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BMR Correction to Spark

Monday, December 12, 2011

My personal trainer told me I am not eating enough to keep my body burning calories for the amount of exercise I am doing. I explained that spark calculated it; then I found out that Spark 'assumes everyone is sedentary' so only uses the 1.2 multiplier! So I found another site that explains how you should calculate your BMR based on your activity:
If you rarely exercise, multiply your BMR by 1.2. THIS IS SPARKS CALC.
If you exercise on 1 to 3 days per week, doing light activity, multiply your BMR by 1.375.
If you exercise on 3 to 5 days per week, doing moderate activity, multiply your BMR by 1.55.
If you exercise 6 to 7 days per week, doing vigorous activity, multiply your BMR by 1.725.
If you exercise every day and have a physical job or if you often exercise twice a day, multiply your BMR by 1.9.

Added Note: so to be sure you are eating enough to keep up your strength while exercising, but NOT over eating, this is the guideline to use.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOBYCARP 12/15/2011 7:59PM

    That's interesting. I have no idea what formula SP uses to calculate calories needed, but I know that my current calorie range is calculated by telling SP that I plan to burn 6870 calories through exercise. What I report on SP isn't close to that amount (3504 last week), but I might have to increase it a bit to maintain my weight.

You've provided me with a conceptual framework for understanding what's going on with the SP fitness/nutritional tracker interaction. Thank you!

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FROGGGY13 12/15/2011 1:52AM

    Well, I go by Spark guidelines, but I know they are not entirely accurate. I am losing faster than Spark predictions while eating by the guidelines and exercising less than I had set it up for. I think you really need to tweakby your body's reactions.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/12/2011 9:03AM

    Well, not quite. SP does use a multiplier, however, if you give SP a goal weight and a goal date, you can add expected calories burned per week from fitness and it will calculate a daily recommendation based on the BMR, burn rate and date. I think the multiplier is arbitrary. I actually prefer the SP way.

But with all of that said, none of this is entirely accurate. You don't really know what your BMR is. It's a guess. So is the burn rate due to activity. The only thing that's probably even remotely accurate is your consumption assuming that you measure and log every single bite.

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YOGAYARNIE 12/12/2011 8:37AM


I know the last time I used SparkPeople I used a calculator from another website to determine my calorie and macronutrient ranges because I as working out a lot.

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Joined a gym

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

so I joined a gym and go almost every day. working with a personal trainer there, started twice a week for a month now at once a week. I do 15 to 40 minutes on reclining bike due to hip problems that's the only aerobics machine I can use without pain. doing weights each visit too. Still not seeing a difference so it's hard to stay on this plan. I don't know how others do it. results are not seen right away so not sure how everyone else keeps doing it. It's hard not ever eating anything normal like other people around you.


Next SP friend meet up Apr 23

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Next scheduled meet up with all Sparkers will be Saturday, April 23, 3pm at Smooth Nutrition, 12045 Hanson Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN Join us!

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LEAH57 4/14/2011 2:52PM

    How did your last meet-up go?

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SP MeetUp Saturday, 2-3pm Coon Rapids, MN

Thursday, April 07, 2011

EVERYONE is invited, would love to meet any and ALL SP members in the vicinity! come to Smooth Nutrition Shop, 12045 Hanson Blvd, NW, Coon Rapids, MN. That's a strip shopping building on corner of Hanson and 121st, in between the Curves and Chinese restaurant. I'll be there between 2 and 3pm please come on out and meet! We can walk together at the park next door too, it's going to be a GREAT day here!

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LEAH57 4/8/2011 9:29AM

    MAN, I wish I could come, but it's only 1200 miles away! Will keep this in mind for next time I get to the Cities!!!

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Weight coming off steadily

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

this is great! I am losing a pound a week steadily now for 7 weeks! I love having my HL protein smoothie for breakfast and dinner they are just like dessert! My HL supplements are helping drop inches too, total 12 inches gone so far! no exercise involved - too cold here :) Love it! Sorry you can't see my food eaten because of the malware virus in the food tracker, but I am getting 1100-1200 calories a day and with my herbal tea concentrate and the total control supplement my metabolism is working overtime!

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LEAH57 3/30/2011 8:54AM

    I'm so pleased for you!

I've been yo-yoing within the same 3-4 pounds now for 2 months. lose 1, gain 1, lose 2, gain 1.5, etc. Admittedly, I've had a weird social schedule also, AND travel (which doesn't help!) - but darnit, I've been toying with breaking this zero now for over a month, and I'm SICK OF IT! :-)

Seriously... you're doing GREAT!!!! Wish you didn't have an issue with the food tracker here (I never did - that malware was a bit hinky, I guess?) - anyway - would have loved to see "how you did it" - so I could duplicate it here!

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