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Calorie Calculations 101

How SparkPeople Calculates Your Personal Calorie Range

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  • Very interesting article!!!
  • I try to eat 1600 calories on the DASH plan. 1600 is doable for me.
  • It is easy to do numbers in centimeters. I know most of the world uses them but this old lady cannot understand the conversion.
    Surely the people at Spark can do the pounds for our weight tracker and it will really be helpful to us.
    You have the benefit of computers that can get it done in seconds. Pat in Maine.
  • I think it is great that they explained how they calculate the calories. I started out planing to eat 1200. Now I eat closer to 1500. I like how it tracks the fat, protein, carbs and other items. This helps me stay on track. I am paying more attention to keeping it balanced. I like that it calculates each item so if I need more protein or fiber I can look at what I ate and have another of something I need instead of eating something I don't need. I don't worry about if my percentages are perfect. they are usually pretty close. Even if I am off I still stay within the calorie range. I really wish I would have known how great SP was before. My whole problem with weight loss is I only loge food for 2 weeks then go out on my own. I am no on week 6. I have lost 20 lbs and 2 clothing sizes. Now the hard work begins. I have to stick to it this time.
  • Thanks, Good Info!
  • I just read on another site that men should not consume less thatn 1800 calories per day. This article says 1500. ??
  • Hi I'm just wondering why when it comes to my carbs at the end of the day when I run the report it says I'm over 50% of my carbs and I'm in the middle of what the tracker allows me I don't understand can u help.
  • Once again I've read another long winded article that doesn't answer my basic question. JUST how many calories a day am I supposed to be eating in order to lose weight as a type 2 diabetes man. All I get is background general info. but no specific answer on just what should be my goal calorie intake. Very frustrating not to get simple answers.
  • ARIJITDUTTA13
    Nice information on calorie count. So i guess the baseline is to consume more calories (above the base line) in-order to boost metabolism rate.. in other words eat to lose weight.
  • RENERODIS
    Hi Beck. it's good to know how to calculate calories. Thanks for posting this article. Really helpful. Im sure your other readers will benefit from this too. http://bit.ly/eating_healthy
  • PDM12345
    This was very helpful. The problem that I've found is the fitness tracker numbers can be way off the mark. As a result I'm reluctant to accept the guidelines in the nutrition tracker after the fitness updates are applied.
  • BARUCH_W
    In order to lose a pound per week, do I need to subtract 500 calories from the value shown for 'Calories Remaining Today' on the start page does the or does the Base Goal + Fitness Track already take account of the required deficit? That is, if I consume all my remaining calories for a day as shown on my start page, do I create the desired deficit of 500 calories or do I need to have 500 calories remaining at the end of each day to achieve this deficit? In other words, is step # 7 already included in the total calorie value SparkPeople displays as available?

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