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REBM85 Posts: 128
4/30/12 7:10 A

I've decided to lower my calories by one hundred a day..I haven't lost weight in two weeks so I think something needs to be done!!!

SONICB Posts: 4,262
4/29/12 1:52 P

I disagree w/the below post's sentence "Spark calorie suggestions are usually on the high side." Everyone's body is different, and the given range is *sometimes* too high for certain people. But personally, the range it gives for me is too low.

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4/29/12 10:17 A

Spark calorie suggestions are usually on the high side. If I ate what they recommended, I would gain weight rapidly. But this is do to a very slow damaged metabolism from a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. If you are losing weight steadily, then that should be the correct amount. If not, maybe remove 100-300 calories a day from your meal plan to see if the scale starts moving down again. I always have to play around with my calories to get the scale to move or maintain.
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REBM85 Posts: 128
4/29/12 9:47 A

I haven't always been this dedicated trust me..I'm in two weddings this summer and I want to look my best...also the bootcamp classes I take are very addicting and I pay $80 a month for them so I want to get the most out of them. My biggest struggle...FOOD!!! I really need to work on that..it's hard! Especially on the weekends!!

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,687
4/28/12 9:06 P

If you are really burning about 5000 calories weekly through planned exercise, and you aim for about 2 pounds lost per week...your calorie range would be about 1600-1900. You report that you are losing weight each week, so it sounds like there is no need to alter the plan right now.
Becky

PSYCHE0929 SparkPoints: (3,306)
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4/28/12 12:38 P

Wow! I'm really jealous of your dedication. I struggle with that a lot.

REBM85 Posts: 128
4/28/12 12:02 P

Thanks!!

I'm female, 26, 5'4..

I do boot camp 3 days a week and go to the gym 5 days a week. I strive to burn 5250 cals a week. I think that may be the reason it is so high. As long as I stick to my plan I have been losing weight. I don't weigh in again until Monday morning or I may try to wait til Wednesday morning!!! Please let me know what you think!! Thank you so much!

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,687
4/27/12 4:41 P

Yes, your calorie range is on the higher side. And our program sometimes gives a too high range for folks who have a larger amount to lose. I am happy to check your information. Please share your:
gender,
age
height
a little about your exercise plan.
are you losing weight weekly on the current calorie range? how much each week?

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

REBM85 Posts: 128
4/27/12 2:08 P

Thanks for all the reassurance and feedback, I got really nervous. I didn't want to drastically cut my calories and be hungry all the time! I burn over 5,000 cals a week! Spark has really helped me. I joined a long time ago but just started taking it seriously a few months ago and this time losing weight feels different. It feels good! emoticon

ANARIE Posts: 12,485
4/27/12 1:57 P

The person whose blog you were reading probably either only has a few pounds to lose or is much older than you, or she may have set a very aggressive schedule. It looks like you're losing weight just fine on your current plan. You could probably lose faster if you ate less, BUT you would be hungry and uncomfortable and you'd have to be much more careful about planning to make sure you get all the nutrients you need. As you get closer to goal, your suggested range will drop; the last 10-15 pounds are hard. But for now, keep doing what you're doing. There's no sense in making it hard when it doesn't have to be.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
4/27/12 1:23 P

Everyone is different. Your calorie range is based of how much You weigh currently and how active You are. It varies person to person.

PEPSTEPPER Posts: 106
4/27/12 1:13 P

I have noticed that plugging in my intake and keeping track of my nutrition/calories....with SP, I don't feel hungry or like I am on a diet.

Yet.....voila.....I am loosing an average of a pound a week.

Its cool.

If it isn't working for someone, I suspect they are not measuring food as they input it?

AMBERLYNNXXO Posts: 164
4/27/12 12:57 P

Sp's calorie range is peronalized for you. It depends on how many exercise minutes you do each week, your weight, your goal weight (and date), height ect.. I always thought SP was giving me too many calories because I always had it in my head that 1200 was the way to go .. because it was the lowest "safe" amount to eat...but it wasn't until I actually started listening to their recommendations that the weight started coming off. Goes to show you don't have to starve to lose weight. I usually keep my intake to the lower end of my calorie range...because I take a maintenance day. From what I've see SP's recommandations are spot on :)

REBM85 Posts: 128
4/27/12 12:35 P

How many calories should I be eating a day?? According to my sparkpage it should be 1660-2010 but I was just reading a blog with one of the reasons that helped her lose weight was she ate between 1200 ato 1500 a day...am I doing something wrong??

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