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7/31/13 8:25 P

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Very great info. Something to think about.

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7/30/13 6:45 A

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Glad they made it something you can change now! For me, who sometimes exercises late in the day, I just can't see suddenly adding on calories because I exercised. I like the old way and it has worked for me, hence maintenance.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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7/30/13 6:31 A

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Great news I didn't know we could choose which we wanted I'm going ot try the new system for a little longer it been to soon to tell how its working

Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )

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7/30/13 5:12 A

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UPDATE 7/15/13: All members can now switch between either calorie calculation option at any time. Here is a link that will help you determine which option is right for you and how to tell which setting is currently active for you.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/hel
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I've seen people discussing an "old" and "new" method of calculating calorie ranges on SparkPeople. How do I know which method my account is using and which option is right for me?

When it comes to weight loss/management, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We know that different techniques work for different people, and every SparkPeople member is acting like a scientist in an "experiment of one" to discover what works for them. That's why SparkPeople offers two different methods of determining your daily calorie range. Members can switch to either option at any time based on preferences and effectiveness. You may find that one option works well for a while, but later want to experiment with the other method to jump-start your results, for example. Throughout your journey, our team of coaches and supportive members will be here to help you make the best choice and reach your goals.

We'll explain both calorie options in detail here so you can decide which is right for your body today.

There are two great options you can choose from to determine your daily calorie range. You can only be in one option at any given time. We recommend following one method for at least a few days (maybe even a few weeks) to notice whether that calorie range works for you. (To see which option is currently selected on your account, or to change your settings, visit your ”Account/Email Preferences" page.

OPTION 1: Turn "on" communication between your Fitness Tracker and your Nutrition Tracker. With this option selected, all of the calories burned that you track via the Fitness Tracker (or using an activity tracker synced with your SparkPeople account) will get added into your daily calorie range. The amount of calories you can eat each day will increase when you track your fitness.
Note: This is the default option for all members who joined the site after 7/10/13.

Things to Consider about This Option

This approach may provide a more accurate calorie goal for people who are generally sedentary (no exercise, limited mobility, etc.), people who have very active jobs, people who are in "weight maintenance" mode, people who have a fitness/activity tracking device synced with their SparkPeople account, and people who exercise at high levels—especially endurance athletes who do large amounts of exercise on a single day.
Some people may find this approach to be motivational—a reason to commit to exercise and to track your workouts on the Fitness Tracker, both of which are healthy habits. In our experience, we often see that people who are doing even small amounts of consistent exercise are more likely to feel better and see more positive improvements.
This approach will allow you to eat more calories on the days you work out. A lot of people feel better and perform better when their daily caloric deficit isn't so large.
Every day that you track fitness, your calorie range will change. You will not know how many calories you could eat each day until you track your fitness for that day.
Eating back all of the calories you burn from exercising may still help you lost weight—or it might not. You may need to experiment a little to find the "sweet spot" in your adjusted range that works for you.
We recommend aiming for the middle of your adjusted daily calorie range for best results. Consistently eating at the high end of your range may slow down or stop weight loss for some people.

OPTION 2: Turn "off" communication between your Fitness Tracker and your Nutrition Tracker. With this option selected, the fitness you track will NOT affect your daily calorie range, and you will have one consistent calorie range to aim for every single day. Under this method, our system assumes you are generally sedentary, so if you do exercise consistently, you should edit your fitness program settings to indicate how much you exercise on a weekly basis (so your daily calorie goals are as accurate as possible).
Note: This is the default option for all members who joined the site before 7/10/13.

Things to Consider about this Option:

This approach may provide a more accurate calorie goal for people who have more than 50 or less than 20 pounds to lose.
You can still track your workouts on the Fitness Tracker, but your calorie range will not adjust to compensate for very active days.
You will have one consistent calorie goal to aim for each day (rather than a variable goal).
This approach is designed to increase your caloric deficit when you exercise.
We recommend experimenting with eating at the low, middle or high end of your calorie range using this method to find what makes you feel best and still gives you results. You may want to eat near the upper end on days that you exercise, or closer to the middle or lower end on days you are sedentary.


Whatever method you choose, SparkPeople strongly believes in the benefits of consistent exercise and that it can help people reach many goals. Our experts and members can answer your questions about this topic and more in the Diet & Nutrition Message Boards.



Edited by: DEADCENTER at: 7/30/2013 (05:17)
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7/29/13 8:49 P

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I changed over to the new tracker, but I keep "my" calorie range in my head. I think the new tracker was made for people to see if they want to eat more then they need to exercise more and how exercise directly affects your nutrition.

I read that the people just starting on Spark will automatically get the new tracker, but those of us "oldies" have a choice. Make sure you want it because once you switch over, you can't switch back. (I guess you could always try to see if it would work.)

I'll admit that I'm still eating in my old calorie range. I figure if I've been satisfied before in this range, then I'll stay. However, on those days that I am just famished because of a "hard" workout, then I may eat at the upper end or slightly over.

*There may be the other reason is that people need to eat more to refuel after a longer, harder, more intense workout. The new range takes that into account and will help keep people from eating too less and from feeling "bad" about eating more.

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7/29/13 7:51 P

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the new tracker does that mine is different depending on how much exercise I do still not sure how I like the new tracker

Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )

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7/29/13 7:07 P

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SKIRNIR, that's what I had before I switched over to maintenance and that's really what I want now.

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7/29/13 6:45 P

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I wonder if you are on the new tracker, as mine does not do that. My range stays the same all the time, which is what I want.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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7/29/13 5:56 P

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I started maintenance yesterday and I noticed that every time I add some fitness minutes my calorie range changes. I have not changed over to that new fitness tracker. Does this happen when you switch over to maintenance or was I automatically changed over to the new fitness tracker? Thanks in advance for any light you can shine on this.

Barb
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