Linda, you've been great! Thanks loads for your help and no, I didn't do the maths, 666...eek!!! I will be sure not to burn exactly 4000 calories in a 6 day week ever...lol! Hmm...the loose skin, I've been rather lucky so far, don't have much of that, mostly my bingo wings and a bit of excess tummy. But that's something to consider
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Sweetie, I can't suggest something that goes against The Spark Program - which maximizes 2 lbs lost per week as a goal.
I can understand "symbolic" but healthy is really more important. (OMG, do you realize that 4000 divided by 6 = 666??)
If you are doing 3 lbs per week with a doctor's program, I wouldn't ever go against your doctor. But really, what is the hurry? I have enough loose skin for both of us and that was taking 95 lbs off safely at 2 lbs per week on average. (Just FYI, it took me 16 months.)
If the scale isn't moving for you, try putting some cardio into your afternoons/evenings to help jump-start your metabolism later in the day. This worked for me with my first plateau. My 2nd plateau I had to add 400 calories daily to start losing weight again (I was about 170 lbs at that point.)
Other than this, we are supposed to refer you to the "expert" forums for diet & fitness.
Hey guys thanks for the warm welcome!!! Linda, I only work out 6 days a week at the most, I try to rest on Sundays and start again on Monday. But assuming I workout sundays, looking at your calculation again, I get a deficit of 1562 * 7 days = 10,934. 1 pound is 3,500 calories so that should be roughly 3+ pounds per week. Unfortunately the scale doesn't respond to that maths. I've tried resetting my target date, but it keeps trying to move my reach by date to 2011, at a rate of 2Ibs loss per week. My present goal date is quite symbolic for me, so I don't want to change it. So back to my initial question then, maintaining a 1200 - 1500 calorie range despite what the SP tracker suggests is quite reasonable right? I'm in this for the long haul and I don't want to crash and burn along the way, but I also can't see myself eating a minimum of 1500 calories a day.
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If I divide 4000 calories by 7, this gives approximately 571 calories burned daily. Your BMR is 2133, minus 571 = 1562. If I am figuring this out correctly, this would only net you 1+ lb per week lost?
When was the last time you changed your goals on your start page? This could be the problem since I am figuring your calories should be between 1200-1550 for a 2 lb per week weight loss.
Go to your Start Page, scroll down to My Goals and click on change. Now I want you to click on "Need Help - Enter Target Weight, Find Out How Long it Will Take" and then type in the amount of weight you wish to lose per week. I used 2 lbs but you can use less if you want. Never to go over 2 lbs.
This should reset your calorie recommendation - it needs to be redone every time you lose 10 lbs.
Next, go to the Fitness Tracker and click on "Change Fitness Goals" and make sure you have the 4000 calories burned per week and not just the number of minutes of Cardio done. SP will not automatically insert the number of calories burned for you - in fact, mine is empty right now and I keep putting in 3500, lol.
Lastly, consider joining our Calorie Differential Challenge - not really a challenge but it is working for us. You can safely ignore the recommended calorie range if you are carefully tracking your differential since both will accomplish weight loss. Never allow your deficit to go over 1000.
Welcome to the team! We are really glad to have you with us on this journey!
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I'm new to the group but I feel like this group was made for me. I track my numbers closely (friends might say compulsively, lol) but it works for me and I do like the structure it provides for my weightloss journey. But I got a problem. So far I've lost about 60 pounds on a 1200 calorie diet. But I was recently ill and in hospital and since then been trying to get back on track with my diet and exercise. I try to work out for about 70 mins a day / burn about 4000 calories a week. My BMR is 2133 and the SP food tracker says I need to consume 1810 to 2160 calories a day for this level of exercise and BMR. But I can't!!!! I'm trying to lose weight not gain it. I've revised my tracker to 1500 to 1850 calories and I still feel that is too much. I honestly don't think I could eat 1800 calories a day. I ate about 1540 yesterday and I felt so greedy. I had to eat some pumpkin bread and have an ice cold coffee (stuff I'd never do normally) to push up my calorie intake. What if I get used to eating junk again and undo all my hard work. Right now I eat loads of fruits, veggies and complex carbs and I cook almost all my meals, so though I find them filling, they are not particularly calorie heavy. To make up the jump from 1200 to 1500, I'm not sure it's going to be healthy food going in. What do you guys advise. My daily calories deficit ranges between 1500 to 2000.
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