Sunday, June 27, 2010

So, I just reached my short-term goal of 200lbs, which is great. But sometime between reaching that goal and putting in my new goal (180 by Sept 19) SparkPeople dropped my calorie allotment by about 400cal/day!

So yesterday, I went over their suggested calories, because I didn't realize my allotment had dropped till the end of the day when I was tracking!

But does anyone know why it dropped so drastically and so suddenly?

Edit: It's interesting, because up until now I had manually changed the calorie allotment to be LOWER than SP suggested. Now I'm tempted to change it to be higher than they suggest. I had my RMR tested back in May and it was 1815. Granted, that was 17 lbs ago, but I can't imagine my RMR has dropped over 300cal in 2 months, but now SP wants me to eat around 1500cal/day, even if I'm working out 5 days a week.
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    Nope, I checked that. I didn't get bumped to a new "step". I don't know what caused it, but I was happy with my loss and my energy with the old calorie count, so I'm going back to it until I find I'm not happy with it.

    My stress levels will be really high over the next 8 weeks, too. So I may really need the extra calories. Sometimes when I'm really stressed, I forget to eat. And that's BAD.
    2888 days ago
    They may have defaulted you onto "the next step" once you hit your goal/changed weight in the system. That happened to me once. It also used to change if I tried to edit my values via the iPhone app; it wouldn't be able to read my custom numbers so it would go back to the step default.
    2888 days ago
    GREAT JOB for reaching your goal! I'm almost there myself, so you're an inspiration! I also commend you for doing it so smartly. Eat the calories you need to eat. SP is a guideline, but it's a general guideline. It's not specifically tailored to you. If you feel like you need to, meet with a nutritionist for one hour and get some suggestions. It won't be too expensive, and you will get some personal help. Good luck and keep it up! You're awesome!
    2888 days ago
    The last time I made it calculate what it wanted me to eat was about 7lbs ago and if I was working out 60min 5days/week, I was supposed to eat between 1700-2000 cal. I manually adjusted that to 1450-1750, and I have been coming in at the top 100 of that range for the past week or so. Yesterday, due to eating out 2 meals, I came it around 1800, but I was not concerned about it until I started tracking and I realized that now SP wants me to eat between 1300-1600. That’s not such a drastic drop from what I HAVE been eating, but from what I was SUPPOSED to have been eating it’s huge.
    2888 days ago
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