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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I am a little curious about calories lately. Especailly since the amount of calories I am taking in should have me dropping weight like crazy. So I did some research. In order for me to maintain my current body weight I need to take in almost 2800 calories a day. My BMR is 1793. So simply by me cutting out soda and starting to exercise I should, in theory be dropping weight fast.
According to my research in order for me to lose 2 pounds a week I need to take in 1780 calories per day. Sparkpeople, as much as I love them have me taking in 1200-1500 per day. According to theit theory I should be losing weight. I found that when I was takin in more calories I was losing more weight. I am going to try something and adjust my calorie intake so that I am consuming more.
Lets see what this little experiment leads to. If I can consume more. I eat when I am hungry, until I am satisfied and most days I can barely make 1300.
I am shooting for the stars here. Wish me luck.
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    You've got to do what works for you - we're each and experiment of one here. :) I'm excited for you and look forward to your success!

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    1926 days ago
    Good luck!! sometimes you have to fiddle with the calories to see what your body agrees with!
    1927 days ago
    There are a lot of factors. The recommendations I have seen and that work for me is to start with the BMR and then add the weekly exercise calories averaged over 7 days. If you stick around this number, you should have no or little change. If you have a target 500 calories below this number (a 500 calorie deficit every day), you should see moderate weight loss (1-2 lbs per week). If you are more than 500 calories under, then your metabolism may get involved and slow your calorie burn to conserve your body mass.

    When I started on SP, I was under eating for my activity level. The two effects were that I had low energy during workouts and that I was not losing like I wanted to. When I adjusted the weekly calorie burn, my target consumption increased. Eating more calories gave me more energy during workouts and prevented my body from sabotaging my metabolic rate, resulting in better loss.

    Since the BMR and exercise calorie counts are an estimate, it may take a little give and take to figure out the right range. Give yourself at least a week after making any changes in order to assess the impact of the changes.

    Good luck!
    1927 days ago
    I have a couple of thoughts on this. It is my understanding, I might be wrong, that in order to lose weight, you need to take in less calories than the BMR. Taking the same amount every day should result in no gain or loss. Eating more will lead to a weight gain. Of course, exercise calorie burn helps too. I hope I am right with this analysis and I am sure smarter people than I will let me know (I hope).
    1927 days ago
    Good luck with your experiement. Keep us updated....I am eager to learn your results!

    1927 days ago
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