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KENDILYNN's Photo SparkPoints: (9,592)
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8/18/13 10:26 P

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Definitely double check the stats you entered with Spark People as well as your weight loss goal and end-date. You can either enter your estimated weekly calorie burn or switch to the new tracker which connects your nutrition tracker to your fitness tracker, recommending the appropriate number of calories based on your recorded workouts.

I kept the old tracker and estimate my weekly burn at around 2500 cals, and Spark still recommends 1700-2050 cals per day for my weight loss goal (9 extra vanity pounds). So I don't think 1800 is necessarily too high, but it depends on your height/weight and how many pounds you have to lose.

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8/18/13 10:16 P

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If you enter your information into SP's tracker setup, it will provide a range for you. Here's how that range is calculated:

Your range isn't 1200 to 1800 - that's not one SP provides. It generally has a 300 calorie range, but that's twice that. If you had 1200 for your minimum, the top would be 1550.

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8/18/13 9:38 P

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When you set yourself up for the calorie calculations, did you include how many calories you burned exercising? How do you calculate the workout calories - is most of it cardio? How much do you weigh, and how much are you trying to lose? What did you put as your goal date?

A lot of questions, I know, but 1200-1400 is definitely too low if you are exercising as much as you do. I am guessing you were aggressive in setting your goal date, which is why the range is so low.

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8/18/13 9:27 P

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Hi, I can't figure out how many calories I should be eating on a daily basis: right now, I workout out about 2 hours/day, cardio and strength training, and burn between 800-1000 calories. My BMR is 1,720 and I put as my nutrient goal at first that I should eat between 1,200-1,400 calories a day but quickly realized that I needed more with all the exercise so now my range is 1,200-1,800. Is 1,800 too much? I have no idea. I also drink about 4-5 liters of water a day.

Today for example, I burned 1,217 exercising and ate 1,714 calories (all super healthy). So my differential taking my BMR into account is -1,223.

I'm a 39 year old female with a slooooow metabolism.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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