Do I just need to change my fitness minutes? Or is there something else that I should change? (Before I just had my goal to burn 2500 calories a week from activity). If i change my fitness minutes to 90 minutes per day it gives me 1480-1700 calories...which is a lot closer. That seems like alot of minutes, but I guess if I count the walking I'm doing throughout the day it is probably anywhere from 90-120 of activity per day that I get in total (walking around plus formal exercise).
That was my thought, too--did you enter your estimated weekly burn on the fitness tab, or have you been entering what you are doing for activity consistently there? That's the only way SP can estimate what you should be eating. If you're working out hard and do a lot of walking, you may well be burning more than what SP expects--that's only an estimate based. I would think increasing your calories to try and keep around a 1,000 calorie deficit for two to three weeks to give your body time to adjust to the changes would be the best way to test it out.
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Fitness Minutes: (8,341) Posts: 12 3/19/12 8:42 P
Yep - I did. but I only logged (and planned for) my formal exercise which only equated to about 300 extra calories a day, max. I used a HRM for my formal exercise before and I would always try to hit a 2500 calorie per week burn. But even with that, Spark wanted me to eat 1250-1600 calories per day with a 1.5 lb a week weight loss.
Also I understand that is a general equation which doesnt necessarily work for everyone. I am not trying to knock SP, I am trying to see if others have had this experience with their bodybugg. Obviously Spark is only as good as the entries, and I apparently severely underestimated the walking I do on a daily basis. Either that, or the bodybugg is severely overestimating my burn.
Did you enter in an estimated weekly burn through exercise on the fitness tab? Unless you specifically give sparkpeople that estimate, it will assume you are a couch potato and give you a calorie range based on that.
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Fitness Minutes: (8,341) Posts: 12 3/19/12 8:05 P
I have been unsuccessfully losing and gaining back the same weight over the last few years by doing Sparkpeople and Weight Watchers off and on. My #1 problem is lack of consistency....no question there. I have been wearing my bodybugg for about a week and my burns are consistently about 3000 to 3200 calories on most days. I am 30 y/o female, 210, and I workout 3-5 days a week. I have a desk job, but apparently walk around more than I thought I did to/from my downtown office building and between meetings. I try to make my non-workout days ones that I do a lot of walking around (errands, walks with my kids around the neighborhood, etc). This means that to keep a 1,000 calorie defecit, I am eating anywhere between 1,800 and 2,200 calories per day! What? According to Sparkpeople I should be eating between 1250-1600 calories per day to lose 2 pounds a week (I understand this is just an average but I am shocked I am above average on my burn and by so much). I just can't believe how high my burn is. Can this really work? Should I try for a few weeks and then cut back on my calories more if I don't lose? I am really hoping this is my true burn...because I have a REALLY hard time sticking to 1200-1500 calories a day. That is why I am so inconsistent...because it is just too strict and I can't stand it and give up and overeat like there is no tomorrow. I have gone off and on diets more times than I can count, and I think it is because I have been unrealistic with myself all this time. The other thing is...I had my thyroid removed due to cancer last year and am on a high dose of Synthroid as a replacement hormone. Do you think it still calculates accurately for me? I know that my endo is keeping my thyroid levels slightly hyper so the cancer does not grow back, which supposedly should help me lose a little weight according to my docs. So far, my body just FEELS better eating higher calories (and so does my mind!) Too early yet to tell if it will help me start taking off the pounds again...I have kind of been stuck at where I am for awhile. But in my eyes, if it helps me be consistent and practice moderation...that is a step in the right direction! (Moderation is tough for me...I am a perfectionist by nature). I absolutely love doing group fitness classes (kickboxing, boot camp, etc) but this bodybugg is showing me that even on days I can't get there, I can make a difference by adding a little more walking to my day...and it is helping me cut myself some slack when I just can't 'make it' on a perfect 1200 or even 1500 calorie diet. I just feel so AMAZING about this...but I am skeptical. If anyone else has been in the same boat...I'd love to hear from you. Even if it takes longer, I'm excited to finally be able to not obsess over food! To be able to control my burn and see how my actions impact my burn...to be able to enjoy some treats every now and then without extreme guilt. And I love how the bodybugg makes me want to take the stairs up 9 floors in the parking ramp after a long day at work. :)
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