I let SP set them based on my current weight and goal weight with target date. That's how I reached my goal weight because then as I logged my weight weekly my calories/P/F/C were all adjusted down automatically along my journey.
If setting your own calories works for you then go for it! One note - then the P/F/C doesn't auto adjust and you'll need to manually adjust those as well.
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I would have to check. I think I set my own because Spark People has it set too low. I tried the tracker for a while, but stopped because I prefer to use my paper WW tracker and count points not calories.
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Mine is at 1,200 - 1,80o a day but my dear friend who is BIG INTO the calorie counting / exercise tells me that is way to low for me. I set my own goals.... that need to be evaluated. I just have not turned the 'let sparks do the math' on yet!
HOWEVER - I almost ALWAYS meet the 1,200 - 1,300 range. ONLY that maybe why I am not losin any weight with all the activity I do.
I am not sure if that helps you .... but I would trust Sparks!
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I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT EVERYONE HAS SET ON THEIR NUTRITION TRACKER AND IF YOU STAY WITHIN THE CALORIES LISTED THERE.
Sparks has mine set at 1250-1500. I changed it to read 1200-1250 because if given the higher number I will tend to eat until I reach the number not because I am hungry it is just because I can!! Does that make any sense? So I changed mine to be at the lower end of the range and I feel a lot better at the end of the day knowing if I stay in this range I am staying within the guidelines and not go over.
WHERE IS YOUR NUTRITION TRACKER SET?
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