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What's Your Number? - September 11, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Being a science-y type person, I was intrigued by one of AutieJ's blogs (somewhere in April, check it out. EDIT: Okay, I found it: "I Ain't Too Proud To Blog" - April 1, 2016):

She had noted that over time she had learned the "sweet spot" [my term, not hers] in her calorie range that caused the greatest effect in terms of weight loss.

SparkPeople has given me a range of 1200 to 1550 calories to utilize as I lose weight. Today, I had an astonishing five-pound weight loss. How? Did not starve myself. Did not calorie cycle. Was 100% in the recommended calorie range. What I did discover was that every day this past week, I was averaging 1450 calories daily or to be more precise: 1452.29 calories to be exact. It appears that this just might be my sweet spot as I lose weight. Something I never considered. Granted, this is not a large sample size (for those who are strict scientists out there), but it is intriguing enough to warrant further study.

In my "Experiment of One", I'm going to aim to test this hypothesis and try to stick to this magic number (for me) of 1450 and see where it takes me. I have plenty of time, as I have a long way to go yet.

This should be very innerestin'.

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  • _JODI404

    YES -- I firmly believe we have a # or a range that we individually need to eat within in order to lose, and then in order to maintain. Variables may impact it -- and it should be tested with experimentation!

    Great job, so very happy for you!!

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    1228 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Thank you for that information as I do believe there is a sweet spot that maintains consistent weight loss.
    1228 days ago
    GREAT JOB! Even if n=1, seems like with your results the r value is high!
    1228 days ago
    1650 was mine to lose to maintain I've upped it to the 1750-1800 far so 3rd week of maintenance...I have detailed & checked all macronutrients & all in balance particularly my protein as I am strength training focused...
    1228 days ago
    I'm so glad you found your "lucky number." They say knowing is half the battle, but I beg to differ. Knowing is ALL the battle when it comes to certain things. You can't fight a battle if you don't know what artillery to use.
    1228 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I'm still playing with the "sweet spot" and not sure exactly where I should be. But I'm glad you found yours and I hope that it keeps on working for you! emoticon emoticon
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    1228 days ago
    Have you factored in all of the other numbers involved in losing weight? There are so many variables...! By all means, have fun trying to figure out the equation!
    1228 days ago
    Good job! It really is science-y data and math. ;)
    1228 days ago
    Not a bad number to use at all too!!! I'm looking forward to the science-y analysis of your data emoticon
    1229 days ago
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