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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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6/15/13 5:56 P

You adjust your diet to your exercise, not the other way around. Here's how Sparkpeople determines its calculations:

You set a reasonable weight loss goal, enter the amount of exercise you will do, and then Sparkpeople adjusts your program to account for this. The more you exercise, the more you will need to eat to support it.

What's y our current weight, target weight, and current weekly weight loss goal?

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (84,691)
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6/15/13 12:36 P

Also note that SP also takes into account the time frame and amount you set to lose per week.
if you want to burn more per week you can adjust and hand enter the amount you burn in exercise per week and it could adjust your calorie intake to a higher number.


MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,408
6/15/13 9:57 A

You burn calories in 3 main ways:
* your metabolism, or what you burn just keeping your natural body functions ticking over. For most people, this is between 1300 and 1900 calories per day (google 'BMR calculator' to get a better fix on this number for you)
* normal daily non-exercise activities - this is generally reckoned at 20% in addition to your BMR
* what you burn through deliberate exercise.

So you should be burning more than 1550 per day, even before exercise. Exercise is normally only a small component of your overall burn - it is significant not because it is big, but rather it is really the only thing you can readily change to affect your overall burn.


ALICIA8882 SparkPoints: (3)
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6/15/13 9:48 A

don't understand if i eat between 1200-1550 daily, i only have to burn 650 calories a week to lose weight?

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