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2/21/13 1:28 P

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Ingbaden, I posted about this on another thread but I cannot figure out how Spark comes up with our exercise calories. It always adds up to be more than the total calorie burn on fitbit if you look at the calorie differential report on Spark and compare it to the fitbit total calorie burn. But even though I can't figure out what the Spark calorie burn is based on, I am pretty sure it includes our bmr. So I have been taking a typical moderately active week's total calorie burn then subtracting 1 calorie per minute and rounding up to a nearest 100 or so. Then entering that as my weekly burn goal. The other thing, is I make sure my Spark deadline matches the date fitbit predicted I would reach my goal weight--this is important as it tells Spark how quickly we want to lose. (Spark will warn you if you choose too fast a rate of loss). This made my Spark allowance more inline with my fitbit allowance. Well, the lower end on Spark is similar to my allowance on a sedentary day on fitbit.

I do get that "you are burning too many calories" message but I ignore it. Originally I wanted to base my allowance on my fitibt activity level, so that is why I do it this way. But after closer examination... Spark always comes up with a much higher calorie burn than my total fitbit burn, I looked at my numbers two days ago and Spark was about 500 calories higher. That is kind of a lot. So, I think if someone is lightly or moderately active (not very, very active), it might work just fine to only enter the amount of intentional exercise you do in a week into that goal. And then just ignore the "burning too much" message. The BMR Spark uses credits me with more than 100 calories more for existing than the formula fitbit uses. I think for me, fitbit's formula seems more accurate so I am not as worried about including daily activity after I noticed this. I would still make sure the Spark deadline matches the date fitbit predicts you will reach the goal.

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2/21/13 1:00 P

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I went into shock when the top amount of my calories doubled LOL

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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2/21/13 12:41 P

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Yeah at 207 it had me between 1250 to 1600 now at 189.5 it has me between 1640-1990!

Granted I do an hour on the eliptical 5 to 6 days a week, 15,000 steps a day and 20 flights of stairs a day so my activity is pretty high.

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2/21/13 12:09 P

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I have had a few times when my weight went up to do fluid after surgery and obvously my activity levels changed, and once again my suggested calories were lowered until I lost that water and my activity level increased

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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2/21/13 11:53 A

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Okay that is what I was thinking, makes sense as I had hit quite the plateau. Maybe I had been in starvation mode.

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2/21/13 11:51 A

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SP does that to me constantly so that i will not go into starvation mode They adjust it I believe every 10 or 15 pounds of weight loss you have and also based on your activity levels

I started out with 1600 calories at 253 and now it is 2500-3200 calories a day at 208.

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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2/21/13 11:44 A

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So I have my fitbit one synced with Spark and I wear it constantly.

I weighed in this morning and had a loss Yay. So I entered my weight loss into spark and updated everything.

IT INCREASED MY CALORIES. What the heck. I do still want to lose another 20 to 25 pounds. I am wondering if since my fitbit shows me doing much more activity (I walk stairs on my breaks from work etc) if i had been eating too little and it automatically adjusted based on the fitbit sycing with sp fitness

Thoughts?

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