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LINDAM.1 SparkPoints: (54,425)
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11/17/11 11:51 P

I want to stay between 98 -104. trying to eat that many cal took me to 108.6 yikes. Before surgery I was trying to get up to 98 so I could fight the bugs you find in the hospital, and have the reserve to heal. Both sides of my family were fat. That dosenot mean I have to.

Edited by: LINDAM.1 at: 11/17/2011 (23:53)
BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
11/17/11 6:56 P

Thanks, Becky. I'll start playing around with the numbers and see if I can get over this plateau. I realize that as I get closer to my goal weight that it will be harder to lose, but I think it's doable. (I'm small-framed, so as long as my weight is at least 116-118, I'm in the healthy range.)

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11/17/11 4:52 P

It really depends on the person. When I was eating the calories calculated i lost some but just stopped and was stuck for a long time but I just had to play around to see how many calories worked for me!

11/17/11 4:47 P

Just as I reported earlier in this thread that the SP formula can over-estimate the calorie range for someone who has a larger amount of weight to can this simplified formula. For example:
250 pound female would be given a calorie amount of 3000 calories. That is totally wrong!

As a Registered Dietitian, when I have a female client who is 200 or more pounds, I use an "adjusted weight" when determining calorie needs. Because formulas will over-estimate the calorie ranges when actual weight is used. It is the same thing that I do here, when I receive a question on the message board about a high calorie range.

Please see my earlier post for suggestions.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 11/17/2011 (17:38)
LINDAM.1 SparkPoints: (54,425)
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11/17/11 4:38 P

If I ate the cal. they say, I would blow up like a balloon. I exersize at least twice a week. I am shorter than 5 feet.

BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
11/17/11 3:45 P

Sedentary Women: What you want to weigh X 12

Moderately Active Women: What you want to weigh X 15

Very Active Women (prof. athletes): What you want to weigh X 18


Whoa ... that's considerably higher than the top number Spark set for me. I used the moderately active formula (although in actuality, I'm probably halfway between "moderate" and "athletic" because I'm starting to train for a marathon and I work out 6 days a week pretty intensely). It gave me 1875 calories a day. Sparkpeople set my range at 1200-1550. I've been stuck at the same weight for several months now. Could I not be eating enough?

11/17/11 12:42 P

Twilight, if you focus on eating higher fat foods that are good for you such as peanut butter, full fat dairy, avacado, and healthy oils like olive and coconut oil, you'll reach your calories faster than you think. I never try to skrimp on fats. They are necessary for a healthy brain and body, I just try to make sure they are the right fats.

GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (304,636)
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11/17/11 12:36 P

I'd not seen that formula before, but it makes sense. thanks for sharing

TWILIGHT1975 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/17/11 12:28 P

I'm having the same problem. I can't eat 2200 calories per day, but will this hinder my weight loss if I don't come close?

MRS1221 Posts: 213
11/16/11 10:13 P

See for me, SP always under estimates!

TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
11/16/11 9:46 P

Here is a way to figure out the number of calories you need. There are plenty online these days, this is from a Prevention book.

Sedentary Women: What you want to weigh X 12

Moderately Active Women: What you want to weigh X 15

Very Active Women (prof. athletes): What you want to weigh X 18

I eat between 1750 and 2100 calories a day and have been doing so since starting with SP. It is what I should eat when I reach my ideal body weight and therefor, isn't a "diet". I've been consistently losing weight with SP, about 4+ pounds per month. A nice, healthy, slow weight loss.

Just wanted to give you my perspective. I realize most people want results faster than a pound a week.

LBRICE01 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/16/11 9:19 P

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions, it seems as though my target date for losing the wait was almost a year away. But if have changed it ( wasn't easy to find), I now have between 1600-1900 calories.. Wooh, that was a train wreck wating to happen,...

LITTLESAPPHIRE SparkPoints: (27,418)
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11/16/11 7:52 P

Wow, that does sound like too many! On your Start page, under your weight progress bar, click on the Change button to make sure your goal date isn't too far in the future, and that your height and current weight are right. Then check out your fitness goals. Make sure you didn't accidentally set yourself up for 2,000 fitness minutes a week, lol.

Edited by: LITTLESAPPHIRE at: 11/16/2011 (19:52)
11/16/11 7:50 P

Our SP formulas often do over-estimate the calorie range for weight loss in folks who have a larger amount to lose. My ideas below are with the assumption that your info is entered correctly and you have entered the goal of losing about 1-2 pounds weekly.

Here are some ideas:
1. Do you know how many calories you were eating daily and maintaining your weight prior to SP?? You can take this amount and subtract 500-1000 calories to bring about a 1-2 pound weight loss. Remember do not go below 1200 calories daily.

2. You could also start with about 1400-1700 calorie daily and track your weekly weight loss. If you are losing about 1-3 pounds weekly...then continue on with this range. You can also adjust calories slightly based on your results. I can help with the protein, fat and carb ranges, just let me know once you discover the calorie range that is working for you. This range is based on my assumption that you are female with a height of about 5'3" - 5'8". do you care to share more about yourself??

What do you think of these ideas??

Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 11/16/2011 (19:51)
ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,558)
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11/16/11 7:46 P

check to see if your goal date is set too far in the future.

LBRICE01 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/16/11 6:37 P

I weigh 233 lbs and spark has given me between 2300-2700 calories, I have not been eating them all it just seems like a lot.. Help

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