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IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/21/13 9:04 P

Thank you so much for your answer! I kind of figured that things were the way you describe them but just thought I'd check with someone more experienced. I know better than to abuse the idea of averaging. I hadn't thought about the blooming onion but don't think I could eat a whole one if I tried =) For that matter, I wouldn't eat cake every week but it's nice to realize that you can bank some extra calories for something special. Anyway, thanks again, and I do try to stay in my zone by accounting for exercise. Alyssa

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/21/13 6:03 P

Thank you so much for your answer! I kind of figured that things were the way you describe them but just thought I'd check with someone more experienced. I know better than to abuse the idea of averaging. I hadn't thought about the blooming onion but don't think I could eat a whole one if I tried =) For that matter, I wouldn't eat cake every week but it's nice to realize that you can bank some extra calories for something special. Anyway, thanks again, and I do try to stay in my zone by accounting for exercise. Alyssa

NIRERIN Posts: 11,988
9/21/13 5:48 P

if you want to save up 300 cals a day and use them all up at the end of the week, that's fine. but 300 cals a day for six days a week is 1800 cals. that's a lot more than a piece of cake type splurge save up, you can pretty much eat a bloomin' onion by yourself for that sort of calorie banking. keep in mind that if you are hungry eating 1250 cals a day, you should eat a little more so that you are sated.
you also say that you are exercising and if you are really active or close to your goal you should make sure that you are including exercise calories to make sure that you are eating enough calories for where you are.
presumably 49 g of fat is 11 g under you max, but still over your minimum? that's fine. and it's fine to average so long as you aren't going to extremes to do so. in other words, 2400 cals one day and 200 cals the next will average out to 1300 cals a day. but that's the sort of extreme you want to avoid unless it's some random situation [weird sleep schedule or illness]. so as long as you are reasonably close overall and in balance on average, it's fine to be a little high or low one day.

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/21/13 5:31 P

Hi folks,
I'm sure experienced people know this but, if my calorie budget for the day is 1200-1550 with no exercise (even though I do exercise each day) just to keep it simple, and I consume 1250 each day on average, can I save the extra 300 calories/day for a piece of cake at a birthday party, or whatever, at the end of the week without blowing my program? It seems logical but...My son goes to Weight Watchers and while I don't resonate with their system, the one thing that does seem nice is that you have a daily points allowance (Calories etc), but then you get 7 extra points each day no matter who you are (or what size) for a cookie or something else you crave. If you want, you can save them all up for the end of the week. You can do this with all the fitness points you earn as well. While I can't quite imagine eating all the food that you could possibly "earn" at one sitting, this method allows for the occasional splurge. At the end of the week, however, any extra points you earn or were given, vanish. You can't carry them over to a new week. The other question is about going over your daily budget for a particular nutrient in any given day. For example, the upper limit of my daily "fat" budget is 60 grams. If I take last week as an example, two days I was over budget. One day by 4 grams and one day by 6 grams. If I average each day of the week though my average daily consumption is 49 grams which is 11 grams under what my daily allotment would have been. To me it seems like general trends over time is what you really want to track and not that you are 5 grams short one day on protein and 3 grams over on fat, but rather that you stay as close to budget as possible for the month, for example. I'd be really interested in what others think or if anyone actually knows Spark People's point of view is.
Best of Luck to everyone on their journey to better health and thanks in advance to all those who may have info for me. Alyssa

PS: For any non-scientists out there, it takes approx. 30 grams to make an ounce, so being off here or there by 3 or 4 grams is a very small amount regardless if you are over or under in a particular catagory.

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