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Nervous to Change

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I have a bit of a problem. My calories range has been 1200-1400 for about 5 years now. Now the calorie range on Sparkpeople has changed it to about 1200-1550. I know that our calories ranges are supposed to reflect the calories that we burn by exercising. I exercise anywhere from 30-60 minutes about 6 days a week and I don't really know how many calories I burn. I'm nervous to change me calorie range in fear that I will gain weight by eating to much. So what should I do go by the new calorie range or stay with the old range? I am going to keep track of the calories that I burn by exercising to see if it matches up but I am not sure what to do?

Please help

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NICKYCRANE 2/20/2013 12:31PM

    I look on my calorie range as guidelines anyway. I visited friends for a week and went way above the guidelines on some days, by conscious choice. AFter that week I was amazed not to have lost any weight. Last week I was getting hungry, genuinely hungry. I prefer to go over my calorie guidelines, rather than get hungry and risk bingeing. I revised my exercise estimate ( still less than I actually do, because I don't want exercise to become a duty that I have to fulfil the quota). SP gave me another 120 cals or so, so I can now satisfy my hunger within the guidelines. I still lost weight, more than I had been aiming at, even on my unofficial hope, which is more ambitious than my official goal.
Those last few pounds are the hardest, much the hardest. I know, because that's where I am. Even so, the weight's coming off, although I'm usually near the top end of the cal guidelines.
I'd encourage you to try and see. They say giving up smoking can make you turn to food instead. But you seem to be conscious of the role your emotions play in b oth smoking and eating. So you can probably resist the pressure.

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LINDA! 2/2/2013 8:00PM

    I do as some others have mentioned. I try to eat at the mid to low range of my calories most days. I will, at least one day per week, eat in the higher range just to satisfy myself and feel like I have really had a treat.

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    For me, I know about how many calories I can eat in order to lose weight. If you know from your history the same about you, then feel free to stay where you are.
Spark has only given you 150 extra calories/day. Unless you normally eat at the height of that range, sporadically eating all of those 1,550 calories likely wouldn't cause you to gain. And it may just surprise your body ... I do think that we get accustomed to the same ole, same ole over time.
All that said, it may be worth eating the extra calories if an occasion or three present themselves. And enjoy them!

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LJCANNON 2/2/2013 5:28AM

    emoticon Maybe try staying within the Mid to Low end of the new range on most days, and having an Occasional "High Calorie" Day? That way you could watch for any trends in your Weight or in how you are Feeling at the Higher Range.
emoticon If you recently changed your Fitness Goals - Or, if you have gone over your Fitness Minutes often - you may Need the Extra Calories.

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JULIERAE41 2/1/2013 10:50PM

    Do you know why SP changed it? Sometimes mine automatically changes when I alter my fitness goals. If this range is working for you and you are not in starvation mode, why would you change it?

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TRACYLYNN853 2/1/2013 6:22PM

    Its really not that big of difference, but I understand where you concerns are coming from. I'm not really sure what to do about that.

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