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2/2/13 10:50 P

I don't think i know what an arch is, but elliptical machines are really easy to 'cheat' with. you can throw your weight around to move the pedals. The same happens with bicycles when you stand up as any spinning instructor will point out to the chagrin of the people in their class. According to Mayo Clinic, a person at 160lbs burns 600 calories/hr at 5 miles/hr and 850 calories at 8 miles/hr. If running for an hour at 8mph seems like a daunting task, then the machines are definitely off.
That said, to your greater concern, metabolism, weight gain and calorie expenditure can't actually be rendered to mathematical formula. If you have a higher body temperature or whatever, your body uses and stores energy differently from someone who is cooler. If you're trying to lose weight, 650 MORE calories than you usually burn in a week sounds like a reasonable goal... that's an extra hour of jogging on top of the stairs, shopping, cleaning, etc. But don't be fooled... if modern medicine REALLY understood how the human body functioned to the degree that this kind of math suggests - there would be no obesity, no diabetes, no epilepsy and no mental illness. Each person is different and numbers are always just that... numbers. Let them inspire us to be healthier but not how to live our lives.
(They'll pull the butter dish out of my cold, dead hands).

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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2/2/13 10:07 P

I am a pescetarian so my meats only consist of seafood(so I still get some protein).

(424-550 calories)

-3 scrambled eggs OR oatmeal
-1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
-1 piece of whole wheat toast

(537 calories)

-Tuna sandwhich(1 can, 2 pieces of whole wheat bread)
-Small salad
-1 bunch of fresh broccoli

(355 calories)
-Fish(usually Basa)
-1 cup of assorted raw veggies
-Small salad

(125 calories)
-1 apple

My total calorie intake: 1,440

I drink about 102 ounces of water each day

When I signed up for sparkpeople, it told me I needed 1200-1550 a day based on all my information.

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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2/2/13 10:02 P

I mainly use the elliptical, and the arch. Combined, the machines say I burn about 800 calories. So, I usually take it down to about 600 because I know they're off.

2/2/13 9:03 P

What are you doing to burn 600 calories at the gym in one day? I don't trust calorie counters on machines (nor on Sparkpeople actually, but i think they are more accurate).

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/2/13 7:53 P

It's a common myth that we lose weight by exercising. :) We get bombarded with this message on television, in magazines, even on our computers. But it's just not so!

Exercise is a critical part of healthy living, and getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week will keep your heart in good shape, and help you feel and look better.

But, weight loss happens in the kitchen! To lose weight, you adjust your diet to how much you exercise. If you burn 3000 calories in the gym, you will eat more to accommodate that. If you burn 650, you eat less. The good thing is, the more you workout, the more you get to eat! The basic math is the same, though. You usually aim for a 500-1000 deficit in your diet each day, through acombination of diet and exercise. It doesn't really matter if you burn thousands of calories each week... what matters is that deficit each day. Too much, and you slow your metabolism. Too little, and nothing happens. Surplus, and you gain.

So aim for balance. Do the exercise you can and want to do, and adjust your fitness goals accordingly. Then, SP will adjust your calorie range to meet your needs! Simple!

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2/2/13 7:17 P


SparkPeople allows for a slow integration of activity, so as the previous poster mentioned if you plan to expend more calories per week for 'formal exercise activity' than you will want to change your calories burn goal to reflect the number of calories you are expending. As to whether or not this changes your calorie range depends on the other factors--current weight, goal weight, time frame to meet your goal weight and how much an increase there is in your calories burn figure.

Weight loss happens from tracking your nutrition, but as the other previous poster mentioned, what looks good on paper does not always transcribe to the real world which is why we need to be very careful not to allow the scale to dictate our success or lack thereof.

Coach Nancy

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2/2/13 7:13 P

Mine says to burn 510 per week to lose 10-15 lbs by July 1. It seems low and since I just started I don't really know how much I burn per week. 1200-1550 calories per day.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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2/2/13 5:38 P

That does sound low but your body burns a lot without exercise by your regular metabolism which you can track by looking at the report that gives a differential of calories burned versus calories consumed. They include the calories you metabolize based on statistics which could be high or low.

There are many variables with your metabolism. If you loose a lot of sleep, have high stress, low estrogen, illness, low muscle tone and just being female. These all decrease our metabolism, There are many hormones that regulate metabolism. Two that are popular at this time are leptide and gherlin. If you go without eating the leptin hormone will increase and this will cause your growth hormones to active and you gain weight.

I have learned these from SP and like to share this information. I am sorry if I sound like asmarty pants but this helps me to retain what I have learned and help others like myself!

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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2/2/13 5:13 P

I put 2 pounds per week. My weight(160) and height(5'1) and it gave me a calorie estimate of 1200-1550 a day. And to burn 650 a week.
It says by June 4th, I will reach my weight goal of 125.
I just think that only burning 650 a week is almost too good to be true to lose 35 pounds by June!

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2/2/13 5:05 P

It set that based on the goals you enter. If you burn more, that's fine, just make sure you update your fitness set up page with the number you actually burn weekly. It could change your nutritional ranges.

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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2/2/13 4:45 P

I just joined today. I put in my goals and everything. It then told me that in order to lose the weight I want I need to only burn 650 calories a week. That seems really low. I usually burn that much at the gym a day,
Have you guys followed the amount of calories they told you to do? Has it worked?
How many do you burn a week?

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