Sunday, May 05, 2013
So this week I adjusted my total calories burned for the week upwards of course resulting in an increase in my calorie range. The increase in my calorie range should be a makeable jump in intake but the extra 300-500 calories means adding something extra to my meals/snacks.. The challenge that I think I am facing is my lunch meal, as I don't want to be just eating the same sandwich every day.
Regarding the burning calorie side, I always was burning more then my old range and I probably still am. It comes back to the question of what do I count or not. I tracked my walk to work this past week and it is a about a 3km trek one way and according to estimates burns about 200 calories. Technically this isn't part of my workout, but since I do this walk 5 days a week (unless it is pouring rain then I catch the bus) it adds about 2000 burned calories a week. So the question becomes do I up my range again or try it at my current level for a while. I worry about actually being able to afford to eat my range if I do raise again.
Also I have a question how accurate the calorie estimates are on Sparkpeople. As I believe I mentioned, I don't have a heart rate monitor and I can't afford one right now but I am currently doing insanity. I just put the number of minutes into the spot for high impact aerobics and sparkpeople spits out a number of calories burned. I know that every body and person is different so my question is does anyone have any idea how close the sparkpeople number is to people's actual calories burned? Also is that number individualized based on my height and weight or is it just the same for each person?