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UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
4/26/12 3:22 P

Well that's what the Daily Calorie Differential report is for. :)

Don't forget that Spark does provide this information - in a useful form including the BMR.

Simply relating exercise to food is not useful. I could give you figures for three people with the same "net calories", one would gain, one would lose, and one would maintain. That figure isn't useful.



MRAASCH42
SparkPoints: (26,438)
Fitness Minutes: (6,117)
Posts: 109
4/26/12 3:15 P

My range is 1650-2000. I understand what you are saying. I guess what I am getting at is another motivator for people to exercise. Also for days when you know you are going to be eating a big dinner or such, you can know exactly where you are with calories in vs out for the day.



UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
4/26/12 3:09 P

What's your actual Spark range?

Spark doesn't relate exercise directly to food. As I said, that's a nonsensical figure. It really tells you nothing. There is no need to consider whether you need to eat a different value depending on how hard you worked out today - just ensure your weekly burn goal is accurate and eat wherever within your range you feel most comfortable every day.

(My "calories left today" doesn't change if I add new exercise).

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 4/26/2012 (15:10)


MRAASCH42
SparkPoints: (26,438)
Fitness Minutes: (6,117)
Posts: 109
4/26/12 3:05 P

I just checked my Start page, and it says I have 1098-1448 calories remaining to eat today. You said the calories I burned would be included in that. If so, that should say approximately 600-950 since I burned almost 500 calories on my workout this morning, and have eaten 552.



MRAASCH42
SparkPoints: (26,438)
Fitness Minutes: (6,117)
Posts: 109
4/26/12 3:00 P

Thanks for the heads up on the report for daily calorie differential. Been here for ten months and never checked that out. I never noticed that the range subtracts the calories I burned for the day on the start page?




UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
4/26/12 2:56 P

Food minus exercise tells you absolutely nothing useful whatsoever. You are ignoring a MAJOR part of your daily burn - your BMR. Simply subtracting exercise from food is not recommend - that is not a useful figure.

If you want to keep track of your daily net calories, the Daily Calorie Differential report mentioned is the one you want.

You need to add BMR and daily activity to your exercise and subtract THAT from food. You need to have a deficit of 500 on that in order to lose a pound a week.



JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
4/26/12 2:52 P

In your reports tab, there is a report for daily calorie differential. I'm also not sure what you mean by "net calories". You shouldn't be adding in or substracting any calories from the range SP gives you because of exercise. That range includes the calories burned you enter on your fitness page.



MRAASCH42
SparkPoints: (26,438)
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4/26/12 2:36 P

I have an idea for the start page. I personally like to keep track of calories out vs calories in. What I would like to see on the start page is keep the calories tracked for the day on there, but change the calories burned for that day also be on there. I don't like the idea of it showing calories eaten for the day, then have calories burned for the week. Does that make sense? Either have both listed as daily totals or as weekly totals, so you can see where your at for the day or week without having to switch back and forth and doing the math to figure it out. I would prefer the daily totals myself, but there should also be an option to do it weekly, or just have both on there.

Like today, with my calories eaten and exercise, I am at 56 calories net, so I have 1600 calories left to eat to get to my goal. As of now I have to switch back and forth to figure this out. I would like this to be right there on the start page so I know exactly where I am at with my calories for the day. Plus I think that would be a good motivator for exercise to get that number lower.

What you think?



 
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