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Fitness Minutes: (14,358) Posts: 3 6/17/13 12:50 P
No - I follow the F2F advice. When I do, I lose. I am getting back into tracking right now. I know it will come off steadily this way.
current weight: 213.8
Fitness Minutes: (20,738) Posts: 6,431 5/4/13 9:00 A
I have found that I need to adjust the calorie range on Spark. The lower range is ALWAYS below my BMR.
Recently, I've been eating under my suggested calories due to stress...which is odd because before I was eating OVER my needed calories due to stress.
I'm going to find a healthy balance soon.
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I'm 5ft 6.5 inches, not short, not tall. I'm working my way back to the size I want to be. On a journey for strength and good health.
Total SparkPoints: 72,403
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Posts: 171 4/20/13 12:55 P
I agree about the total calories. I burn more calories when out and about and working around the house. When I am in the city I sit more and there is more screen time.
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
current weight: 191.4
Posts: 121 4/18/13 12:06 P
Good luck to all you intuitiive eaters. I find myself to be an intuitive overeater, so I will continue to track my calories most days. JSnow, I sometimes find it difficult to stay under 2200 also!
current weight: 132.5
Fitness Minutes: (5,301) Posts: 108 4/13/13 10:08 A
Yes, right now, I am working toward never going over my Spark range and it's surprisingly difficult even though the max is at about 2200 now.
Today is a new day with no calories in it!
current weight: 197.9
Posts: 65 4/4/13 11:29 A
I lost 60 lbs in a little more than a year, in 2007-8, using the SP ranges and stopping when I felt I had had enough of tracking and counting and had come to a place where my body didn't seem to want to drop any more weight without absolutely perfect eating and strict exercise. Frankly, I just didn't want to struggle that hard anymore! Unlike a lot of people in that situation, I didn't put all the weight back on: 10 lbs crept on last summer/fall which I've just managed to get off (in 3 months) by eating 1700 ish calories, not the 1250-1500 that SP has always alotted me. It's just easier to have that wiggle room of a few hundred calories so that I don't get too hungry. I have also learned to eat a little more food early in the day before I go out on a vigorous activity so my blood sugar doesn't dip at the wrong time. I just bought a fitbit, to see if I can get a better handle on my calorie needs, so I don't go creeping up again.
Edited by: RABIES1965 at: 4/4/2013 (11:51)
Exercise should be about rewarding yourself with strength and endorphins, not punishing yourself for what you have eaten. -- something uncredited that I read on Facebook
current weight: 10.7 over
Posts: 430 3/31/13 10:10 P
I agree! Calorie counting, while useful, drives me crazy and I don't want to live my life like that. Periodically I will track calories just to see where I'm at, but my long-term goal is to be an intuitive eater. I am trying to live with myself at 126 (strong and healthy, but no longer a size 2 like I was in 2010). Coming to peace with my body image has been my hardest struggle yet. Media images made me want to stay skinny, but I am much more comfortable at this current weight. I'm not "white-knuckling" life.
current weight: 128.1
Posts: 10 3/31/13 2:40 P
I use the intuitive eating method of judging my food portions. Calorie counting makes me crazy and I don't do it.
When i am balanced about my food choices, I tend to eat right about the F2F calorie reccomendation naturally.
Body Fat %: 29.0
Posts: 121 3/29/13 5:51 P
My Bodymedia armband is very accurate in reporting my burn. Better than a Fitbit. The F2F calculator is close to what my Bodymedia averages if I use the calculation where you put in your body fat %. If I use the other one it is too low.
I think a lot of people overestimate their activity level, and thus eat too many calories based on the F2F calculator. It does not really matter how many minutes a day you exercise if you sit the rest of the day. It is total movement over the whole day that really counts and adds up to a good burn.
current weight: 132.5
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 3/22/13 10:53 A
No, I use an activity tracker and base my input on my burn. The tracker range is too low. I typically burn 2000 to 2500 Kcals a day. I am short and at my idea weight and my fat % is the lean category, but I must watch carefully as my size makes it easy creep up.
Posts: 132 3/21/13 11:01 A
I'm actually having issues with calories. I agree that I should never go below my bmr, I'm just not convinced that the calculators are correct about my bmr. I've tried different ways and nothing seems to work right now. I'm on a medicine that causes weight issues so when I started the doctor said to be happy with only 1/2 lbs loss a week. I can't even get that! According to the math I should be losing about 1 1/2 pounds a week but I've gained the last couple of weeks instead. I use fitbit so to make it easier I shoot for a 1500 calorie intake and 2000 calories burn. I don't burn that on the weekends so lower my calories. I just keep telling myself I'm making lifestyle changes for health and the weight loss is a side effect but after a month and a half no loss then a little gain its frustrating.
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Pounds lost: 21.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,113) Posts: 6,535 3/19/13 10:16 P
thanks for the link. I have always wondered about that. It always seemed to me like the standard BMR calc was a little low then F2F seemed pretty high. It makes sense because there have been many times I have eaten WAY above my calorie range and never gained, especially when training.
I seriously wonder if I have been eating too little and it actually works against me. I will typically eat around 2000-2200. Anything less than 2000 and I am always hungry.
I think the F2F calorie range of almost 2700 is more reasonable, especially when training.
I also adjusted my Spark tracker to allow ~2000 kcal per day. There is no way I could live on 1200 kcal/day!
current weight: 128.1
Fitness Minutes: (90,745) Posts: 10,250 3/15/13 3:57 A
I adjusted my Spark tracker to meet my BMR keeping in mind that on low exercise days I use the lower range numbers. It is hard to wipe away the mindset of the 1200-1400 number range. For some reason that seems to be the "go to" for women to aim at. or maybe even the 1000 calorie mark.
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current weight: 176.2
Posts: 1,299 3/12/13 8:03 A
The calorie range suggested by the Spark tracker is lower than suggested by the F2F philosophy of never eating below your BMR, multiplied by your activity level. Was that too confusing? Just follow this link to the F2F BMR calculator www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/bmr/
Do you eat at the Spark tracker calorie range or at your BMR?
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