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MSDEE7679 SparkPoints: (7,218)
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6/21/12 9:39 A

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-c
alculator/NU00598

Here is the link, and yes, I typed something in wrong. Thanks for the responses. I think I'll stick with SP.

-CORAL- SparkPoints: (37,442)
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6/20/12 1:25 P

If you are getting good results with your SP plan (congrats on your loss so far, btw), then I wouldn't worry about what the Mayo Clinic calculator gave you, just keep following your SP plan.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (13,865)
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6/20/12 7:02 A

I did it on the mayo site and got 2200 to maintain your weight for your stats.... subtract 500 deficit and its 1700 per day to lose. I guessed at age but it came out the same. I listed you as very active. You must have entered something incorrectly when you did the first time. Just make sure you have updated your weight on Spark every time you lose 10-15lbs. As your calorie range will go down the less you weigh.

Edited by: MAGGIEMURPHY4 at: 6/20/2012 (07:05)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/20/12 1:09 A

MSDEE7679 the only selectable options I see are:

Age
Height ft, height in
Weight lbs
Sex

And a metric version.

Nothing about losing weight. Sorry, would you still PLEASE share the url? I suspect you're looking at something different, as two people have told you the thing we found on the mayo clinic site doesn't do what you saw.

ANARIE Posts: 12,466
6/19/12 11:22 P

So it sounds like you're using SparkPeople's recommendations and doing fine? If so, just don't worry about the other calculator. Maybe you typed something in wrong, or maybe the folks at Mayo need to stick to doctoring and give up on the computer programming, but regardless, you've found all you need. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

SHERMOR13 SparkPoints: (6,584)
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6/19/12 7:53 P

I don't have a great or scientific answer, but I do know that to lose weight you need to eat less and exercise. Have you tried Weight Watchers - for me that's way too much food & too many choices - but for others it works GREAT! I just need to watch my calories, fat, carbs & sodium intake. BUT we are all different.

Good luck whatever you decide to do!



MSDEE7679 SparkPoints: (7,218)
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6/19/12 6:39 P

I exercise 5-6 day per week. I do cardio x 5, weight traingin x3 for a total of 2 hours. I also walk 4 miles on the weekend. SP says 1790-2190.. or something like that.

MSDEE7679 SparkPoints: (7,218)
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6/19/12 6:37 P

You can select the option to lose wt or maintain.

ANARIE Posts: 12,466
6/19/12 3:56 P

I also think you'll be surprised at how much 1200 calories adds up to if you cut out all empty calories. But if it seems too little, figure out maintenance calories for a sedentary woman your age and the weight you WANT to be, and use that for the top of your calorie range to start. You'll have to lower it at some point as you get closer to your goal, but you should be able to lose a pound a week for a few months by eating your goal weight maintenance.

I would suspect that you got the 1200 figure because you said you wanted to lose a lot of weight faster than is really practicable. SparkPeople does the same if you set your goal date too early. It won't tell you, "Uh-uh, no way, not gonna happen." It just gives you the lowest range and lets you figure it out.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/19/12 3:44 P

That's why I want what calculator she actually used to get 1200 - the site doesn't appear to have one, so what self-injected values was she using?

When I use a standard BMR calculator, it puts just her base BMR as higher than what the mayo calculator thinks she needs to eat to maintain.

That site is just WAY off.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (13,865)
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6/19/12 3:35 P

Deb you came up with 1800 to maintain that weight if you subtract 500 calorie a day deficit that 1300 calories to lose...not much more than 1200 the range she said she needs to lose weight. If her activity is little exercise and she is over 40 then 1200 is not that out of whack. My question is what does Spark say her range should be????

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/19/12 3:28 P

Maggie you weigh just over 100 pounds. I don't think you understand how much someone who weighs 240 pounds requires.

1200 is NOT enough.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (13,865)
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6/19/12 3:21 P

I have tried a number of these calculators and each one was pretty close... You have to key in your activity level the more activity the more calories you need. Also your age is a factor, your sex. If you are not asked these questions then it won't be accurate. What does Spark say your calorie range should be? Is it the same or close??? You have to remember it is a suggested range. Some days you can stay at the low end and other days at the high end. It takes some practice to get used to it. Once you stop eating high calorie foods with no nutritional value you will see that 12-1500 calories is plenty...it's about 400-500 calories a meal.

Edited by: MAGGIEMURPHY4 at: 6/19/2012 (15:30)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/19/12 3:17 P

I've looked at their site, searched for "calories" and "calculator" and "lose weight", and the only calculator I can find is the one to maintain, which gave over 1800 for your stats.

Please provide a link to where you got 1200 from.

ZHVAH18 SparkPoints: (10,924)
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6/19/12 2:14 P

I've done that calculator before, and it's for maintaining your current weight, not what you should eat to lose.

www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-calculat
or/NU00598


or is there a different calculator somewhere that I didn't see?

EDIT: OP your calculations are WAY off for maintenance for that calculator so I'm thinking there MUST be another calculator on that website I didn't see?

Edited by: ZHVAH18 at: 6/19/2012 (14:16)
SHMEL427 Posts: 2
6/19/12 1:43 P

Just tried this - it says I should be eating 1950 calories. I'm 29 and 5'1", currently weighing 151. This is a little far fetched for me I think.

MSDEE7679 SparkPoints: (7,218)
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6/19/12 1:33 P

I went to the Mayo Clinic website to find out how many calories I shoudl eat to shed lbs. Well, to my surprise, I showed 1200 per day for my age, gender, height(5'4") and weight (240). I don't see how I could survive on that amount. Anyone else tried this diet?

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