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3/28/15 11:33 A

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I was going to change mine to moderate because when I first started this program I was only exercising like 10 minutes per day on 5 days out of the week. Now I workout anywhere from 1-2 hours per day 6 times per week. I decided to leave mine to sedentary because I might have a week where I take a couple days off.

I am thinking you could try it for a few weeks maybe to check it out or maybe you should leave it at sedentary for a bit yet. Sorry not much help lol.

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3/27/15 10:22 A

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I like those suggestions. The thing is, I am not planning on changing my calorie intake, even if I changed my activity level. It may be a bit of a head game to say "well, I am allowed 2300-2600, but I am only eating 1650." I think I will give it another 2 or 3 weeks at this activity level, then check my reports on calorie differential over time and see where, if anywhere, I should adjust.


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3/27/15 9:28 A

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I was thinking about this the other day as well J. I would go with what your activity level is if you take away exercise. That's more of a normal day. I've thought about changing it too. With my second job a few days a week. I don't know though.... I think since you are losing at the range you are now, possibly just leaving it wouldn't be a bad thing for the time being.

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3/26/15 10:51 P

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One thought that popped in my head is to set your activity level based on your rest day.

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3/26/15 8:52 P

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That would make sense. Walking about 3 miles would burn that.

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3/26/15 6:37 P

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It is different for women/men I know for me it jumped up 350 calories, but I was burning over 1200 a day. I am going to assume for a man it would be 450.

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3/26/15 1:11 P

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It just seems counter-intuitive to me, to eat more because I am not losing weight every day. That's a hurdle I struggle to clear. I still eat below the sedentary range, and am not feeling hungry or deprived. More calories and I would feel like I was eating just to eat, which is what got me into this mess in the first place.
I think you are all right, and that leaving it be for now is the best thing. (It does take about 5 days between losses) On days when I burn a ridiculous amount of calories I will not be stingy with refueling calories. Does anyone know how much the ranges increase between activity levels?

edit: I am not dissatisfied with my loss rate. It's coming off consistently and healthfully.

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3/26/15 12:57 P

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I have mine set at sedentary too because I also sit most of the time. I allow spark to adjust for the workouts that I do, but I still try to keep as close to the sedentary calorie range as possible even though it says I am allowed more. Unless I am feeling hungry, I try not to use them.

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3/26/15 12:44 P

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I am with Bill. Last year when I was at the gym 3+ hours a day I changed it to moderate, and it did help --as I had been eating too little calories, once I increased my daily amount to 1800 on the days I was at the gym M-F, the weight dropped much faster. I know you have tracked your bodies cycle--so maybe when you see the cycle becoming 5 days instead of 3, try adding in an extra 200 calories to see how it goes. Do it for 10 days and then you will know what works for you.

Right now I am back at sedentary--I sit a lot. Unless I start getting in 3 plus hours of exercise, it will stay that way.

Edited by: HAT_WRIGHT at: 3/26/2015 (12:45)
Goal 1000 fitness minutes/month!

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3/26/15 12:37 P

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I have left mine at sedentary and let spark adjust it when I do more activity. My reasoning is that if I don't workout, my activity level is nowhere near moderate. If you aren't going to change your calories you consume, it is being conservative to leave it where it is in my opinion.

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3/26/15 12:22 P

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For those of you who sit at a desk all day like I do: I am considering changing my activity level setting from sedentary to moderate, but am unsure if I should. I don't plan on changing my calorie intake, but I am curious to see how much the range increases. When did you change your setting? When I started spark, I was exercising zero minutes a month, and work at a desk 4 feet from my bed, all but one day a week. Now that I am getting in a couple of miles a day, and other exercise, I am wondering if I should account for that activity, or if I should just leave it as is, because my job is sedentary, and let the workout tracker account for the extra calories burned on its own. Suggestions?

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