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# Spark's suggested caloric intake too low?

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 DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 25,568 1/29/13 3:53 P We would need more:heightweightagean example of a typical day's planned exercisewhat type job do you have ---desk, student, line worker, constuction worker.Sparkpeople Registered Dietitian BeckyFeel free to spark-mail me privately if you wish

JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
1/29/13 1:50 P

How much do you weigh now? How close are you to a healthy weight? How much extra exercise do you do, and did you enter the calories burned into your fitness tracker (not just what you burned for the day, but in the box on your set-up page)? What is your goal per week? If you only have 20-25 pounds to lose, you have a low calories burned number in your tracker and a 2 pound a week goal, yeah, your range will be low. If you think it's all entered correctly, I'd start from scratch. Re-enter everything and see what happens. You could also double check with a BMR calculator/formula, use a moderate multiplier (people notoriously overestimate their activity levels) and then subtract 10-20% from that for a calorie goal to lose.

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Currently maintaining under 120 and working on changing my mental image of myself!

 current weight: 136.0

 165 152.5 140 127.5
115

 UNIDENT Posts: 33,453 1/29/13 1:47 P You really need to provide a lot more information.Here is how Spark calculates your range and what values they take into account in that formula:www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calculation101.aspWhat values was your friend using in suggesting that value? I agree 1900 is exceptionally high for weight loss and seems more of a maintenance range. Was she using your current weight, the weight you want to be, the time you want to lose it in, your activity level, your exercise, and your BMR in giving you 1900 as a goal? Deb, in New Zealand

 NORDICKK Posts: 4 1/29/13 1:38 P I entered all the information correctly, so I'm not sure what the issue is. My friend asked me about all the things I do in a day and how much exercise and she figured I burn about 2600 calories a day. So, 1200-1500 seems pretty drastic, even for weight loss. I do want to lose a lot of weight this year, but I'm worried I'll plateau if I'm not eating enough.

 DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 25,568 1/29/13 12:59 P 1200-1550 is a calorie range for weight loss. It is very typical for females who want to lose about 1-2 pounds weekly1900--sounds more like a calorie amount for weight maintenance???OR...if your exercise is very high--have you accurately entered the information in your SP program??Dietitian Becky Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 1/29/2013 (13:00)

JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
1/29/13 12:59 P

What is your goal set at? If you don't have much to lose, and you set a 2 pounds per week goal, then you'll likely get the lowest range. Are your exercise calories properly entered into your fitness tracker? Is the 1900 calorie recommendation a maintenance figure, or does it take wanted loss into account? (My maintenance figure, using a BMR formula and a moderate activity modifer, is around 1800.) If you used a BMR calculator, did you use too high of an activity modifier? I'd look at all of those things, and readjust accordinly. If you think your SP range is too low, then eat more. If you lose, great, if you don't, then maybe give the SP range a shot. It's all a giant science experiment anyway.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/29/2013 (13:01)
I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Currently maintaining under 120 and working on changing my mental image of myself!

 current weight: 136.0

 165 152.5 140 127.5
115

 NORDICKK Posts: 4 1/29/13 12:53 P I've been following the spark recommended calorie intake of 1200-1550, but when I calculate it on other sites, it says I should be eating around 1900 calories based on my info. My friend is studying food science and she says that is a really low recommendation too. Any thoughts?

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