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SHANECODER SparkPoints: (21,967)
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1/24/13 1:24 P

Track everything closely for a week or two using one of the calories burned methods. If you are inline with your weight loss goals, GREAT! Keep using that method. If not, you might need to adjust the calories burned a bit. Either identify a method that seems closer to what you need -- more calories burned if you don't lose enough, or less calories burned if you're losing too quickly.

Spark People estimates have always worked good for me. I assume they work good for most! They are however estimates.

One BIG caveat. If you're eating healthy -- balancing carbs,fat, and protein; getting some fiber; eating some fruits and veggies; you know -- and you're still too hungry, you need to eat more. You DEFINITELY wouldn't want to eat less! Listen to your body! I assure you that craving to eat the whole chocolate cake is your mind not your body, but within reason.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 55,911
1/23/13 2:06 P

Here's an Ask the Expert you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=57


Coach Jen

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
1/23/13 1:53 P

If you're concerned about getting 100% accuracy, the best way to do it is to get a heart rate monitor. Other than that, it's not going to be very accurate, it's just very good guesstimating.

MSMEMUCH SparkPoints: (10,869)
Fitness Minutes: (8,022)
Posts: 303
1/23/13 1:32 P

I go to the gym and do the hill program on the treadmill I never know how to enter it into the fitness tracker. And what the treadmill says is my estimated calories burned it usually off by 100-200 calories from what it is on here. Then today I did the 30 min circuit with the steppers and weight machines I did one full circuit and then did a circuit of only the steppers with the Biggest Loser Step Workout they have posted. Not sure on how to enter that either. Any help?

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