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Sunday, April 27, 2014

I've been really struggling, for a long time, over how much to eat on a given day. It used to be that I would exercise my B-hind off and eat only about 1000 calories or less, and wonder why I wasn't losing weight. Finally, I realized the reason why was because I wasn't eating enough! I've now learned that our body is like a train. It has to have coal (fuel) in order to get anywhere!! Chug~a~chug~ chug... No fuel? Nowheresville!

So I've been detailing, in my nutrition tracker, the amount of exercise, the amount of calories eaten, and whether I lost weight that day or not. The results are as follows, and mind you, for anyone else reading this; these results are for ME. Each person is different, so you have to get your own results. Sorry! emoticon

My goal is to maintain around 123-125 lbs.

On days I feel like being a couch potato; getting no exercise, I need to eat around 1200-1300 calories.

On days when I'm fairly active. Meaning I'm burning around 400-500 calories with exercise, I need to eat around 1400-1500 calories that day.

My latest problem was how much to eat on days I'm REALLY active. It's taken some time to finally figure out how much I need to eat on those days. I figured I wasn't eating enough, but how much should I eat?? I FINALLY got success on this yesterday! emoticon

On days when I'm really active, meaning I'm burning around 900 calories with exercise, I need to eat 2000 calories on that day.

This blog is intended for me to be able to come back to as a reference. Feel free to look at my nutrition tracker, with it's personal notes, if you think it might help you. But understand that each of us is different. So what works for me might not work exactly the same way for you, because metabolism, age, sex, etc...etc....all come into play.
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  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I hope that all works out for you. I am finding out more about the "fueling" part on SP and have found I need to eat more to lose. More about it in my blog, that I will write later.
    2024 days ago
  • XANDRA14
    I find this to be true for me too. The years I spent starving myself and being miserable didn't work, but feeding my body so it can function does. I starting using the feature where SparkPeople adjusts my calorie range automatically throughout the day based on my exercise. The range starts low in the morning, and as I exercise and start moving the range increases. It seems to work well for me.
    2025 days ago
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