I try to stay in the mid range but I'm sometimes at the top of the range.
9/18/13 8:34 A
Yup. I never have any to spare. I have to be careful not to go over.
9/17/13 2:54 P
Most days, I am at the lower end of my range. One day, I went way over, half again way over (we had a celebration). The past few days, I'm barely hungry enough to get half of my calories... It makes me happy on one hand, and worried on the other. I mean, I know that I need the calories, but I'm not hungry... and I know that I need to make sure I eat, I'm just not sure how much I need.
9/17/13 1:53 P
maybe only once per week
9/17/13 10:26 A
it depends on how much i'm working out that day- if i'm doing a lot i tend to eat a little more; if it's a rest day i stick to the bottom of my range- i try to maintain a 1k calorie deficit daily, so that helps me stay on track!
I decide on a meal and input it to the tracker. If it is in range for everything I track, I am done with the day. Usually this in in the middle of my range, and I have 100-200 calories left over.
I think one of the big problems when people decide they have 150 extra calories is that they decide to use them for Dove chocolates, not a cup of peas. While you may eat 1500 calories of healthy foods, the extra isn't planned, so you are thinking of it as ANY 150 calories. So we eat foods that are just nutritionally barren, or harmful, even if we had a sweet snack already planned, and ate it. I think if you just added the 150 calories, by expanding your meals by 50 calories each, with an extra serving of fruit, or veggies, it would affect you differently.
Or you could just stop trying to get to the top of your range. Some days you will be near the top, and others near the bottom.
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9/14/13 10:49 P
I usually eat at the middle of my range. Occasionally I eat at the top or even go over. Usually the bottom of my range is not enough food to keep me satisfied all day.
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4,787 9/14/13 10:42 P
I aim for the lower end of my range, knowing that I will be near the top of my range ocassionally. If i eat at the top of my range more than ocassionally, I gain weight.
YES! I usually do. If I go under it is usually only 40 or 50 and I sort of "save" those for a days that I go over 40 or 50.
I love my food choices and look forward to enjoying it so I def use all of my calories.
9/9/13 10:37 A
I eat at the lower end 1200-1500 and don't eat my extra exercise calories.
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9/9/13 9:03 A
i stay within my caloric range depends on the day and how intense of a workout i have done but usually I end up closer to the higher end of my caloric range
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9/9/13 8:06 A
@STASIS- Just so you know, being petite has nothing to do with where you can eat in your range. Spark takes into account your height/weight when calculating your range. I'm petite, 5'2 and 120 lbs and that doesn't determine where I eat in my range. Your activity level does.
9/9/13 7:56 A
I try to stay at the low range.
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21 9/9/13 7:49 A
I aim to eat at the lower end of my calorie range, due to being petit.
9/9/13 5:03 A
No. I usually aim for my lower range on most days
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93 9/8/13 10:20 P
Often, yes. I'm hungry! I also don't have Spark set to raise my calories on days I work out, so I don't worry too much about eating the whole 1,500.
9/8/13 3:10 P
hardly but I've been trying calorie cycling for the last 2 weeks so I aim to hit the top at least once per week
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9/8/13 2:02 P
Depends. I eat all over my calorie range and sometimes above, intentionally.
I'm also on the new tracker where my calorie range is in sync with my exercise tracker but I don't really follow it. I've been trying to shed a little over 5 lbs so I've been aiming for around 1500-1700 cals for my weekly average. I've been losing about 1 lb to 1.5 lb/week. I tend to look at things in weekly or even monthly averages, not daily. When I use the old tracker it gives me that 1200-1550 cal range and I lose too quickly.
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89 9/8/13 1:30 P
I always aim for the low number. In my case, 1200 calories. THAT is what I aim to eat. If I make wise choices, 1200 is perfectly ok. I am not hungry, I don't feel deprived. If I am just having a bad day,or uh, week...I still aim for 1200 but don't kick myself for maybe having that chocolate ice cream that bumped me up to 1400. I'm still within my range, I did nothing wrong. I know my body though, and if I ate 1400 calories everyday, I would not lose any weight. So, I would have to go for a extra walk or something. But, that's just me!!
For you, aim for your low number as if it's your only number. Play with all the different foods you could eat that add up to 1200. If you're hungry you may need to adjust things a bit...add more veggies. Just give it a chance...if you're starving after one day and just give up, you may be missing an opportunity to see some awesome results. Fight it and change up the menu.
Do you use the sparkpeople menu builder? They are very good with their suggestions. Good filling foods that keep you from being hungry.
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360 9/8/13 1:29 P
Sometimes I eat at the low end, sometimes the high end. Once in a blue moon I go over or under--I may go over on a rare night out with friends, and I have been under when I was sick and just had no appetite. If I go over (like I did last night when I went out with my husband and friends to dinner and a comedy club) I will eat at the lower end of my calories for a couple of days. If I am a bit under (like when I was sick two weeks ago), I will make sure I eat at the higher range. Most of the time, though, I simply eat until I am no longer hungry. Some days that puts me at around 1200 calories, sometimes around 1550. In the end, it usually all balances out over a week, which is what I'm more concerned with.
I think it's a very individual thing (which is why there is a range!).
I am most often between 1450 and 1600 calories (with a range of 1200-1550), with an occasional day below that (when I'm just not that hungry). My loss stalls completely if I have too many days below 1400, and I'm not the easiest person to be around then, either (I'm more tired, cranky, and HUNGRY!).
I also like that at this level I am learning to eat at what will be my maintenance range (1500-1850) when I get to a normal BMI. What I'm doing now will be what I'm doing for the rest of my life.
Yet, I know that there are folks who are quite happy and function and lose quite well at 1200-1300.
I think you need to play around with it to find out where you feel the best and yet are still losing.
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13,637 9/8/13 11:47 A
I aim for the low end and feel like I'm going over if I get near the high limit. So when I'm planning out my last meal, I decide based on what will get me over the limit but within 100 calories of the lower limit. If I go towards the top limit occasionally, it's okay, but somehow my mind regards them as splurge days.
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423 9/8/13 9:51 A
I realized that one of my problem habits has been looking at my calorie intake, noticing it was in the middle of my range, and thinking -- hey! I have calories left over! I can eat ________ food that I don't necessarily need but would enjoy (a couple of Dove chocolates, for example).
I THINK that has been a problem for me, because as a result I have ALWAYS eaten at the very top of my range. For the last two weeks I've been stopping myself from doing that, and finishing the day at mid-range -- and I SEEM (fingers crossed) to be dropping a bit.