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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,888
9/28/12 1:52 P


I agree that you're not eating enough. Although you're losing weight at a great pace right now, that's likely to slow down or stall completely if the undereating continues. I'd recommend setting your calories burned goal to reflect the amount of exercise you're doing, and then eat in the calorie range that SparkPeople suggests.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

9/28/12 12:15 P

I have the same problem. I'm lucky if I can take in more the 900 calories in a day and I should be getting 1700. I burn about 1000 calories a day working out. Now, I'm recovering from a broken jaw and post gastric bypass of nine years. I have been doing things like adding protein powder to mashed potatoes, soup, etc (anything it can mix into). I have also done things like started substituting avocado for mayo in recipes so I'm increasing good calories and fat. Other things is the food combo like tuna mixed with avocado, veggies, etc that way I'm getting more bang out of my meal. Also, I have found adding drinking muscle milk helps without filling me up. I'm rarely hungry so I really have to make sure I'm eating enough. Good luck.

MRRAPER Posts: 4
9/28/12 11:59 A

Thanks for the response.

Yeah, that was my concern that I'm not eating enough, even though it doesn't feel like it. For the first time in a while I'm not really hungry all the time, which is a big improvement. I think it's probably due in part to the fact that I'm now getting more water in a day than I used to in a week. But, I can also see the difficulty with eating too little.

And I'm definitely not just using the recommended calorie burn. I think so far this week I've logged about 1700 kCal burned -- I'm trying to do something every day for at least half an hour.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,204)
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9/28/12 11:51 A

I would say that you would definitely need more than 1600kCals per day. I am 5 10", a guy, who weighs 186lbs, and I lose fat at 2000kCals per day even if I don't exercise.

Although it is counterintuitive, eating too little is a big problem because it forces your body to slow down and as a result losing fat becomes a problem. You seem to be losing for now, but in the future you most definitely will need to increase your caloric intake to keep losing. You also will need to burn more than just 1000kCals per week in the future.

MRRAPER Posts: 4
9/28/12 11:28 A

That's probably not a bad idea -- sorry I didn't add more information earlier!

I'm a guy, 5'11", I started at 290 with a goal weight of 230. I hadn't set up my fitness specifically for anything (until yesterday I was just using the app on my iPhone), but it set up something like 960 calories burned per week and I'm already way over that. I set my goal to lose a pound and a half a week. I'm already down 5 which is really nice, but I want it to be sustainable loss.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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9/28/12 11:14 A

It might be helpful if you give your current weight, height, gender and your goal weight. Also, how many calories your have your fitness setup set to burn per week.

MRRAPER Posts: 4
9/28/12 10:02 A

My tracker actually suggests that I eat between 2200 and 2500 calories daily, which I find a little hard to believe. I've tried to stick with good portion sizes for lunch and dinner and I wind up coming in between 1400 and 1600 calories for the day, even considering that yesterday I indulged and had some gummi bears as a snack. My protein intake seems to be within the suggested ranges, so I'm curious if I need to actually eat more. I don't really feel hungry, which is the weird thing about it. I would have expected that cutting my calorie intake in half or less would have been more difficult.

Any advice?

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