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The calorie requirements are very individualized, based on how much you currently weigh, how much you want to weigh, and how quickly you plan to reach that goal. If you weigh a lot and are planning on a slower rate of weight loss (as indicated by your set-up process), then your calorie range will be on the higher end, for example.
Many people think that to lose weight they have to eat very, very little--but this is not necessarily true. I say to give it a few weeks and see how you feel and how your body responds--definitely eat within your range and not below it.
To find out how SP calculated your calorie range, check out this article for more details. It will explain a lot! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
Hope that helps,
I have a diet book at home that recommends that women who do low to moderate amounts of exercise and weigh 181 - 200+ lbs eat 1,465 calories per day and that those who do moderate to high levels of exercise eat 1,700 calories. It recommends women 141 - 180 lbs eat 1,250 - 1,465 depending on the amount of exercise they do and, it recommends 1, 060 calories per day for women under 140 lbs who do low to moderate amounts of exercise. Most diets, you probably know, just say 1,200 calories for women and do not address their weight.
You can try the lower levels of what SP suggests and adjust from there if you are not losing 2 lbs/wk.
Good luck and welcome to SparkPeople.
And if you are very active, you'll need more calories as well.
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I believe they base it on what they feel you need based on your current weight.
I've just recently joined Sparkpeople and started tracking my calorie intake. I know I was eating poorly, I was eating a lot of fat and not enough vegetables. But I'm amazed at how high my calorie requirement for the day is. Sparkpeople recommends that I should consume between 1700-2100 calories a day, roughly. Does this seem right to you guys? This seems somewhat high to me. I would love to hear your input.