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1/9/13 12:47 A

great that is helpful to you.. let me know how you do, Sharon

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1/7/13 9:27 P

Your mention of checking out the Tops mtgs was helpful. I too would appreciate the weigh-ins and have considered Weight Watchers, which I've tried before but was not practical for me due to the many food allergies. So I know how to eat right and what to avoid so I both lose the weight and avoid the illness of adverse symptoms of what I'm allergic to. So if I don't do this, I have no one else to blame but me. Because of the compressed discs in my lower back and the limitations in my leg endurance from the multiple sclerosis, I have to pick and choose what exercises I can handle and when physically up to it. BUT...I've determined that I can and will do this!

1/7/13 8:57 P

If you want the accountabilty of a weekly weigh in at a meeting, try a non-profit organization (I go to it) It is called TOPS, taking off pounds sensibly. Such a great organization and so much less expensive than Weight Watchers. You can still use sparkspeople and then go to the weekly meetings. Many of the people attending TOPS follow different programs. Some count calories, some use the points program from weight watchers. If you go to you can find a meeting in your area. Good luck,

1/7/13 8:37 P

I have done weightwatchers in the past and was very successful with it. For me the difference was attending the meetings, I never used the online portion. I felt like the weigh in at the location helped keep me accountable, It was also nice because we would all talk and share are goals, triumphs, and downfalls. I also liked the ideas of points....less math is always better for me, I used to track with a book i got. I love the online community here at sparkpeople and I feel like the motivation here is wonderful! I always tracked my exercise here too, and read all the articles and use the message boards!

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1/7/13 8:25 P

My opinion is that they re essentially the same, sp is just free.
SparkPeoploe assmes weekly calories burned each week based on your set up info. If you start burning a lot more regularly, you'll get a popup saying you might want to increase your calorie range.

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1/7/13 3:22 P

Thank you. You have all been very helpful!

1/7/13 3:21 P

I have also done weight watchers in the past. At the end of the day, it is up to me to make this happen. I have been making it happen on sparkpeople without any fees.

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1/7/13 1:27 P

I joined ww again in January and I'm very disappointed. Their website didn't change much, plus I really can't stand their spokesperson. It annoys me to no end how these celebreties post pictures of their breast. After my three months are up, I'm going to use SparkPeople to track. Plus it cost too much for what you get.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/7/13 1:26 P

The second question is the answer to the first question... :)

If you set your "calories to burn weekly" a little higher, then your calorie range will go up to accommodate that extra movement and maintain the same deficit.

You can do that on the homepage - click the 'change' link next to your fitness goal to "Burn xxx calories per week" and set any number of calories you think is realistic for you.

As the PP said though, make sure it's realistic, not a high target you attempt to meet. Your food calories are calculated from your goal, not from exercise tracked, so you need that to be realistic.

If you increase calories burned and the nutritional range doesn't change (and especially if it's 1200-1550), that is a sign that your expected rate of loss is probably too fast for someone of your current size and you should realistically set your goal to lose your weight a bit more slowly.

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1/7/13 12:32 P

You don't get to eat back your calories burned through exercise because SP calculates your calories burned into the ranges it generates for you. If you go to your fitness page, and change goals, you can set your weekly calorie burn there. But, don't change it to be a "goal" only change it to reflect how many calories you actually burn as that number can affect the nutritional ranges SP gives you. If you set your goal high, but fail to meet it, your nutritional range may be off, and that could affect your loss.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/7/2013 (13:47)
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1/7/13 12:27 P

I did weight watchers online a few years back and was very successful. I kept to my exercise but I haven't been eating as well and am glad to get back on track. I like sparkpeople but one thing I haven't figured out, on WW, if you worked out more, you could eat more. I can't find where there is that option here. Also, I would like to increase my calories burned goal per week but I can't see where I can do that either.

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