Calorie range shift
Monday, September 10, 2012
Well, I'm going to have to work even HARDER to eat enough good nutrious food, particularly keeping tabs on the carbs and fat.
My Spark tracker shifted my calorie range UP.
See, I changed my fitness routine from Phase 1 LIVEFIT to Phase 2 LIVEFIT which now includes Strength training 6 days a week PLUS cardio 4 times a week (where I was doing just 5 days of ST for the last 2 weeks).
If you didn't know-- if you put in the appropriate Fitness "goals" on your Fitness Setup page-- Spark will calculate a range, not just based on how much weight you want to lose but also how much workout you plan to do. I believe the resulting range is set up to be the appropriate range to lose 1-2 pounds per week maximum ("slow and steady wins the race"), though mine must be smaller as I entered 123# as my goal(only 4 pounds to go)- only to correspond with a 22% Body Fat which is my goal.
So I entered 6 days of Strength training- average 55 minutes per session.
I entered 4 days of cardio, 30 minutes in duration.
And I estimated 1500 calories per week, as I almost did that much last week. I think this is key for a correct range, even though Spark makes it look like an optional setting, "If you know how many calories you burn each week, enter it here". Until I filled in that number, nothing changed on my fitness tracker (it still had an old goal of 640 calories per week) and because of that nothing had changed on my Nutrition tracker. Once I set 1500, my fitness goals reflected it and then I realized my calorie range had changed.
My Spark tracker range is now 1370-1720 calories (about 120 calories more on the low end and 220 more on the high end). And worse yet (for me), now up to 154-280g of carb.
I was barely managing 1250 calories and 135g of carb.
I've got some work to do to work out new meals that give me more fuel to sustain the workouts.
I remember last time I did LiveFIT this was when I started to be REALLY hungry.
More fuel, more fuel, more fuel. So I need to plan ahead and figure out some new ways to get carbs. I'm sort of tired of pasta and rice, but unless I eat something grain, pasta, or rice related (on top of all my veggies) at least twice a day, I'm not making the carb range.
Suggestions welcome for increasing CLEAN carbs...