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Confusion Reigns

Friday, September 13, 2013

I am seldom meeting my calorie goals, some days, like yesterday I'm not even close. I'm under, and people let me tell you I'm eating quite a bit, the least amount in the last week was 1490. Yesterday I ate 2358 calories which seem like a lot of food and I was cringing a bit as I was entering it let me tell ya BUT my goal range was 3001-3351, holy crap. Now flash to my FITBIT, which is synced to my Sparkpeople (set to the same weekly weight loss) and it tells me I'm 253 calories OVER. Who do I believe? and what do I aim for now that my eating plan is simply counting calories? emoticon

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    I am wondering if you the calculation(s) takes into account your age.
    As you know, metabolism slows with age.
    Also, I am guessing that you get to have such a high calorie range because of all your physical activity.
    If so, as you get more fit, what used to be a lot of effort (and require more calories to accomplish) becomes easier, thus requiring less energy expenditure.
    Of course, more activity would require more food, but maybe not as much as has been allowed by the calculators.

    I agree with those that say you need to go by your body and what it is telling you that it needs.

    1672 days ago
    That is hard, I say listen to your body! Since this is a lifestyle change we will have to continue to tweek it as we go! With the amount of fitness you do, eating on the higher end is certainly not going to hurt you. I know how frustrating it is, as I have to tweek mine all the time to lose weight! Hopefully you will find that magic number, to work for your body!
    1679 days ago
    I agree with ForBande...listen to your body. Machines (technology) fails us often so the mishap is normal. I think whether you eat too much or too little, your body will balance itself out :)
    1680 days ago
    That's a tough one! I'm sure both systems have different algorithms for calculating your calories. I say you trust your gut - if you are hungry eat. If you're not, don't. I think learning to understand and trust our bodies and what they tell us is the best approach. The tools are great (I Love my fitbit) but they don't take into consideration the personal tweaks that make us unique.

    I hope you're able to find a good stride with your calories and tools!
    1680 days ago
    How frustrating! I hope you can sort it out.
    1681 days ago
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