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8/26/13 11:44 A

I stay in range mostly the lower number but on the days I run it is tough to get that even with snacks. I eat more the next day so by the end of the week it balances out.

ELMA1913 Posts: 5,051
8/26/13 11:42 A

more concerned about the carbs, fat and sodium

SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (181,188)
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8/26/13 11:09 A

My number was set lower the last time I saw the Nutritionist so it has been difficult but I am doing pretty good to stay close.

THINJIM1 Posts: 3,030
8/26/13 6:21 A

very close

CANADIANFROG09 Posts: 1,994
8/26/13 6:18 A

I stay within range or less!

KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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8/26/13 4:31 A

I try to stay close to the lower number...

TCANNO SparkPoints: (343,577)
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8/26/13 4:18 A

anywhere between the two but always over the first number

FLOATNRN Posts: 459
8/26/13 2:39 A

I try and for the most part stay within range. But sometimes I have trouble getting enough. Especially when working. 12 hr midnights. Then Saturday I went crazy and went over by about a couple thousand. ugh!

VEGAN-ISH Posts: 60
8/26/13 12:07 A

I don't. I know I'll always be under my range on everything. Following a vegan diet will do that to you! The only thing I'm ever in range on is my protein...

NOWORNEVER1982 SparkPoints: (4,833)
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8/25/13 10:12 P

I try to stay within range 90% of the time

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
8/25/13 9:42 P

Within the range specified if possible.

NMEFFAH Posts: 670
8/25/13 9:25 P

thanks everyone for being so responsive! I will follow the range under this new sparkpeople style for a month to see how my body reacts to changing my calorie intake as I exercise. You guys have been awesome!

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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8/25/13 4:37 P

I stay within my range about 90% of the time. On days when I do not exercise, I try to stay at the lower end of my range (1200-1300 calories). On days when I exercise, I eat a little more (up to 1500).

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,622
8/25/13 4:25 P

I stay in my calorie range about 90%.

RENATA144 SparkPoints: (207,563)
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8/25/13 4:21 P


STILLBLESSED07 SparkPoints: (2,923)
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8/25/13 4:18 P

To be honest, before I go to bed, I am usually under my calorie goal.~~ But, when I decide to cheat on something that is not healthy, choose to not add it to my tracker.

8/25/13 2:07 P

I am usually under my range but I am gradually working towards making my ramge in an healthy way!

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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8/25/13 1:35 P

I try very hard to be within the calorie range that is recommended to me, but I find that sometimes I go under and I know that it really not good for me.

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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8/25/13 1:19 P

Been a bit more lax since switching to the more liberal data. emoticon . Just have to adjust and really right now I am pleased to stay the same. Taking a little break !! emoticon

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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8/25/13 12:00 P

I try to stay on the low end of the suggested calorie range. So, 1200 - 1400 is my range. Most of time, I do end up a little over. With exercise, the weight is coming off. Something is working.

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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8/22/13 11:11 P

I've been a little lax over the past few months, I guess.

8/22/13 10:35 P

I follow mine well. I pre-pack my snacks on Sunday for the week and have 'back up' snacks in the freezer for if I am starved from exercise, craving sweet or salty, or need to boost my intake...of usually protein. More importantly, I look at my nutritional values, being vegan, getting enough protein is something I have to really watch. I noticed early on that if I am low on protein, I will absolutely go over on fat and carbs and often calories. This could be true for omnivores idea. Might be something to watch if you are struggling. I'd love to know if you notice the same thing!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,361
8/22/13 10:29 P

I try to follow the calorie range but I also put a huge emphasis on the nutritional value of my choices. I find the more I add in terms of veggies, the less cravings and the better my calorie ranges add up.

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
8/22/13 7:36 P

I very rarely go over the calorie count

LEXONE SparkPoints: (12,382)
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8/22/13 7:15 P

I try to follow it but this week I haven't met it much or completely blew it.

JUHISAXENA SparkPoints: (99,540)
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8/22/13 6:37 P

Try to stay as close as possible

8/22/13 6:12 P

Not close eough!

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
8/22/13 6:11 P

I try to stay within range..but in reality i know you can not really know the real amount of calories in foods. ( just try to be as close as possible) emoticon

Edited by: SHKIRK at: 8/22/2013 (18:13)
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8/22/13 5:44 P


SIMLANNA SparkPoints: (12,602)
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8/22/13 2:23 P

I haven't gone over in the month or so since I started SparkPeople. But I have a hard time not being slightly under. Part of me is afraid that I'm overestimating my exercise and underestimating my food.

