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RAYLINSTEPHENS SparkPoints: (242,748)
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6/2/14 6:37 P

If you're hungry, you're not eating enough.

1200 is the "standard" but it fails to take into account that if you're trying to lose a lot of weight, it really won't be enough food.

I would trust SparkPeople since it worked very well for me. I did the Spark Program - go up to START and work your "weigh" down the page.

AHAPPYLIFE SparkPoints: (107,408)
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6/2/14 5:28 P

MyFitnessPal calculated calories on several factors. It uses your age, gender, current weight, goal weight, activity level, & how much weight you want to lose each week. All of those factors are user selected so I would recheck your goals & profile.

I use both SparkPeople & MFP. SP is for the social aspect & some learning but MFP is for learning & tracking weight, food, & activity - mainly because SparkPeople refuses (I asked) to allow the option to track sugars.

MRGOLDENART SparkPoints: (5,325)
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2/16/14 2:42 P

Well, I am in my final phase of weight plan by my doctor. I am 68 years young, retired, and am a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly. My wife is also a member. I use spark people to keep my daily log and calorie count. I stay between 1200 -1500 per day.
I read labels religiously, and have no added salt to my diet. Most of the items we buy have low or not salt added to them. I am 6" 2" tall, and all of my weight is in my middle mostly.
I used to wear 2x large shirts, I recently purchased a red/black leisure Reebok t shirt in a large size, it is not tight on me and hangs nicely with the Reebok red & black pants.

l take bp pills for my high blood pressure since my stint in 2007. I have gone from 245 - 219 lbs. I cannot drink carbonated drinks any more. My weight has stayed at lower range because of it. Water with lemon slices is about all I drink at home or at a restaurant.

With all this winter snow, I now use the snow blower for my exercise, and make the dog's path in the backyard with a shovel. This 50+ inches of snow this year has been beautiful, but tiring. Our neighbor boy will shovel for me when I get too tired.

I love to bake and cook, keeping all recipes and portion controls where they should be for weight loss and maintaining.
Good luck to all the other older men who need to get a better lease on their health.

Onward and upward. mrgoldenart

9/12/13 4:55 P

Fitnesspal suggested calories are too low for me. I know I can lose weight eating more food.

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (65,037)
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9/6/13 2:52 A

1200 calorie is too little for anyone to eat. If you eat so little you will slow down your metabolism!

The best way to find about how much you should be eating is by calculating your BMR and TDEE. Just deduct 15-20% from your TDEE - and you will have your calorie range.

There is lots of posts about this information on MFP community board.

OGBEIFUNE SparkPoints: (28)
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9/5/13 7:52 P

Yes, its exactly how you will feel with 1200 calories a day. Sp is right, you can rely on 1200-1500 calories daily so as not to enter starvation mode which will not be good for you. Make the range your minimum and feed properly on veggies, fruits and lean protein making the major source of your diets.

Edited by: OGBEIFUNE at: 9/5/2013 (20:27)
ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,024
6/5/13 4:16 P

Kudos to you for trying to change your diet to include more fruits and veg! That can be a tough thing to wrap your head around when it's not something that you were brought up with.

I'm in agreement with the others that you will find life a lot simpler if you put in your goals and your average weekly workouts in to Spark to get a range to work with. We're all different, so you will need to play around within the range to find where you feel the best and where you lose weight. I'm one of those whose weightloss slows down (and I'm tired and hungry and cranky) if I don't eat enough, so I end up working mostly around 1400 to 1600 calories per day.

One of the best things that I did when I first started here was to browse through the public nutrition trackers of folks who seemed to be at about the same place I was, or who had come from there. I got some great ideas from those trackers as to what types of foods to eat.

Do you like brown rice or quinoa? If you do, then starting to make some pilafs might be a good place to start adding some veggies. I started by adding chopped onions to my rice, then tried it with onions and mushrooms, then added in a cup of baby spinach, then tried it with a cup of broccoli, and now I end up with more veggies than rice in it! You could do the same gradual addition of things to scrambled eggs, or as a topping to bread that you then sprinkle with some cheese and grill under the broiler. It's also easy and tasty to start gradually adding more veggies to casseroles, such as mac and cheese --- seriously, my version of "mac and cheese" now has more veggies in it than it does either "mac" or "cheese"!

Good luck in figuring out what works for you, and don't forget to have fun with it!

OLGA18 SparkPoints: (13,712)
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6/5/13 1:46 P

I aim for 1200 a day but I can't say that I would necessarily recommend it for others. Maybe you could plan a 1200 calorie day and see how you feel. If you are very hungry you need to up your calories. My SP range is 1200-1550 so, although I aim for 1200 I am totally fine with going up to my limit. It's all about what works best for you.

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6/5/13 12:36 P

I bet its the thirst thing. Herbal tea is a great way to drink water and not have caffeine.

