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CHRISBEM SparkPoints: (38,988)
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6/15/12 1:51 P

I had tried Weight Watchers before, and they're somewhat similar to the SparkPeople diet. They do points rather than calorie count and do ranges as well. In one of the meetings I attended, someone asked about it. The answer we got back was kind of interesting and it has been supported by some of the articles I've read here. Basically, if we get into a routine, our bodies can get used to it. They used the example of getting onto a plateau and having to change up your routine to get off the plateau. They said that eating different amounts of calories every day can help keep your body from getting acclimatized to a certain amount of food.

MRHANKUK SparkPoints: (0)
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6/15/12 1:36 P

Sounds good.

Thanks for the input all!

MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (65,621)
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6/15/12 1:26 P

Bottom line to the bottom line ranges: Stay within the ranges, lose weight. Guaranteed.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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6/15/12 1:23 P

I usually look at my ranges at the end of the day:


and my fruit servings.

If I am not that hungry, I will eat a serving of banana with peanut butter.


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6/15/12 1:15 P

This is awesome information. I keep finding myself either being "scared" to get calories and not eating to even the bottom number or I find myself not hungry yet I still have 300-400 calories to eat! Yikes!

What should I do?

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/15/12 12:55 P

1) You're given a range so you'll have the flexibility! There's not a single number that causes weight loss. The range they give you is literally so you'll know the least and the most you can eat, and still lose weight. Your body isn't a calculator, and there isn't a single magic number.

2) You can eat anywhere in your range for weight loss. Some days, you may want to eat more, some days, less. Anywhere should provide enough of a deficit for you to lose weight. Some people like to eat at the high end on workout days, and the low end on sedentary days. It's up to you; experiment to see what works. At no time should you eat *below* the minimum number. You need at least that much to get the nutrients your body needs to function.

3) Really, no. What matters is not what you eat day to day, but your calorie deficit over the period of a week. you won't lose weight faster by eating consistently at the lower end of your range. This isn't all or nothing :) I regularly eat at the top of my range most days, and I'm still losing steadily.

For more information on the hows and whys of the calculations here, check out the Calorie 101 article:

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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6/15/12 12:54 P

We have a range because it's a lifestyle plan. It would be almost impossible to stick to an exact number for the rest of your life.

Also, when you go out to a restaurant, celebrate a birthday, or have PMS it really helps to know that you can eat at the higher end.

If you are just starting out, it might be easier to ease your way down an try sticking to the upper end.

If you hit a weight loss plateau then you can decide to mix things up and try calorie cycling between your ranges.

If you are brand new to making a lifestyle changes try for the upper ranges.

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6/15/12 12:36 P

I've tried to figure out why we have a Calorie Range on SP but I'm not finding the answers. Basic questions:

1) Why is there a range?
2) Which number should I be shooting for the low or the high or below the low?
3) Does it matter (in the long run) if I'm more consistent with staying with the low number or the high number?


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