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    MARATHONDAD   28,046
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

One thing I am struggling with is calorie intake. Spark people have me on a 2400-2800 calories. that is alot but I am very active. I run 5 days a week 4 times it is 8km and my long run is usually 10km plus. I also do 2 spin classes and do the elliptical trainer 2 days a week as well as 3 days of weights. so yes I am very active. I am going to try it there way and see how it goes I just dont want to put on weight that is my major concern.
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TYKXBOY 3/7/2012 3:12PM

    By staying inside the SparkPeople recommended calorie range, I find that my weight will fluctuate within a 3 or 4 pound range on a weekly basis, but rarely goes above or below it (unless i consistently eat at the very top or bottom). So, it's pretty accurate. Just make sure you are giving Spark an accurate assessment of the amount of exercise you are doing. I found that just inputting my number of cardio minutes was not sufficient. I had to look back at the past weeks in my fitness tracker to calculate an average amount of calories burned for each week and input that. Once I did that, I got a good calorie range that now seems to work perfectly for me.
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MARATHONDAD 3/6/2012 5:20PM

    Thanks Tiffany Yes thats true just eat when you are Hungary and dont over eat. ill keep an eye on it

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TIFFANYB23 3/6/2012 1:32PM

    I'm in the same boat, but I think Spark is giving me too few calories. I'm trying to keep it around 1800 a day and see how I do. I shot up 4 pounds when I stepped on the scale yesterday, but 2 of those are already gone today so I know it's not actual weight gain. You are more active and your activity is more intense than mine, plus being a guy you need more calories anyway. I would say that sounds about right, but pay close attention to what you are eating each day and how you feel... I've learned that if I just eat when I'm hungry (and not overeat) then I feel better and I've seen the scale start to go down again. Good luck!

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MARATHONDAD 3/6/2012 11:06AM

    Thanks guy I will try to keep it around 2000 calories and see what happens I have lost on the average of 3 pounds I want to loose about 20 more. I just dont want to eat too little and not have enough fuel for my training. its tough I will experiment with it

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KIMMER070467 3/6/2012 10:39AM

    I would stay at the lower end of the calorie range and see how the weight loss goes. You are VERY active so I think you should do fine in that calorie range but try the lower end for a week and see what happens. Good luck to you!!!

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RFJSJ50 3/6/2012 10:38AM

    Test it out - stay in that range for a while and see how you do.
I'm definitely nowhere near as active at you and my exercise is not as intense as yours. I found that I didn't gain on Spark's calorie allotment but I didn't lose anything either (and that's what I need to do). I lowered my calorie range and am seeing better results.
This lifestyle change is a trial-and-error process - see what works best for you as an individual.
Sheila

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