PLEASE READ THIS. I need help! Thanks!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

OK so I just read something interesting. I need to net 1200 cals a day. So that means that if I eat 1200 but burn 600 then really my body thinks it is only getting 600 cals right? So what I need to do is consume 1200 plus whatever I burn to equal it out? Like if I eat 1200 and burn 600 I really need to be eating 1800 cals? That doesn't make any since. How would I lose that way? I thought it was "calories in - calories out" as Jillian Michaels says. Can someone help me figure this out? Maybe this is the key that I have been messing up all along? Thanks!
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  • no profile photo CD12704857
    some weeks i go 1000 to 1200 and every once in a while i'll have a week at 1400 1600. the weeks i go higher in calories i don't lose very much. i burn about 500 workout cals a day. i'm not sure if i can explain it. i did lots of research online to be able to understand it myself, lol. i know everyone is a little different depending on the calories you burn in a workout but also how active you are during the day too. i figured out all mine (before joining spark) at good luck and i hope you find what works for you! i'm sorry your struggling with this. good luck!
    2992 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    I would agree with Beverly. Don't give up! emoticon
    2992 days ago
    Go by what SP recommends for you. I swim a mile several times per week, walk 4 miles several times per week, and hike up in the mountains sometimes on the weekends (carrying a pack). I try to stay within my 1200 to 1500 calorie range recommended by SP. Your body doesn't recognize that you are burning calories - it only recognized what you eat. I will pull what you need out of fat stores and will not go into starvation mode unless you drop down to about 1000 calories or less daily. I only boost my calorie intake up to about 2000 if we have a long hike planned up in the mountains - on those days, I can easily eat 2000 calories and burn 1500 to 1800 of that. I usually show a gain the next day but then it goes away. This is my body retaining water from hiking
    2992 days ago
    Thanks Beverly... I have been staying within range and updated my fitness info a few weeks ago to reflect my new walking/exercise info... but I have hit a plateau and for the last 6 weeks (around when I started exercising) I have stayed within the same 2 pounds... any idea why all of a sudden its not working?
    2992 days ago
  • BEVERLY1983
    We weigh about the same. I eat roughly 1800 calories a day even without exercising and still lose weight. Read up on BMR if you want to educate yourself. However, just follow SP's calorie range for you and you will be fine. Make sure you updated your exercise so the amount of calories is based not only on how much you want to lose, but also on how many calories are going out regularly.
    2992 days ago
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