Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So I'm re-reading this book my brother gave me on weight loss "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto (which I recommend to any and every one! It really has good tips and advice not only on burning fat but also on building muscle) and I'm sort of at a crossroads in terms of my calorie intake. My SparkPeople plan is 1,200 - 1,550 calories. (BTW, I wonder is SparkPeople's plan based on the assumption that I am doing little to no exercise?)

According to BTFFTM though if I take into consideration my calorie maintenance level and the amount of activity I do (Cardio 5 times a week although I recently added a 6th days. 2 of those 6 days I also do strength training. In addition, I have Ballet twice a week) I should be eating anywhere from 1,644 - 1,878 calories. Obviously, there is a huge difference between SparkPeople's recommendations and the book's recommendations so I'm kind of at a loss as to which path to go down. I'm also really scared of gaining fat (if I were to increase my calorie intake, which I know can be effective in breaking a plateau but I'm not necessarily sure I'm at the stage where I need to "break" up my body's routine) rather than burning fat off but I also want to make sure that my body is getting the amount of energy/nutrients, etc. necessary for sustainability (and fat loss). I'd hate to think that my body is in starvation mode simply because I am not eating enough!

Advice? Suggestions? Help?! emoticon
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    Wow, this is such a good question! I was thinking the same thing about myself.. I am also eating 1200 calories a day and working out 6 to 7 times a week. I wish there was a way to tell a calculator exactly how much you workout and how much you wanna lose a week and then it could tell you the exact amount of calories to eat.... I'm so worried I may be stalling my weight loss by only eating 1200 but I don't want to overeat!
    2778 days ago
    The calories from the two sources are based on two different philosophies as far as how the body handles calories. Sparkpeople comes from a place of believing a calorie is a calorie. Calories in, calories out. The book by the trainer probably believes different foods effect your body differently, and that if you're eating calories from what he deems to be "healthy" foods, then you should be eating a larger number. That being said, how about compromising and eating 1,500 - 1,700? Do you track how many calories you're burning when you exercise? There's a calorie differential report function on here that will automatically calculate the difference each day between what you ate and what your burned, so you can be sure you're burning the right amount of calories each day and/or week to reach your weight loss goals. A 500 calorie difference each day will get you to that magical weekly number of 3500.
    2778 days ago
    OK, I'm sorry to be vague on this, but I'm at work and don't have time to research it. There is a way to re-set your calorie range. If you go into the FAQ's it will talk about re-setting your profile (or something like that), while you are there you can change your activity level which will change your calorie range.

    Let me know if you can't find it and I'll look when I get home. emoticon
    2779 days ago
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