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2/20/12 11:43 P

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Awesome! Glad to hear it is working out for you!


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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon


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2/13/12 6:16 P

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I'm SO loving it Ecomuffin! It seems to help be stay excited about working out and stuff. I feel lost and naked without it (I forgot to wear it one day!)

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2/6/12 9:24 P

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How's it working out?


~Alicia
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon


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1/20/12 11:55 A

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Will do ECOMUFFIN. emoticon

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1/19/12 10:10 P

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Glad to hear you enjoy it!

Please keep us updated throughout the month. I'm always looking for new motivation and I love gadgets!

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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon


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1/19/12 7:47 P

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Thank you everyone for the great input. The calorie range that Sp gave me is a static one while the FitBit one changes with how active I am. I'm going to watch how all this effects me over the rest of the month.

And Eco...I'm LOVING my FitBit! emoticon It's as addictive as Spark is!

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1/19/12 10:05 A

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Well said! Thanks for a great answer!




Edited by: ECOMUFFIN at: 1/19/2012 (10:06)
~Alicia
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon


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1/19/12 10:00 A

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This is a difficult question because it depends on the accuracy of the fitbit.

Here's the thing, when you create your nutrition profile with either Spark People or even Calorie King, the information you input is plugged into equations and a calorie range is spit out. Depending on how much you want to lose and how quickly, the software gives you a range. Let's say you want to lose 2 pounds per week in 10 weeks. that's pretty aggressive.

So, let's say your goal is to lose 20 pounds in ten weeks. Now, let's say the software says that in order to lose one pound per week, you should eat 1500 calories a day. this assumes that it takes 2,000 calories to maintain your current weight.

Since one pound of fat = 3,500 calories, the software deducts 500 calories from your daily caloric intake for 1500 calories. so, if you were to eat 1500 calories each day for seven days, in theory, you'd lose one pound in one week. What about the other pound ? Now, let's add exercise. IF you were to burn 500 calories each day with a one hour workout, then in seven days that would give your your second pound loss.

In theory... theory on paper is extremely neat and tidy. Theory with regards to human biochemistry is much more complex. the human body doesn't work on a schedule. I learned that the hard way. The human body loses on its own terms.

So, if you were to eat 1500 calories per day AND exercise to burn 500 calories, that would give you a daily caloric deficit of 1000 calories. why is this bad ? Well, if you have to eat 2000 calories a day to maintain your weight, 1500 to lose... then wouldn't it make sense that eating 1000 calories should help you to lose quicker ?

NOPE. eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss. If you were to eat 1500 calories each day and exercise for 500, that means your body only has 1000 calories to keep your vital organs functioning properly. That's not enough to keep a healthy woman, healthy.

Studies have shown that the least amount of calories a woman should eat is 1200 to ensure they get all the vital nutrients their bodies need to be healthy.

In short, by trying to lose 2 pounds per week, your body might actually conserve fat instead of release fat. that's because 1000 calories a day just isn't enough to keep the body functioning properly. your body will start conserving fat until the famine passes. and yes, dieting is an artificial famine.

what to do ? Here's there the grey area comes into play. Ideally, if Spark or Calorie King says you should eat 1500 calories a day to lose weight, then stay within that range. That means, if you burn 500 calories with an intense workout, YES, you should eat those calories back.

But, this is where it gets difficult, you do have to be careful how many calories you eat back. that's because you have to know exactly how many calories you burn when you exercise. and that's difficult to do.

My advice ? If you're not sure exactly how many calories you burn, then don't eat the total amount back. let's say you might burn 500 calories in a workout, then eat 400 back. that's middle ground. I say eat 400 back because fitness machines and even HRMs are not perfect. unless you're under scientifically controlled conditions, you don't know exactly how many calories you're burning. Doing this would give you a one pound loss per week, which is much more sensible than a two pound loss UNLESS that person is morbidly obese.

Someone who is morbidly obese could safely lose 2 pounds per week. however, the closer a person is to a reasonably healthy weight for their height, the slower their weight loss will be.

I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose. QUALITY of the food you eat has a bigger impact than the quantity. how many of us have eaten less and less only to lose less and less ? Well, maybe if we ate more of the right foods and less of the wrong foods, we'd lose more.

Think quality when you eat. because the fact is, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

In short, go for a one pound loss per week instead of a 2 pound loss. And if you aren't doing any strength training DO make sure you're doing some to ensure that your increasing your lean muscle. Don't neglect your strength. lean muscle is important. the more lean muscle a person carries, the more efficient their body will be at burning fat.





Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/19/2012 (10:15)
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1/19/12 9:53 A

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I have to agree with Dee. As long as you are eating a healthy number of calories, I wouldn't worry too much about eating "back" the burned calories.

I like to go for bike rides with my husband on weekends and on those days I should, theoretically, be able to eat lots of "extra" calories, but it doesn't seem to work that way. I usually have an extra snack when I get home, but if I "eat back" too much, my weight goes up for the next couple of days.

If you do an unusual amount of exercise, be sure to have a healthy, high-fiber, low-GI snack to feed your body and keep your metabolism humming along, but try not to overdo it.

BTW, how do you like your FitBit?




Edited by: ECOMUFFIN at: 1/19/2012 (09:53)
~Alicia
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon


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1/18/12 9:34 P

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You gotta do what feels right for you, but I would suggest... IF you're eating more than 1200 calories a day.... eat back those exercise calories WHEN you're hungry and leave them be if you're not.
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1/18/12 4:17 P

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I know this is an age old question (well..maybe not AGES old) but hubby got me a FitBit for Christmas and I'm always way below my calorie range that is set on their site for me. They start out by showing calories burned just to sustain life, then the more you burn throughout the day (walking, climbing stairs, working out, etc) the amount you can eat goes up. I'm trying to stay within my calorie range I have set here. So should I eat back those calories or maybe just adjust my range here at SP? I seem to be stalled at 219-220. Help!

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