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When it comes to weight loss/management, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We know that different techniques work for different people, and every SparkPeople member is acting like a scientist in an "experiment of one" to discover what works for them. That's why SparkPeople offers two different methods of determining your daily calorie range. Members can switch to either option at any time based on preferences and effectiveness. You may find that one option works well for a while, but later want to experiment with the other method to jump-start your results, for example. Throughout your journey, our team of coaches and supportive members will be here to help you make the best choice and reach your goals.
We'll explain both calorie options in detail here so you can decide which is right for your body today.
There are two great options you can choose from to determine your daily calorie range. You can only be in one option at any given time. We recommend following one method for at least a few days (maybe even a few weeks) to notice whether that calorie range works for you. (To see which option is currently selected on your account, or to change your settings, visit your ”Account/Email Preferences" page.
OPTION 1: Turn "on" communication between your Fitness Tracker and your Nutrition Tracker. With this option selected, all of the calories burned that you track via the Fitness Tracker (or using an activity tracker synced with your SparkPeople account) will get added into your daily calorie range. The amount of calories you can eat each day will increase when you track your fitness.
Note: This is the default option for all members who joined the site after 7/10/13.
Things to Consider about This OptionOPTION 2: Turn "off" communication between your Fitness Tracker and your Nutrition Tracker. With this option selected, the fitness you track will NOT affect your daily calorie range, and you will have one consistent calorie range to aim for every single day. Under this method, our system assumes you are generally sedentary, so if you do exercise consistently, you should edit your fitness program settings to indicate how much you exercise on a weekly basis (so your daily calorie goals are as accurate as possible).
Note: This is the default option for all members who joined the site before 7/10/13.
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Whatever method you choose, SparkPeople strongly believes in the benefits of consistent exercise and that it can help people reach many goals. Our experts and members can answer your questions about this topic and more in the Diet & Nutrition Message Boards.
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