SparkPeople does not factor in activity level - you are absolutely correct. However, you can and should enter the amount of calories you burn weekly in your Fitness Goals. This will actually put you in a good range for losing weight most of the time.
Yes, I hit a plateau just before this team was started and I went to the Expert's Message Board for Fitness and Exercise www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_t
and I posted there asking what they thought my activity level was and how many calories I should be eating. They came back with Moderately Active and told me to start eating 1600 calories daily. I took "a leap of faith" and increased my calories immediately and yes, my plateau broke by me eating an extra 400 calories daily.
Then I joined this team and started using the BTN chart and I continue to use it daily ever since.
When I learned about Calorie Deficit I learned from another team and calculated the CDE manually at www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php
but the Chart is just easier for me to use.
I have no answer why SparkPeople refuses to account for the activity level. Really it needs to be factored in.
Good luck to you! You can do this!
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