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HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/16/13 8:20 P

Thank you!

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,478
7/16/13 6:56 P

If you are using the new way, then it will factor in the exercises (and calories burned) that you actually track, not what your goal is set for. If you are not using the new way, then it will factor in your goal for calories burned.

Coach Denise

HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/15/13 3:13 P

Coach Denise, I have the new tracker that updates my calories as I track. Does the site still also factor in what I set for a goal?

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,478
7/15/13 2:18 P

We have now made it so your calorie ranges can be based on your exercise tracking. You may find that works better for you. To learn more about that option and how to use it, please see this blog post:

Coach Denise

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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Posts: 867
7/12/13 12:38 P

Birder, if you find that you're often exceeding your goal for calories burned, you should update the goal. That will also update your calorie range, so it will stay appropriate for you.

DANIELLE_STYLE SparkPoints: (1,360)
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7/12/13 8:52 A

I have used both SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal in the past, and this is the big difference between the two. I understand that SparkPeople theoretically includes exercise in your calorie goals, but they still seem low to me for this.

For example, on MyFitnessPal, my calorie goal is 1400 plus eating back whatever exercise I do to lose 1lb per week. On SparkPeople, my goal is 1200 - 1550 including whatever exercise I do. So, if I eat at the top of my range and I only burn 150 calories, I will be at the same level as MFP, but if I burn more than 150, I will be lower than my goals on MFP.

For visual people, here's how it looks on days when I burn 150 and 300 calories respectively, assuming I eat at the top of my range on SparkPeople (which I am prone to do):


1400 + 150 = 1550 calories that day (1400 net)
1400 + 300 = 1700 calories that day (1400 net)


1550 + 0 (150 calories burned, but not added) = 1550 (1400 net)
1550 + 0 (300 calories burned, but not added) = 1550 (1250 net)

As you can see, if I burn more than 150, I will be eating significantly less on the SparkPeople method on days that I burn a lot of calories. Some might argue that this is a good thing and make weight loss easier. I think to each his own. There are plenty of folks on MyFitnessPal who do NOT count their exercise calories because they fear overestimating them, which is a valid concern.

Personally, 1500 calories is barely enough for me to feel satisfied. When I'm eating very healthy, this is perhaps more satisfying, but still not quite enough. So, it's hard not to be tempted to eat back extra exercise.

I came back to SparkPeople, though, because I find the community to be MUCH more supportive. I'm still deciding about whether or not to eat more on days when I exercise more.

This isn't a huge problem currently because I am dealing with some back pain and I'm in physical therapy for sciatica and shoulder issues.

I also deal with emotional eating and some other out of whack food perspectives, so maybe a more restrictive/global approach would help.

Best of luck to you all.

My only takeaway advice is that if you find you are ALWAYS hungry, then perhaps you should consider allowing yourself more calories while still maintaining a deficit (think - shooting for 1/2 lb per week instead of 1 lb per week), even for a short period.

BIRDER40 Posts: 23
5/9/13 10:33 P

The problem for me is that if I do an intense hour of exercise, burning 600 calories or more, I am going to have to eat more that day, period. But there's also the issue of weight - I weigh twice as much as you Jennilacey, and the top of my calorie range is only 1700.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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5/9/13 9:04 A

I eat at my BMR including light activity which is about 1500 cals. If I ate back my exercise calories I wouldn't lose any weight. So everyone is on a different approach to weight loss. I know with how active I am I would feel deprived on any less than 1500 cals. Plus, I'm half in maintenance and half still trying to shed a couple pounds and work on my body composition so I'm going for slow weight loss at the finish line. Now, I just rely on my exercise calories to burn the fat. I also don't mind having the occasional day where I eat at maintenance (1800-2000 cals).

ANGELIKA111 SparkPoints: (72)
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5/9/13 8:02 A

This is nice post. A healthy nutrition contains a variety of foods including plenty of fruit and vegetables eggs and dairy foods.

BIRDER40 Posts: 23
5/9/13 4:48 A

This article was extremely helpful - thank you!

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,478
5/7/13 10:17 P

You're welcome! Also, if you're interested in how your nutrition calculations are done, you may want to check out this article:
. The site automatically does the calculations, but that article spells out exactly how the calculations are done, which is sometimes helpful if you are interested in the details. emoticon

Coach Denise

BIRDER40 Posts: 23
5/7/13 10:13 P

Wow, Denise, I had NO idea that my "nutrition goals already factor in your calories burned goal for the week." This is extremely helpful information! So for me, I will try to stay within my calorie range unless I exceed the calories burned goal for the week.

I really appreciate the quick advice!

DARLA71 SparkPoints: (2,150)
Fitness Minutes: (2,014)
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5/7/13 9:51 P

Denise - thanks for the info. I was wandering the same thing.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,478
5/7/13 9:31 P

Congrats on your loss so far! emoticon

Your nutrition goals already factor in your calories burned goal for the week. If you are exercising a lot in one day, then I would recommend eating towards the top end of your calorie range. If you find that you are burning more calories than what your calories burned goal is set for, then I would recommend that you update your calories burned goal to what you are burning in an average week. This page has info on how to update that goal:

Coach Denise

Edited by: SP_COACH_DENISE at: 5/7/2013 (21:32)
BIRDER40 Posts: 23
5/7/13 8:34 P

Hi everyone, I started sparkpeople about 2 weeks ago and have lost 3 pounds. I was doing Weight Watchers before, when you earned activity points and could eat them if you chose. I usually didn't, but when I did really heavy workouts, I did eat some of them.

So, on sparkpeople, do you eat more than your calorie range if you do really heavy exercise?

Thanks for any advice you can give!

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