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
Edited by: BEANBYDESIGN at: 2/24/2013 (19:17)