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GAYEPB
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4/23/13 4:13 P

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I found that the calories burned on the exercise machines and my fit bit, are all different even from Spark. I just keep tracking in Spark. I never understood how that worked either.



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UNIDENT
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4/23/13 4:01 P

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Is your tracker only a stage? It says you have 3kg (about 7lbs) left to lose. With so little to lose, your body only wants to lose that slowly, and you should be aiming for a half a pound a week - only a 250 calorie daily deficit. If you're burning 550 in exercise most days that means eating 300 above your maintenance (non-exercise) level to support that level of exercise and still keep an appropriately small deficit.

So yeah, that value could be right.

If you have been eating lower, you're happy lower, and you're successfully losing weight on lower, then bring your goal date forward. That will make your range lower.

Deb, in New Zealand


HENDERSONM
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4/23/13 3:39 P

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So i went ahead and updated it. 550 x 5 = 2,750 calories a week (5 days)...now it says i need to eat between 1850 and 2190. That is crazy!



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VESUVIOUS
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4/23/13 3:19 P

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My diet calorie range is similar....it does seem like a lot on the high end. I try to stay on the lower end as I am afraid I won't lose at the high end. Weights coming off so slowly as it is!!! emoticon

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UNIDENT
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4/23/13 2:47 P

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Yes that's a problem.

You're right that Spark guesstimates your calories burned based on your time, but also, it's the calories to burn value that is used in calculating your range. So if you're doing triple what that says, you should probably update it.

On the Fitness Goals page is a box to input how many calories you actually do burn per week. That will ensure your intake range is as accurate as possible for your goals. (It may or may not change).

Deb, in New Zealand


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4/23/13 2:13 P

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I'd recommend updating your calories burned goal to reflect the amount of exercise you're actually doing. Just click the Fitness Setup button at the top of your tracker, and you can adjust the number from there. It may or may not change your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges.

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford


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4/23/13 2:02 P

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I burn way more than Spark suggests as well. If you are feeling satisfied, and not like you are starving yoruself, I wouldn't worry. You are probably just fine.



HENDERSONM
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4/23/13 1:35 P

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Spark People suggests I burn 207 Calories a day and eat 1850.

I am burning around 600 and eating 1850. Is this a problem?

I think that the calories that SP suggests is merely based on the time I say I am going to work out.



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