Advice on how to work this program anyone??

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Good morning,
As you all know i am pretty new to this site and have a few questions about it..When I signed up for this account I put in all my information and when i went to my trackers, i told me how many calories i should be eating,and how much weight i need to loose within a year.Well, what I want to ask is if anyone changed their calorie intake or modified their fitness trackers or the weight tracker??I modified only my fitness tracker because it didnt have me doing any cardio, just the strength training.What I want to know is, if its up to me to modify my calorie intake in order to help me loose weight or was that done for me already??not sure really..any input would really be appreciated.thanks
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    Hi MzNicoleG,
    May I address you "Nicole"?
    I too am new to SparkPeople, but here is what I have learned:
    The calories initially provided by Spark are an estimate based on your age, weight, gender, etc. They are provided as a first guess for you. What I did was enter everything I ate into my "nutrition tracker" for about 2 weeks. This allowed me to see how many calories I was consuming and general nutrition I was getting. From this I saw that my estimated calorie count from Spark was too high, and that I would have to cut it in order to lose weight. That allowed me to customize the number of calories I would allow myself in order to lose weight.
    The exercise is designed to help you find something you like to do regularly in order to exercise. You can customize that too under "fitness tracker". Again, the advice is the ideal -- it may or may not work for you, so the site lets you customize it to fit you, whether it is "ideal" or just what works for you.
    The "amount of weight you need to lose in a year" again is spark's first guess. It may not be for you. I have met a spark person who has been working on a weight loss program with spark since 2007 and still has not met her goal, but does not consider 4 years unsuccessful -- just the right pace for her. Healthy is for a lifetime. You can customize your goals under your "start" button.
    I found it useful just to get familiar with the website and record everything that went into my tummy for a week or two -- even though I wanted to attack my demons right away. I did some learning and cutting back right away, but didn't count successes or failures right away. Just some thoughts. Best to you,
    2790 days ago
    Hi MzNicoleG,
    Yes, I was originally advised to eat 1800 cals per day, but that maintains my weight, doesn't help me lose. I cut it to 1200 cals and have lost about 3 lbs per week, a rate I am happy with.
    2790 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/30/2011 1:45:21 PM
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