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Friday, February 24, 2012

In 2009, when I was actually losing weight at a steady pace, I hit a wall. I had been working out 5 times a week (almost all cardio) and watching my food well and I KNEW I should be losing weight. But instead I gained and I was upset and knew something was wrong. Back then ZIRCADIA suggested that I change around my calorie consumption because maybe I wasn't eating enough. And she was right. After that I losing again.

I am wondering if I am back at that point now. I workout 5-6 times a week. I do about an hour of cardio on 3 of those days, ST on 2-3 of them (routine put together by my trainer) and one or two days I will do both. So, on average, I workout about 6 hours a week total. I have been eating anywhere from 1,000 - 1.500 calories per day. Those low days are not done on purpose, just because I am not really hungry and when not tracking calories I don't realize that I am low. But I would say that probably doesn't happen too often. I can't help it if I like having a whole plate of green beans for dinner!

Anyway, back in 2009, ZIRCADIA directed me toward a website called phord.com and when I went back there today... it seems that it no longer exists. I did find another website that is basically telling me that I should be eating between 2251-2944 calories a day. YIKES! That sounds really high! I don't know what to think right now.

When I workout I am either jogging (pushing myself to exhaustion considering I still weigh 288) and/or doing spin bike (following the virtual training videos on a screen) and then on strength training days I do at least 30 minutes of ST and then usually some cardio after that also. While it's not too difficult to figure out how much I am burning with the cardio, it is nearly impossible to figure out what I am burning during ST, hence my hesitation on boosting up my calories...

Now what???

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    Well, I am late coming to this blog, have you asked your trainer? Hope you have figured it out...
    3195 days ago
    I know calories are something that's easy to count and track, but it's NUTRITION that really matters. A plate of green beans is not a balanced dinner. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to effectively use the calories you consume. It's important to get nutrition from food, not just from supplements. You seem to be doing so well with working out, maybe a session with a nutritionist would really pay off for you. It's a shame to see you so frustrated -- you're doing great and I wish you all the best!
    3197 days ago
    Well, during ST it depends on what TYPE of ST you're doing. Are you moving quickly from exercise to exercise and keeping your heartrate up? If so, you could track it under cardio as Circuit training. Something like a body pump class can burn up to like 600cal in an hourlong class, too. So it just kind of depends on what ST you're doing. But I'm pretty sure that regardless if your weight is at 288 you're eating wayyyy too little at 1000-1500 calories.

    Generally your BMR is usually similar to your weight plus a zero. So that means on a day to day basis doing nothing 2880 calories are burned by your body. It could be less than that with the calculator, but that's why the suggestion is 2251-2944. Is SP giving you a warning each week about burning too many calories??

    It usually shows up on the fitness tracking page at the bottom. If you're consistently going over what is entered as your goal, then sparks isn't taking the calorie burn you're doing into account for the nutritional range suggestion. And if you're not eating as much as the range suggestion, you're very likely eating too little.

    Suggestions for getting up to range (IF you're not burning too much, to not get too low, and IF your range gets higher) - calories through liquids. Juices, smoothies, etc. Most people eliminating calories avoid this because it's easy to get extra calories without filling up, but if you're having a hard time getting enough - BONUS! Fats - add a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of granola, a handful of nuts, some avocado.
    3197 days ago
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    Have you ever considered calorie cycling? You might want to read up on it and maybe try it out for a month to see if you notice a change. Good luck... I am sure you will figure out the right balance, just takes to time and trial and error.
    3198 days ago
    You should try livestrong.com. It's a website that you can track your food, exercises, measurments. By tracking your measurments it calculates how many calories you should be eating. I love that web site. I use that one on a daily basis as well Spark. Hope this works for you;-)
    3198 days ago
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