Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I had a rather enlightening FB conversation this morning with my SparkBuddy, MARATHONDAD. This was the gist of it:
ME: Hungry for lunch at 9:30am. Bad sign.
MD: Remember - when you start running more, you need to add more calories to your diet or you will get tired. You dont want your body to go into starvation mode!!!
ME: I don't know how many to add and still maintain weight loss. I've been confused about that. I am meeting my daily SP calorie ranges. Shouldn't I just do that and whatever I burn running is for weight loss? I am a little confused.
MD: The best way I've found is to work out how many calories you are burning in a typical week. Then, enter that into your goals on workout page (in the settings). SP usually uses this information to adjust your daily calorie needs for you.
So, I went through my past two weeks of workouts and averaged how many calories I burned per week. Sure enough, there was an area under my Activity Goals in my fitness section where I could enter how many calories I burn in a week. When I went back to my Nutrition Tracker, my calorie totals had been adjusted.
THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME. LIKE A 2x4 IN THE HEAD.
I've been doing this wrong for 3 months!!!! NO WONDER those last 5 lbs have been so stubborn! Even though my calorie range has been too low (with my increased activity from running), I have been going OVER on calories without knowing it.
Let me explain...
Let's say my calorie range in SP is 1320-1690 per day.
And let's say I go for a run and burn 400 calories.
So, here I've been thinking that I can eat up to 1690 calories PLUS an extra 400 calories (because I burned that running) and maintain weight.
BUT NO....NO NO NO. OF COURSE SPARKPEOPLE is integrated across pages!!! I JUST realized that the 1320-1690 is already reflecting the number of calories I anticipate on burning every week!
It's already included in my calorie range!!
Wow...I don't know about you, but that just blew my mind. Even though I only go over about 200 or 300 calories per day...that adds up. That explains the stall in weight loss and why it's seemed so slow, even with all my extra activity.
Maybe it's just me...but I figured I'd better share that tidbit in case anyone else was thinking the same way I was!!!!