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.