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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/16/13 11:32 P

You don't focus "more" on one or the other of calories in and out, you focus on the balance between calories in and calories out. Both are important values.

4/16/13 9:05 P

Thanks Kris, this may explain why I lose weight slowly. I overdo the exercise and cut too many calories....I will concentrate more on the calories in rather than out?

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (256,762)
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4/16/13 8:38 P

Strange as it may seem, sometimes bumping up the calories can actually HELP weight-loss! If you are pretty active, you need to eat more to accommodate it.


4/16/13 8:35 P

I am having similar issues...I am pretty active and so my calorie range has been bumped up if I don't eat enough food to get in the recommended range, is that going to hinder my weight loss?

MS_LEESA_G Posts: 29
4/16/13 4:51 P

Thank you Jen, very helpful, the link pretty much answers my question :)

MS_LEESA_G Posts: 29
4/16/13 4:49 P

Hi Slimmerkiwi - Thank you for pointing out that my page was set on "private". I *think* I've now successfully changed it to "public" - still very new to this site :)

When I joined I estimated my total cals burnt for the week 2 a lower number than I actually burn, that's because I find I always tend to eat more than I'm "allowed" so I figured it's kind of a "safety" buffer :)

MS_LEESA_G Posts: 29
4/16/13 4:42 P

Hi Unident - you nailed it - that's exactly what I'm afraid of :)

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/16/13 3:20 P

Why are you hesitant to make the fitness goal realistic when it would bump your food up into the range that you're actually eating anyway? Isn't that a good thing? You'd stop being 'over'. :)

Or are you scared that you'll always "eat over" and if the range is higher, you'll just eat even higher again and still be "over"?

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,994
4/16/13 9:00 A

Hi Leesa

One thing I'll mention is that unless your errands get your heart rate up into the cardio zone, I probably wouldn't count those as exercise. If you've been active like this for a long time, it's a normal part of your day to your body, and additional exercise is going to shake things up. This Ask the Expert explains whether or not you need to adjust your calorie range for your active lifestyle:

So as long as your calories burned goal reflects the amount of exercise you're doing, you should be fine to eat in the calorie range SP has set for you. If you burned 500 calories more than you consumed per day, that would equal about a 1 pound weight loss each week (since 3500 calories equals one pound.) Keep in mind that our bodies are complicated and don't always cooperate with how the math works out, but if you stay on track with a 400 calorie differential per day, the math works out to around a 3/4 pound loss each week.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (256,762)
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4/16/13 3:27 A

When you joined SP, did you put in ALL the exercise you do? If not, it would pay to make sure that it is in.

I went to have a peek at your Nutrition Page, but your SparkPage is set to Private. You might find that you get more help if you open it. That aside, What calorie range did SP give you? If you are going over, it may be that you are eating enough, but I would ensure that I don't eat the minimal amount because that is generally for a sedentary person.

I am sure that someone with more knowledge on this will give you better feed-back.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 4/16/2013 (07:49)
MS_LEESA_G Posts: 29
4/16/13 2:34 A

I know Spark People says use the Daily Calorie Differential report "with caution" - but I get *a lot* of exercise...

I walk or ride my bike for almost all my errands (grocery, pet supply, post office, to the gym, office supply, etc etc etc) in addition to doing the Curves circuit 5 - 6 days per week, a variety of Spark People exercise videos, and swimming 4 - 6 days per week when the weather is warm enough.

I'm hesitant to "up" my predicted amount of calories burned every week (which would then "up" the amount of calories I'm supposed to eat) because I tend to go over by 200 or 300 calories per day as it is.

Still, when I look at the "Daily Calorie Differential Report" my calorie differential probably averages around 400 calories per day. (In other words I burn up 400 more calories than I eat)

I've only been tracking my nutrition for about three weeks now (I promised myself a "scale vacation" for the first month) - but I think as long as I burn more calories than I take in, and do this consistently, I should see fat loss, yes?

Thank you in advance to anyone who responds! :)

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