AAH421 - Have you been inputting your estimated calorie burn into the Spark Fitness Tracker? When I modified it for my typical week of workouts it adjusted my calories accordingly. I saw an elevation in calorie intake from what Spark had originally told me. Now it reads about 200 calories higher. This helps to better match the Harris equation. My numbers are still reading a bit lower on Spark than they were from the Harris equation though but from what I have been reading from other Sparkers this seems normal. I hope this helps. Let us know! :)
thanks for the advice to figure out how many cal to eat to lose. I dont think that i am eating enough cal either. i will do my measurement tonight to calculate.
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Pounds lost: 1.4
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My Harris Benedict equation results came to about 1670 calories a day after subtracting 500 to lose weight. I aim for 1400-1500 so that I have some leeway if I have one or two more bites of food here and there. My first two weeks of insanity I stuck to SparkPeople's 1200-1500 range (closer to 1200 for the same reason as above) and I gained a little weight. I honestly think my body was in starvation mode because I was constantly hungry, but after I gained .4 lbs during week 2 I upped my calorie intake to 1400-1500. A 200-300 calorie difference doesn't seem like a lot but it's been working great for me because I have been losing consistently and have a great amount of energy to get complete the workouts.
My suggestion to anyone who is doing Insanity and not seeing any weight loss would be to up your daily calories for a week (and protein!) according to the Harris Benedict equation and see what your results are like.
Pounds lost: 6.2
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Oh one more thing, i don't have a heart rate monitor to tell me how many calories im burning, do i still eat the calories that are recommended (which is 1900 cals) even though i don't know how many calories im burning?
Wow, ok well i was starting to panic a little bit because i haven't lost any weight since doing INSANITY, but i see that some of you haven't either, so in a way i feel a tad better lol. Do you think that at some point we'll lose weight doing INSANITY? Thanks for all the replies!
I just did the equation and it says I should be eating 2000 cals a day to lose weight (this is after subtracting the 500), but spark says 1200-1500 (which is what ive been trying to stay under)..... I'm just starting week 6 of insanity and have gained alot of muscle but havent lost weight.... should i up my cals??
current weight: 122.5
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I am also following the Harris Benedict model (as well as SP recommendations, which agrees with the HB model) and my calorie range is 2000-2300 a day. And yes, I lose a little weight here and there, but then my body is super clingy when it comes to weight. ;) Oh, and since I have trouble reaching my calorie range (unless I spend the entire day grazing, or indulging in crappy food), I don't know how much I'd lose if I managed to eat that much consistently. But I have to be honest - while doing Insanity, my body seems to be more interested in losing inches than weight. I'll take! LOL!
When you burn these amounts of calories, you really need to be careful to not put your body into starvation mode. Follow the recommendations and see what happens!
Edited by: MINNA72 at: 4/11/2011 (02:49)
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Ok so i went to the website you gave me (thank you by the way) and it said that the total calories that i should be eating is 1900 calories, and that was after subtracting the 500 calories to lose weight. Doesnt that seem a bit high? When you're eating your 1670 calories, are YOU losing?
current weight: 118.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,423) Posts: 13 4/10/11 11:00 P
Insanity suggests that you use the Harris Benedict Equation to determine how many calories you should consume each day. There's a couple of different factors/numbers that you have to multiply and add together, but in the end it gives you a caloric goal and if you're trying to lose weight you can subtract 500 calories from the end number. If you want to gain weight add 500, and if you want to maintain weight add 0. Here is a link to the equation: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculat or/harris-benedict-equation/
The calorie goal may seem higher than what you'd expect or even higher than what SparkPeople configured for you (I did the equation twice to make sure I didn't mess it up the first time), but your body needs all those calories because of Insanity's high intensity level. My number is 1670 and that was after subtracting 500 calories because I want to lose weight on the program! It seems like a lot of calories for someone trying to lose weight but I'm in week 6 and there's no way I would've made it this far if I was only consuming 1200 calories a day. Good luck to you!
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