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How active are you really?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spark has a rather complicated formula they use to calculate your calorie range. Everybody is assumed to be sedentary. However you can find out exactly how many calories you need by first determining if you are sedentary, light activity, moderately active or very active. Then actual workouts are the "frosting on the cake for burning calories".

Sedentary activity can be defined as someone who sits most of the day as in an office job. For a 150 pound woman who is sedentary and wants to lose 1 pound a week you can only eat 1050 calories per day. We know that Spark does not recommend anything under 1200 cals per day although many physicians do. If you want to eat more you need to be more active.

For that same person who has a light level of activity which is defined as being on your feet throughout the day she can eat 1275 calories which is much more realistic.

If you are moderately active and walk all day such as a nurse, a waitress, or someone who cleans houses or offices you can eat 1497 calories a day a still lose a pound a week. I didn't look at the person who is very active because few of us fit into that category.

The point of all this is that even though we may not have a lot of time for formal exercise or even energy for it over and above our normal activities, we obviously burn a lot of calories just by being more active. When we count things like housekeeping or gardening as exercise we really are justified because, if nothing else it puts us into another category. This is he formula I have used to lose 60 pounds and I think it will work for most people! If you like I can direct you to where to find the information.
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    Any increase in your level of activity is always beneficial! People can always find something to do to get them moving!
    1690 days ago
    It's good to remember that intensity plays a role too. A shorter brisk walk is better than a longer meandering one. I've been slacking lately and need to address this in my own exercise program.
    1690 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this information. I willcheck out the other sites.
    1691 days ago
    Although I'm relatively sedentary at work, I do take short walking breaks of 5 minutes. Since I am not a smoker, these are in lieu of "smoke breaks" that some of the employees take!
    1691 days ago
    It's also on
    1692 days ago
    Koshie had this information on her blog yesterday or day before, it takes age into consideration also.

    I thought it was pretty accurate as well because age is a factor for a lot of us.

    1692 days ago
    This is one of those great Habits of Health from Dr. Anderson's book - I think the title is the same! Keep moving through the day to burn those calories. Thanks for posting!
    1692 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Thanks for sharing; very informative blog. I'd love to know where to access this information. Thanks for offering to do that!
    1693 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Thanks for the informative blog. Having just switched to maintenance this is very helpful. I know I read some of this some place when I first started SP, but have forgotten about it until now. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday. emoticon
    1693 days ago
    Thanks Millie, this is helpful. Great blog! I would appreciate it if you can help me get to the information. You are indeed someone who's advice and information I take to heart - you have such great success, I'd be a fool not to!
    Have a great day!
    Hugs -
    1693 days ago
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