When I first started losing weight I wasn't on Spark, so I just stuck to 1200 calories max...no exercise I lost weight this way but hit a plateau, like a 2 month long one. I joined Spark and they recommended something like 1300-1650 or something like that, I can't remember for sure. Once I upped my calories to 1300-1500 a day my weight loss started up again. Now, they gave me a maintenance range of 1490-1840, but as I mentioned before, I've been eating in the 1700-1750 range and still am losing. So, I guess I should eat at the very top of my range they gave me to see what that does.
TOGEMON by the way it's interesting how yours and mine starting and ending weights are almost exactly the same, and we're both 30 :) My original goal weight was 150. I'll probably try for 140 after the new year, just to get into the "normal" BMI range.
Are any of y'all going by what Spark recommended? For me, it said 1200-1550 a day, so I've been sticking to that, which doesn't seem like much... but then I'm pretty sedentary at the moment ^^; My doctor didn't give me a range... just told me to exercise more. Not much help, since I can tell myself that! ;)
current weight: 159.0
Fitness Minutes: (16,214) Posts: 1,617 11/14/12 2:59 P
Basically, this calculates how much your body would burn if you were like, in a coma. So, for me at 5'3" and 146.5lbs, at the age of 30, my BMR is 1446. Then, you take that number and multiply it by an "activity factor" based on how much physical activity you do. Here are the multipliers:
If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2 If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375 If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55 If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725 If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9
You would probably be somewhere between the 1.2 and 1.375 calculations. In theory, this is how much you can eat to maintain your weight. If you want to lose, you have to eat less. It's not perfect though. I ate at my BMR + 1.2 activity rate level (which is 1736) and still lost weight. So you do still have to experiment some, but it's at least helpful to get a starting number to work off of.
Also as you mentioned, age is a big factor, that's why the calculator asks for it. My mom is 62, 5 feet tall and 147lbs and her BMR with 1.2 activity rate is only 1542. If I had the same height & weight, mine would be 1722.
One last thing to keep in mind is that the less you have to lose, the slower it will come off. It also can take a month for results to show on the scale, so if you're sticking with the 1500, you'll need to do it for at least 4 weeks to decide whether or not it's working for you.
If you have any of the other symptoms for low thyroid, ask for a more in depth test. looking back, I had low thyroid for at least two years before the basic test indicated that I needed meds. and what a difference the meds made. I'm still struggling much more than I used to losing weight, but I feel so much better. Its like night and day.
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current weight: 191.4
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I USED to be able to drop weight at a higher calorie count, but that was pre-menopause. For the last year, though, I've been struggling! Tried weight watchers, which was ALWAYS successful in the past -- no dice.
Even tried a rigorous "detox" sugar-and-flour-free diet for a month -- and lost only a little water weight. I had hoped that maybe the issue was a new intolerance for something like gluten... but nope.
I did have my thyroid levels checked; they're very slightly off, but not enough to medicate for.
So I'm assuming that I just need less food than I used to... and that I'm gonna have to live with fewer calories. Of course, exercise is also key, and I'm still in the middle of directing a show -- so am getting only the basic minimum. I walk about 20 minutes, do lots of reps in my office with 8 pound dumb bells, do a little stretching...
That sounds like too little to me....I'm only 4'11 and can (and have) lost on 1700-1900. I don't go below 1600. My doctor honestly just told me more fruits and vegetables and walking!!
Then again I probably only have a weight problem because of years of dieting (or just eating too little) combined with boredom eating. I nipped the boredom eating the bud and seem to be losing just from that.
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current weight: 137.9
Fitness Minutes: (3,359) Posts: 386 11/13/12 7:00 P
When I first started trying to lose weight, my doc told me to stick to no more than 1600 calories per day. When that didn't work, I dropped to 1450... but I find that I consistently eat 1500. So I figured "go with what works," and upped my actual GOAL to 1500 per day, plus 20+ minutes of exercise at least five days per week.
I'm not sure if it makes sense to match the goal to the eating habits, rather than matching the eating habits to the goal...
Just started the 1500/day today, but am not holding my breath relative to speedy weight loss!
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