Completely agree with below comment. Link the 2.And If you don't want all the caloric intake don't eat that much but if you stop losing up your food intake. On weight watchers you can eat all the fruits and veggies you want and they are considered free foods no points. So you can up the caloric intake in that way if needed. Don't let the calories scare you just be mindful of where your calories are coming from.
current weight: 213.0
Fitness Minutes: (30,172) Posts: 9,575 12/6/13 2:13 A
OK, here is my 2 cents. I workout about 300-500 on most days. My normal rang is 1600-1950. I usually count my workout cal from the low number of my range. If I burn 300 cal my new optimal amount is 1900. I also stay within my other ranges because I understand that is extremely important. I do know it is very important not to eat to little. A person will not lose weight at the optimal time if their body does not have enough cal. I agree that it is an individual thing and that the numbers spark are giving are estimate. If you stop losing chances are your not eating enough considering how much your exercising.
I hope we have helped you and not confused you even more. You will probably have to do some experimenting on your own to see what works for you. Just be sure your not robbing your body of enough cal. I did that and stopping losing altogether. Once I upped it a few hundred I started losing again.
I am 66. At my age, I specifically do not want to lose more than 1 pound each week. Some weeks I don't lose, some I do. But I do average 1 pound a week, or about 4 pounds a month. I am never hungry, because I eat when I get hungry. I rarely crave, because I have a bit of whatever I crave. I do the fruits and vegetables, and though I do not specifically get 8 glasses of pure water, I do get 8 glasses of black decaf and water combined. (About 3 cups decaf, the rest is water.) I am comfortable watching the nutrient ranges more than the calorie range. I want balance. I do also keep track of sodium and cholesterol and fiber too, so calories can just fall into place since I exercise to counter them.
Edited by: COO_KIE at: 12/6/2013 (07:32)
If this was your last day, how would you spend it?
Gals, our bodies are not calculators. Scientists can only estimate how these miracles of nature work, they don't know exactly how things happen... Sparknutrition is also an estimate. It points you to the right direction, but from then on it's a completely personal thing...
COO_KIE if you want to lose more weight, i guess you could try to cut down on your calories by 100-200 per day and see what happens. You know what happens with me? I've tried myself on 1200-1300 cal a day and on 1500-1800 a day. I lose EXACTLY THE SAME AMOUNT of weight in both cases. Do you know when I lose more? When my lifestyle changes from sedentary to active, and I don't mean exercise. During holidays, I am quite active at work and at home, but in winter and spring months, I sit on a desk most of the day because I study. I exercise the same at both times, but when I'm active I just lose more.
That's my own body, that's what works with it. Yours could either respond or not respond to the samer things as mine.
That means you burnt like 1000 calories that day, right? The nutrition tracker tells you how many calories you need to eat to lose weight. If you exercise, you create a x number of calories you can either a)eat AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT or b)bank, meaning you' ll stay in the original 1260-1600 cal (if you burn 1000 i think it's wise to eat like 1500-1800 calories, definitely not 1260), and the extra burnt calories will add up in the end of the week to create a larger deficit of calories than usual.
Exercise burns 500 calories calorie limit is 1260- 1600. new calorie limit: 1760-2100 cal
CHOICES a) eat 1300-1700 calories b) eat no more than 2100 calories
A pound equals a 3750 cal deficit a week. Sparkprogram aims to create that deficit. If you exercise for 180 minutes this week, let's say you burn 1200 calories. If you bank those calories, at the end of the week your deficit will be 3750+1200=4950, which is slightly over a pound of weight lost
OUTCOME of choice a you lose more than you usually do, always in a controlled, balanced and healthy way
OUTCOME of choice b you lose the same as every week 1-2 pounds
So it's all up to you. If you value speed more than food pleasure, bank your calories. If you value food pleasure more than speed of weight loss, eat your extra calories.
I understand your misgivings. Mine are connected, and the thought of eating that much scares me to death. So, I make sure I am in range for protein. carbs and fats. I only reach my calorie range on an extremely rare basis figured on the 'after fitness' goals. I just aim to the high side of the base range I was given, and do not panic if I am a few over the base allotment, since I am still well within the post exercise calculations. I am not losing much more than a pound a week on average, (usually less) so I don't think I need the extra thousand calories that they think I need.
If this was your last day, how would you spend it?
I have a question. My goal is to loss 2 pounds a week. I am a little inconsistent on exercising and, therefore, have never linked my fitness minutes to my food tracker. Unlinked, I was allowed between 1260-1600 calories a day. I OFTEN exceeded this. Today, I linked the two and my calories allowed shot WAY up!!!!! I mean like 2500+ calories for the day. I know it is dependent on the amount of exercise but this just seems really high.
Does anyone have an opinion or guidance on this issue?
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