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I don't get it... Not giving up... but I really don't get it

Friday, January 08, 2016

I am 5'9" tall.
According to Spark my BMR is 1880 calories per day. (with my settings set to a sedentary lifestyle)
Spark has my baseline calorie intake (with a sedentary lifestyle, assuming no activity) set to 1200-1500 calories a day in order to lose weight.
This past week I have eaten between 1450-1550 calories every day with the exception of one day where I ate 1780 calories (the day I went to a pilates class, and intense Zumba class, and took a 30 minute brisk power walk)
Daily I burned a minimum of 550 calories on top of my BMR going up to 1268 calories above on that high exercise day.
So. To recap:
Even with no exercise, if I were sedentary all day, I created a calorie deficit of between 350-450 calories.. With one day only a 100 calories deficit....
I was NOT sedentary all day.
I either took a walk, went to Zumba, or did Pilates every day. On my low exercise days I simply took a walk for a half hour in addition to my daily activities.
I have been diligent.
I use a scale to measure my food.
I log everything. This week I logged every single day - From last Friday through this morning.
Sounds fantastic, right?
So can someone please explain to me why I have GAINED 2 POUNDS THIS WEEK??????
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    I, too, have found that I need to adjust the calories suggested to lose weight. I have a small frame and don't seem to need as much as they say. Counting calories doesn't seem to work for me, but watching where the calories come does. I have found that the large amount of carbs they suggest isn't good for me, but an almost equal percentage of where they come from does. For instance: 40% carbs; 30% fat; 30% protein seems to be a good combo for me. When I overdo on the fat or carbs and go under on the protein, may as well call it a washout! Hope you find the right path for you!

    emoticon Keep Sparking!!!
    1474 days ago
    I found that I lost a lot of weight simply by refusing to eat any processed foods. No calorie counting or weighing involved.
    1475 days ago
    SP Land with me having an active lifestyle, because of the way I workout, has me set to eat 1200 to 1550 calories a day.

    I learned early on not to trust what they put up there, as several of my friends are set at the same caloric intake I am at and they barely move, sometimes. So, I don't pay any attention to the 1200 to 1550 caloric intake. I do my exercise and they keep adding more calories that I'm able to eat, but I NEVER eat them back. I always have a deficit. I range from 75 to 1800 more calories a day that I'm able to eat, depending on how I exercise. Right now, I've had 2 what I call mini workouts. The first one was 35 minutes and the second one was 33 minutes. Both were walking briskly sometimes jogging through the house doing laundry, dishes, cooking chili, etc. So, at this point I've eaten 290 calories, but because of my workouts SP Land says that I should eat another 1,329 to 1,679 calories, to make my day a good day. NOT!!!! I listen to my body and I normally have to push to get me above 1200 calories. Now yesterday, I ate something that I don't normally eat and I gained like .2 lbs. I didn't eat my calories back in, yet I still gained. I think it has to do also with your body and how you process what you're eating. Also it depends on the time of day that you're eating. I found that if I eat anything after 9 PM, no matter if I'm under or not, I end of gaining, because I usually go to bed on what I just ate.

    I pray that this helps you some, as I know when my eyes were opened I started changing things really quick.


    - Nancy Jean -
    1475 days ago
  • no profile photo JENNIFERLYNNE23
    What is your typical daily diet? I had to adjust where my calories where coming from. Those 2 pounds (I'm willing to bet) are not fat, just water.
    1475 days ago
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