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BEANBYDESIGN
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2/24/13 7:14 P

There's no specific number of calories you "should be burning" with the SP program - just tell Spark how much you're burning based on what workouts you're comfortably able to do, and Spark will calculate your calorie range for you. That's the whole point of tracking with a site like this one - it takes all of the hard work out of figuring out those kinds of calculations. Did 45 on the treadmill at 3.0 mph? Spark can tell you how much you burned. Rode the stationary bike for 20 minutes at a moderate pace? Spark can tell you how much you burned. Once you know how much you ARE burning and set up your fitness tracker with that information, Spark will tell you how many calories to eat to maintain a state of weight-loss. If you want to eat more, you need to workout more. If you want to workout less, Spark will tell you to eat less. It's really, truly that simple.

For a more detailed explanation, read the article here: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
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Edited by: BEANBYDESIGN at: 2/24/2013 (19:17)


AMYSTONE4
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2/24/13 5:44 P

Ok. so im 5' and weigh 135. Im not sure what i should be burning. I only have a tredmill and stationery bike. and weights. I really haven't been tracking stuff on here. i keep track myself.
But im starting today.



BEANBYDESIGN
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2/24/13 5:23 P

"Burn more than you eat" does NOT mean "burn more than you eat in exercise" - it's referring to your overall calorie burn from every single activity you do all day long. Everybody has a BMR - depending on your size, age, and gender, your BMR will be anywhere from, at the very lowest end 1200ish calories, up to, usually 1600-1800 calories if you're tall or very overweight. Your BMR (basal metabolic rate) is the number of calories you burn just by being awake and doing the bare minimum of activity. On top of that, you then add in exercise, and that gives you your total calorie burn for the day. So, for example, if your BMR is 1350 AND you burn 500 calories a day in exercise, your TOTAL calorie burn for the day is 1850. That means that if you eat 1350, you'll be burning 500 more calories than you eat. You absolutely should NOT be burning every single calorie you eat through exercise - that would create a SEVERE calorie deficit that could damage your overall health and metabolism.

Assuming you've accurately reported your weight and the number of calories you burn each week through exercise to SparkPeople, SP will have already done this calculation for you and it'll all be taken into account when SP tells you your range of calories to eat each day.

Plateaus are normal, and they happen to everyone. It's just your body taking a bit of time to adjust to the new demands you're putting on it. The best thing you can do during a plateau is change things up a bit - if you've been eating on the low end of your recommended range, try eating on the higher end for a few days, and try a new form of exercise to create some variation in your routine.



AMYSTONE4
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2/24/13 5:09 P

So i eat between my calorie amounts and exercise daily but haven't lost in weeks. Don't i need to burn more than i eat in order to lose? It says to burn 500 more than you eat in order to lose 1 pound a week. Or am i burning too many each day. I don't burn more than i eat i just burn about 500 a day.
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