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CAROLISCIOUS
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7/19/08 11:13 A

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I get that message sometimes on my fitness page...that I have exceeded my calories burned and would I like to adjust my rec. calorie range. I don't change it because the calories burned is really just an estimate. It all depends on your body composition, your weight, how hard you push yourself. I set my goal to burn 500 cal 6 days a week, but I realize I may actually be burning less than that. As long as the scale keeps moving in the right direction, I know I have the right balance of calories in/calories out.

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BEDWARDS37883
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7/18/08 10:12 A

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True about the generalizations....I hadn't really thought about that aspect of the tracker. So far, I seem to be doing well with the calories I've been eating, and haven't been tired. I guess I'll stick with that for now....thanks for the advice.
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BAMAGIRL58
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7/17/08 8:18 P

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Barbra, it sounds like Heather has good advice. I have heard of this before but never encountered it. Must mean you are doing a great job exercising. I would also add that I think you should wait to make any changes. You want to aim for a loss of 1-2# per week. If you are exceeding that or feeling bad, then it would be good to up your caloric intake. Otherwise, maybe listen to your body. The thing that concerns me is that the fitness calories burned are generalized. There is no way to know if you are burning that number or to know if your intensity is more or less than the computer is calculating with. I am afraid that it might not be completely accurate. I am no expert of course--these are just observations. Congrats on the exercise!

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MRSHEATHERB
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7/17/08 2:30 P

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I've run into that problem before. The more you work out, the more food you need for exercise fuel. If this is the first time SP has recommended you change your nutrition, I wouldn't change it yet, but if you keep exceeded the number of calories burned, you should increase your intake.

There is also a setting on where you can enter a flat number of calories you want to burn and it'll adjust your nutrition goals to match.

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BEDWARDS37883
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7/17/08 1:42 P

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Anyone have this problem?

I've been working out a lot, and as I track it on Spark, I've been going over my recommended calories burned by quite a bit. When I went in and updated my fitness plan, I'm now being told to eat even MORE calories. I was already having a hard time on some days meeting my minimum. Anyone else seeing their calories go up like that?

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"Fall seven times, stand up eight." -Japanese proverb

"One man had enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life."
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