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DIETITIANBECKY
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5/5/13 8:31 A

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This link will take you to an article the shows the formulas used to determine your calorie range. Steps # 8-10--specifically talks about the split in your range.


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
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5/5/13 1:11 A

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"If you tend to eat at the higher end of your calorie range, you will lose less weight and vice versa."

Yeah, this isn't actually true, either. I tend to lose weight better eating mid-range than eating low-range, even though I'm eating more calories.

You have a range because it's actually impossible to know *exactly* how many calories you've burned or eaten in a day. The range isn't all that big, really, and even at the high end you're still eating far enough under your average daily calories burned to lose weight just fine.

Part of this is just psychological, I think. We're so inundated with this idea that we have to follow some strict regiment that when we're given a natural fluctuation we don't know what to do with it. Just like your weight will go up one day and down the next naturally, your food intake can vary from day to day.

The range gives you what your lowest safe calorie intake is based on your current weight, how quickly you want to lose weight, and your activity level. You shouldn't eat less than this or you could cause your body to not want to lose weight because it doesn't feel it's getting enough. The high end is basically the most you should eat in order to meet your weight loss goal in the time you specified. Eating more than this can cause your weight loss to slow, but not necessarily stop all together, it's just you're not creating the same level of calorie deficit.

Part of Spark is learning lifelong skills to eat and be healthy, and there is no *one* number for that. Even Weight Watchers allows (or allowed, anyway, don't know if they still do?), flex points in a day, which is essentially the same thing as your range only here.

Learn to love flexibility and variety and don't let your range become a stumbling block for you. It's all working towards a better, healthier you!



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5/4/13 3:39 P

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because eating exactly x many calories every day is entirely unnatural. every day your body burns a different amount of calories based on the things that you do. so a range accounts for the fact that there is natural variance in your day [forget something in your house and had to run back inside? you burned more calories doing that that you would on a normal day. and every day there are dozens of these little variants] and a range gives you room to play with and account for these things as well as how hungry you happen to be on any given day.

-google first. ask questions later.



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5/4/13 3:28 P

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This is a range that if you stay within it, you will lose weight. You have to decide for yourself what amount of calories within that range you are comfortable with. If you tend to eat at the higher end of your calorie range, you will lose less weight and vice versa. I try to stay in the middle, but I would like to move to the lower end of my range.



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5/4/13 3:19 P

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Not sure if this is the place to ask this question, but I was wondering why there is a spread on my calorie counter? It says I can have anywhere from 1500 - 1850 calories. That seems like an awfully HUGE difference between the 2 numbers. Can someone please explain this to me maybe?



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