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Calorie ranges based on fitness tracking?


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I believe I have made a mistake. I thought it would be a good idea to switch, but I was immediately alarmed when I saw this, after not even having exercised yet today:

Your Daily Calorie Goal: 2,351 - 2,701
Remaining Calories Today: 1,933 - 2,283

Whoa... WHAT??!!! Before I switched it was 1200 - 1500 daily and I was eating, on average, 1300 calories per day and not losing weight. I keep gaining and losing the same 2 - 3 pounds (feel free to look at my exercise and nutritional trackers) in spite of my efforts. I will be gaining quite a bit of weight if I eat within the ranges above. Good grief, that's double what I normally eat!!! Once my FitBit starts falsly logging activities again, it must be slow today, my recommended range will be over 3000 calories for the day. *sigh*

But I keep hoping FitBit Flex and I will eventually get along. I keep trying. It logged 1000 monthly fitness minutes for me after 1 week. 500 would have been more accurate, though.

Maybe because it's a new feature the bugs haven't been worked out quite yet. Did anybody have a similar experience switching?

I know, it sounds like I'm always complaining. I don't mean to, I am a very happy and positive person. This just seemed worth mentioning/questioning.

Happy Wednesday!!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRANDMAFRANNY 7/24/2013 8:00AM

    HI !! THOUGHT I'D BLOG YOU BEFORE I REALLY DO MY THING TODAY. HAVE OVER 7,000 STEP'S AND IT IS ONLY 8:01 AM. LOT OF THING;S TO DO. YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE TO COMPLAIN. WE ALL DO THAT WE'RE HUMAN. BYE !!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 7/18/2013 5:17PM

    Just wanted to say - a couple of days ago SP said they are working on making it possible to switch back since so many people would prefer to have the option - it was on one of the daily Sparkblogs - there wasn't a timeline for when they'd be done but they are working on it

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DAISY443 7/12/2013 1:53PM

    I was glad to read your post. I have now decided not to switch, I hope your tracker works out for you in the long run!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/11/2013 5:39PM

    Since you can't switch back, I stayed with the old system.

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MSLZZY 7/11/2013 5:17PM

    Once you switch, you cannot switch back. I decided to just stay where I was.

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KNYAGENYA 7/11/2013 1:02PM

    I've decided to keep my tracker right where it is.

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VANESSAVOS13 7/11/2013 12:28PM

    I think the fitbit calorie range is totally bogus.... I stick with my 1,200-1,500 and usually burn approx 1,900-2,300 cals in a typical day depending on whether or not I exercise. If I do add in some extra exercise I find myself with a 1,000 calorie deficit in a day which means that I could end up losing 2 lbs in the week. It took me some fiddling around with as well, matching them up and what not. I find that fitbit's calorie range is too high for me. I also find that when you add extra activity and it adds in your fitbit entry that it over-calculates the fitness. Good luck to you, I know how frustrating it is!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/11/2013 11:06AM

    What does SparkPeople say should be your calorie goals, just out of curiosity. I am so happy to see your food and exercise tracker out! :-D Looks like apart from replacing calories on some days with wine, you do an incredible job of being consistent! I have done quite a bit of reading on alcohol and the effect is has on our metabolism. You might want to consider that into your daily routines, as it could be hurting your ability to lose at this point. Just a thought. P.S. you are gorgeous! :-D

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LIS193 7/10/2013 6:40PM

    Confusing, right?
Before I started "The Plan" I was barely maintaining around 1000 cals and felt hungry a lot of the time, leading to eating an extra snack and therefore a gain.
On the Plan I ate a lot of healthy fats and I was horrified to see that the cals came to 1600 a day!! Oh my!! Still, I started losing and losing some more and now I am at my goal weight for the first time in 7 years. I still eat around 1400-1600 cals a day but the biggest change is that i found I was reactive to wheat. Since eliminating that I can eat pretty much what I want and still maintain.
Long story short... it's NOT the calories, it is WHAT you eat.
For me 90 cals of bread = gain but 500 cals of steak = loss
It's all about chemistry..

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 7/10/2013 4:24PM

    FB has always calculated in your BMR, which SP did not Now it does. Were you able to read the original post? It does a decent job of explaining why your calorie requirements can change throughout the day.

Here's a link to the post just in case.

http://www.sparkpeople
.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_fea
ture_calorie_ranges_based_on_fi
tness_tracking

The outstanding question I have is should we continue to track exercise activities (swimming, strength training...) in SP or do we need to switch to all fitness tracking in FB. The way this aspect of the change is not clearly explained in the above article. There is a thread in the FB team discussing the issues. Here's a link to that, too.

http://www.sparkpeople.
com/myspark/team_messageboard_t
hread.asp?board=0x36986x5406536
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Hopefully, everything will calm down soon!

FitBit Users Unite!

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