GRAMMYNSC Posts: 669
8/22/13 1:49 P

I am usually right in the middle.....rarely go over and if I do it is usually because something comes up and I have to eat outside the house. I try to always plan what I will eat for the day. That way I don't have to worry about it! then I print out my menu and put it in the kitchen. If I want to change something I will recalculate.

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DRTOVAH SparkPoints: (106,385)
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8/22/13 12:24 P

lately I've been under, but that is also do to increased activity raising the calorie range.

DLBROWN93 Posts: 889
8/22/13 9:37 A

Not close enough!

BEEBEA SparkPoints: (47,115)
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8/22/13 9:33 A

I'm not tracking religiously right now (trying to listen to my body more), but when I did, I was very consistent, and the weight loss showed it! Once I went 40 days without going over my range. But I didn't have much else going on in my life when that happened. Now that I'm busier and have more friends, I give myself more flex.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
8/22/13 8:06 A

I hardly ever go over but go under range frequently.

FITK34 Posts: 82
8/22/13 8:04 A

I try to stick right in the middle of my calorie range.

PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,810)
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8/22/13 8:03 A

I follow it and stay within the range

PLUGINALONG SparkPoints: (30,258)
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8/22/13 7:06 A

not much

CANADIANFROG09 Posts: 1,994
8/22/13 6:26 A

I try to follow it very closely, very seldom that I go over.

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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8/21/13 3:29 P

I tend to follow the recommendations pretty closely. If I exercise, I eat toward the higher end, if not, I stick to right around the minimum, give or take 100 or so either way.

HOLLYM48 Posts: 18,380
8/21/13 2:16 P

I have the same issue as Kara below. Hard to go to that many calories a day so generally 200-300 below every day now that I am in maintenance.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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8/21/13 1:44 P

Within 100-200 calories but for what I do I have to eat 2000-2150 calories. When I am in training mode for triathlons,I eat about 400 cal more than I would when not training.

KARA623 Posts: 727
8/21/13 1:18 P

When I was in weight loss mode, I followed it religiously. Now that I'm in maintenance, I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around accepting the increase in calories and am generally 200-300 cals less than recommended during the week. I'm in range on Saturdays and Sundays. It's just that it's new to me, I think.

WRFTAZ SparkPoints: (13,034)
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8/21/13 1:10 P

+/- 200 calories

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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8/21/13 12:56 P

I try to follow the intake range but for exercise my fitbit overestimates time and calories burned so I totally ignore the calories out and alter the time to state when I actually physically exercised not just completed steps during the normal course of the day.

LIZZIE138 SparkPoints: (81,336)
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8/21/13 12:12 P

I follow the range pretty closely. I do have a splurge day here and there but I get right back at it the next day. When I exercise, I tend to eat the higher level of calories. My body needs more energy after a workout.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,369
8/21/13 12:01 P

Not eating enough can actually work against your weight loss efforts.Please see this page to get a better look at this:

It sounds like you are using the new way of tracking where your nutrition range will vary based on how much exercise you did. You shouldn't need to eat back all those calories, but you will likely need to eat back some so that your body has enough fuel and nutrients. Eating back all of the calories you burn from exercising may still help you lost weight—or it might not. You may need to experiment a little to find the "sweet spot" in your adjusted range that works for you. We recommend aiming for the middle of your adjusted daily calorie range for best results. You may also find it better to go back to the "old" method of calculating, but if you are consistently working out for a long time each day, you may find that eating more in the middle range of your adjusted ranges. This FAQ can help you decide which might work best.

Coach Denise

VIPETTE SparkPoints: (8,336)
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8/21/13 12:30 A

I try to stay between 1200-1500 even when I exercise. The suggested limit is what you need to follow to lose whatever you've set your goal at in the start page. So by going under you have the potential to meet it faster. However this isn't advised as 1-3 lbs a week is the recommended limit for safe and long-term weight loss.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (563,939)
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8/20/13 11:58 P

I usually stay within my calorie range.

NMEFFAH Posts: 670
8/20/13 7:40 P

Hi folks,
Wanted to know how closely you follow sparkpeople recommendations for your calorie range, especially when you exercise? I follow the range pretty closely, but feel uncomfortable with the amount increase in calories it recommends when I exercise. I feel like it is too high. For example, I burned 400 calories today, so it wants me to increase my calories by that many.

Have you had success following the calorie range exactly, including on days you exercise?

thanks much in advance for the advice!

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