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4/1/16 11:22 P

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I seem to be consistently under or over. But I've just cut out soda, candy, sweets, basically any dessert type item. That destroys my calorie intake alone, plus I stopped going out to eat. Its not easy to eat "healthy" and consume enough calories.

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3/30/16 12:32 P

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Hi,

I have a similar problem. I'm doing keto and often I'm just not hungry enough to hit my daily calories and therefore my macronutrients for the day. However, as long as the percentages are what I need them to be, I'm fine. And like the other poster mentioned, starvation mode is a myth. Otherwise, anorexia nervosa is a conspiracy and all those severely underweight people are animatronics. All those starving kids on commercials with Sally Struthers pleading for money: an illusion. Point is eat what is healthy and fulfills your macros and even if you don't hit the caloric goal for the day, sleep peacefully knowing you did what was right for your body that day.

www.aworkoutroutine.com/starvation-mode/

Misha

PS I have a cousin who was anorexic for years and he has been able to live a healthy life since getting through it. When we talked about starvation mode once with another cousin just this past Easter, we both laughed. HARD. Like tears streaming down our faces. It's the biggest, pseudo sciencey myth running around weight loss communities. Calories in vs calories out. You could even eat junk food but as long as it's less than BMR and/or what you burn working out, you will lose. (Guy even did an experiment on himself eating junk food. Still lost weight. No really: www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinki
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Edited by: MISHACHANGE at: 3/30/2016 (12:34)
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3/30/16 11:19 A

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I think that is a good plan. As someone who has a lot of weight to lose, I feel like the calorie ranges Spark has given me have been a bit extreme. If I connect my fitbit fitness to it, I have had days where it wants me to eat 5000-6000 calories which is more than I was eating when I was eating fast food & junk. After tracking for a while, I have kind of found a range of calories that leaves me satisfied and gives me results on the scale.

One website that gave me a range similar to what I was shooting for is this one:

www.nowloss.com/how-to-lose-weight-k
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p-it-off-permanently.htm


I can't vouch for the rest of the site but the calorie ranges seemed pretty good. Once I came to what range I wanted to hit, I manually changed it here and now feel like it is tracking.

Good luck!

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3/29/16 12:17 P

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Thanks for responding. I will just keep eating my regular meals, and tracking them, but not be worried about meeting my calorie goal.

I didn't want to cause myself weight loss problems by not eating properly, and now that I am drinking more water and eating less junk food, I stay fuller longer.

I am down 10 in 3 weeks, and feel great! I will just keep doing what I have been and eat only when I am actually hungry.

Thanks again, and best of luck in your journey!

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3/29/16 10:32 A

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Here is the basic idea. You need to eat the amount of calories your body burns to function every day on a basic level minus a small percentage to lose weight. The goal is to have a calorie deficit of 3500 if you want to burn 1 pound of fat. Stretched out in a week, that's not too hard to deal with. 2 pounds a week isn't super difficult for most people I wouldn't think if you have a significant amount to lose (like most of us here). Now, there are some that say that if you don't eat enough of those calories every day your body goes into "starvation mode" and your metabolism slows down. Some say that is complete BS and I tend to agree with that. We are eating at least 3 meals a day, and that is hardly real starvation but I digress.

THIS is the reality: The calories you are suggested to eat are based on a one-size-fits-all model. I would say it's pretty close but you need to learn to listen to your body. If you are full before you meet that number, don't make yourself eat. That is counter productive to learning new habits. If you are actually hungry after meeting that number, you may be pushing too hard. The point is to find a level of sustainability for slow healthy weight loss that you can live with. Sure you can knock out 30-40 pounds quickly, but if you burn yourself out then it was pointless and here you will be starting over again and again. I know because that is what I did.

Edited by: PLATINUMZACK at: 3/29/2016 (10:35)
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3/28/16 10:32 P

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Does anyone else have problems reaching their calorie goal? I am consistently 300-400 under. I have been eating more fruits and veggies,and less high calorie snacks, and I just can't seem to reach my goals. I am full after each meal, and stay full until the next. I never thought I would be having problems with not eating enough calories.

Anyone else have this issue, or am I just weirder than I thought? LOL.

Any advice would also be helpful.

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