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Exercise and eating more.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

So, when getting re-revved up last month and setting up my fitness plan and diet plan on the SparkPeople account settings, I took notice of a new feature of the daily calories that takes into your daily exercise. Woohoo! Since I've been wearing my fitbit regularly, I thought this was great, even though I think the fitbit really overestimates the number of calories you burn (I'd be a string bean if what it said were true after this last month), I still thought an extra couple hundred calories per day would be great.

So my calorie range is 1200-1550, but after the fitbit would log my activity for the day, my range would pop up to 1500-1800 or somedays even higher like 1800-2200. I was a bit skeptical that my daily activity would allow that type of range, but on days where I really worked out hard -- I thought yay, this is great.

Well not so. After basically going nowhere the last three weeks, I'm starting to think that I ought to switch back to the basic calorie layout which doesn't take into account your daily activity.

It's frustrating, but I'm trying to just use this as a chance to refocus, and really work hard this week to see what I can accomplish. I did take measurements last week, so I can also have something else to focus on, but after a week there isn't really much difference -- which also supports my theory that I ought to stick with the regular calorie plan at least for the time being, and be a little more careful for evening snacking!

Have a great SparkWeek everyone!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FRIDA11 8/9/2014 8:10AM

    Fruit or vegetables are beautiful with many colors.. Make more inspiring snacks with no bad confidence

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JUMPINJULIE 6/23/2014 9:36PM

    I think going to back to the old layout is a good idea. I don't combine it because I feel it always over estimates.

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GOSPARK45 6/23/2014 8:17PM

    I came to realize that SP always over estimates my calories allowed. I stayed the same for a year doing it "their way". Now I try to say UNDER the calories or just at the bottom. It's slowly coming off again. Maybe that count is just right for maintaining.

Good luck!

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JOANNKW 6/23/2014 2:32PM

    The only thing to watch out for is that if you aren't eating enough, your body will go into starvation mode and hang onto every calorie it can. So if going back to the lower range isn't working, maybe eat more! I know it is counter intuitive, but there it is!

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GAILANN48 6/23/2014 9:38AM

    I had the same experience, and am also back NOT counting activity toward extra calories. I figure the activity makes up for the errors I make in logging, LOL!

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SDLEE514 6/23/2014 8:51AM

    Yeah I find that too it "allows" me that many extra calories, so I'll take them--whether I"m hungry or not. Want that extra piece of x? sure, I have more calories left! Its dangerous for me. I find that if I try to keep my calories low I'll inevitably have days that food gets the best of me and I go over or have higher days anyways.

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EILEEN828 6/22/2014 4:38PM

    You are probably really close to it. Focus on cutting back on starches, which means mainly portion sizes, and only if you feel like it elimination. Replace with more freggies. It's summer so be sure to get some sun and hydrate well. Do some Earthing which means get in direct contact with the earth with your skin, no rubber soles in between, to get the benefits of free electrons used to eliminate the free radicals in your body. If you don't know what that means just look it up on the net. What can it hurt to try? Makes sense, even if it does sound silly. You'll feel better.

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ILOVEMALI 6/22/2014 12:43PM

    You've got a plan. I'll develop a plan. Let's stick with our plans this week! emoticon

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LOFLLAMA 6/22/2014 11:36AM

  Maybe that higher number is to maintain? I think you are right to lower your calories where YOU see improvement.

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