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VANNAH2014 Posts: 474
4/24/14 8:22 A

I would start around 1400 and go up

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,367)
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4/21/14 8:53 P

The calories START at 1200 ....... which is for a sedentary woman of average weight. The range, if I remember correctly, is generally 1200 -1500 (or 1550) calories. When we weigh more or exercise, we need to eat a little more, strange as it may seem.

Ensuring that you have a realistic weight-loss goal. This includes the amount of weight you want to lose, and the time-frame you want to lose it in. Don't aim for any more than 2lb per week, and even that could be a much.

As an example, When I started to lose weight I was a wee bit heavier than you. I ate 1400 calories (my dietitian put me on this - no range) I have been at my goal weight for 3 years. It took 16 months to lose the first 50lb, but the slow losses are preferable. They are more likely to stay off and cause less 'flabbiness.'

My questions are:
Are you eating enough fat, lean protein and carbs? (mainly from non-processed sources) and,
Are you feeling hungry still? If you are still hungry, then eat more!


EELPIE Posts: 2,700
4/21/14 1:31 P

That's the low end of your range.

You are given a range because, in reality - there are some days where you are going to be more hungry! And that is ok - that's life :)

If you stay in your range, you will lose weight.

If you eat at the higher end of your range (consistently) you will lose a bit more slow.

If you eat at the lower end of your range (consistently) you will lose a bit more fast.

If you eat at the middle of your range (consistently) you will lose a bit the middle.

And that may be just right for you, Goldilocks ;)

Remember, it's the tortoise who wins the race, never the hare!

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
4/21/14 1:22 P

It should be a range, not just one number like 1200. You don't have to eat just 1200 calories; the range is there because every body is different, and while some people may be able to do 1200 calories, others will be more comfortable eating more (and they will still lose weight). Should be something like 1200 - 1550. Especially if you exercise, 1200 is a really low number.

RACE4AUTISM SparkPoints: (1,128)
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4/21/14 8:59 A

Thanks emoticon . Just did what you suggested. I have updated my goals and it says I should stick to 1200.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
4/21/14 6:59 A

I'd agree-- make sure you've got your goal weight/ goal date set in Spark, and also that your exercise is entered correctly. Spark will give you a calorie range-- use the Nutrition Tracker to track everything (every..single..thing) you put in your mouth. Weigh or measure your food so you know how big a "serving" you're eating. Weight loss is about 80% what/ how much we eat-- you can not out-exercise a bad diet. In other words... you can walk all you want to, but if you don't watch how much you eat, you won't lose weight.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,390)
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4/20/14 5:51 P

Make sure Spark is updated with the accurate amount of exercise you're doing and eat in that range.

RACE4AUTISM SparkPoints: (1,128)
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4/20/14 4:37 P

Hello everyone. I have reach the limit of my overweight. I started at 202. Today I am 205. What Am I doing wrong??. I walk between 10,000 to 12000 steps a day.
Should I stick to the 1200 calories? emoticon
PLEASE HELP! I feel horrible and ugly...

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