BLUE_NOSE_GIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/5/13 11:51 A

im eating 3 meals a day now which i have never done and im trying really hard with fruit and veg but having never eaten it, even as a child, im struggling! ive decided to aim for around 1400 a day, i wonder if im thirsty and maybe not hungry? the only thing i ever drink is tea, normally around 8 cups a day but ive cut down to 3 but not replaced my fluids. This is such a huge change....itll take some getting used to
any advice on healthy filling foods would be much appreciated

Edited by: BLUE_NOSE_GIRL at: 6/5/2013 (11:54)
CBR0422UNCW SparkPoints: (2,873)
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6/5/13 11:02 A

1200 calories is difficult for most people, and probably not even really adequate for most people. However, for some people (like me) with serious metabolic issues it is necessary. Eating more natural food choices could help you make the most of your calories, as 1200 calories of junk isn't all that filling (in some cases that could be one restaurant meal) but 1200 calories or real meat, fruits, veggies, etc could give you much more satisfaction. If you are eating hearty foods and still feel bad on 1200 calories (almost like a cold/flu: overly tired, mentally sluggish, irritable, achy, etc) I would try adding 100 cals for a few days to a week and see if you improve, if not maybe another 100 for a few days or week, right up to the top of the range that Spark calculated for you, if necessary. Sometimes the body just needs to adjust to a restricted calorie diet, but if the calories are too low it is a) not likely to be healthy and b) not likely to be sustainable.

BLUE_NOSE_GIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/5/13 10:50 A

I think my ticker is wrong, i tried setting it to pounds but it keeps saying kg. Im 5'2" and 161lbs if that helps at all? Ive worked out my bmr/tdee which is around 2000 so dropping 800 calories a day seemed a lot. In all honesty im not the best eater, and this is not just about weight loss but a whole lifestyle change, im terrible for going up to a week or more without ever sitting down to a proper meal but just snacking on rubbish here and there

CBR0422UNCW SparkPoints: (2,873)
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6/5/13 10:30 A

Is the weight reflected on your ticker (354) your correct current weight? If it is, I would have to recommend that 1200 calories is definitely too low. It's hard to stick to something and gain any kind of momentum when your body isn't getting enough fuel- you'll be sluggish/tired, grumpy, and generally feel crappy.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
6/5/13 10:09 A

It sounds like you're getting a lot of information about how MFP works and calculates in your exercise.

I'll also add that 1200 calories a day can be plenty filling for me if I eat the right kinds of foods. Lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots of veggies make for a very bulky 1200!

If you are super hungry, in addition to the quantity and number of calories, you might want to look closer at what kind of calories.

BLUE_NOSE_GIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/5/13 9:47 A

I lost 17lbs using mfp last year, however ive now put all of it back on, i used SP briefly a few years ago and also lost weight so i can see that both work however with mfp i was so hungry and unhappy all the time as i just wanted to eat! i would always eat back the calories burned off through exercise but it would still be much lower than what SP recommends. Ive decided im going to use Sp a lot more though as i prefer it and ill use mfp for logging food when im out and about

HOTRODSGIRL0107 SparkPoints: (28)
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6/5/13 9:24 A

MFP gives you a daily goal without exercise. You are meant to eat back exercise calories because MFP has already set a safe deficit for you included in the 1200. If you don't eat back your exercise calories you create an even bigger deficit which isn't always a good thing. For me personally both MFP and sparkpeople estimated my intake to low to maintain so I have had to manually set my goals to 2000 to 2500 calories a day.

LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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6/5/13 9:23 A

One of my co-workers uses myfitnesspal and we have "discussions" a lot about it. We both really like our own individual programs but I have definitely had more success at the weight loss portion of things. I think you just need to figure out what works best for you. But I truly find the SP calorie range to work better for me

BLUE_NOSE_GIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/5/13 9:22 A

Ive just adjusted my calories on mfp, i didnt know i could, to 1400. I was finding i was very hungry, however having logged back onto SP i think i might stay here lol i used to love SP however i like the convenience of the mfp app on my phone, maybe ill combine the 2. Thanks for your reply :)

ILLBITEU SparkPoints: (11,753)
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6/5/13 9:16 A

the way MFP works is that they don't give you a range like SP has. MFP will actually adjust how many calories you need to eat based on how many calories you are burning with the activities you are logging, so it may say 1200 when you log in but later it may say 1250, 1300 and so on if you are working out and logging it, if you don't log it will always stay at the 1200 for your weight loss goal. I like SP's range better personally because I don't track my activities right away if at all...

BLUE_NOSE_GIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/5/13 8:45 A

Hi I've used my fitness pal before and sparkpeople and on comparing the 2 mfp is saying i only need 1200 calories a day, this seems ever so low, is anyone else only on 1200 a day? I find myself quite hungry. Sp says 1200-1500 for me which seems better. Any advice is much appreciated xx

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