1300 calories.

It seems like my metabolism is low and needs boosting
or I can't eat much OR
or I need to exercise more to be able to eat more.

Which should I do?

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