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5/17/09 7:31 A

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I've heard it but it is totally bogus. Maintaining body weight is a function of calories consumed=calories used. That involves not only your current body weight, but you gender, age, height, and level of activity. So for example, a 25 year old man who is 5'10, exercises several times a week and has a physically active job and/or hobby would have a very different calorie requirement from a 50 year old woman who is 5'4", doesn't exercise and has a desk job even if they were the exact same weight.

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5/15/09 10:17 A

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I maintain pretty well at about 2000 calories. I reset my whole spark program and it's saying I should be eating 1580 - 1930 calories (or something like that). WTF? That's not nearly enough! And I do not have any weight loss goals set on the site.

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5/9/09 8:12 A

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I am 5'6" and 120lb and I have been maintaining on about 1600-1800 calories, depending on level of activity.

Going on a 1200 cal diet is definitely going to cause me to lose.

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5/3/09 2:01 P

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OK, I tried these equations with my weight, and this seems to be a little more accurate. I can lose on 1500, and I can maintain on 1800, although I find that I am also able to maintain at 2000-2200, as long as I am fairly active.

This formula works better for me :-)

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LISANELSONRD's Photo LISANELSONRD Posts: 76
5/3/09 1:34 P

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I have never heard of this method to calculate calorie needs. There is a very general calculation:

To lose: 25 x wt (kg)
To maintain: 30 x wt (kg)
To gain: 35 x wt (kg)

But, this will vary greatly between individuals.

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5/3/09 11:13 A

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Yeah, like several others have said that is not a good formula. I am 5'6" 119 pounds so that would mean I need to eat less than 1200 calories per day - the conventional wisdom is that 1200 a day the MINIMUM requirement for any average sized adult (in other words, if you are smaller than an Olsen twin, then maybe less) to get the macronutrients required to support organ function, etc. So, yeah, that formula is very arbitrary and does not take into account age, gender, activity level, all things that affect the amount of calories needed.

What I would do, if I were you, is not only use Spark, as some have suggested, but I would google "calorie needs calculator" and get say 10 answers and then get an average.

One last thing, if you have been aiming for a certain number of calories while losing you can use that as a starting point. GRADUALLY up a little. Frankly maintenance does allow for more wiggle room than dieting, but not a ton more.

Best of luck to you getting to that goal! And most importantly, congrats on all the hard work you have already done!!!!!

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5/2/09 9:13 P

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Generally speaking, most females need about 2000 calories per day to maintain, a bit more if very active, a bit less if not so active. This is a general guideline and Sparks will give a more personal guideline. 1400 calories is okay if you want to lose weight but not to maintain. Again, generally speaking, that is just about what our bodies need just to run everything like breathing, thinking, digesting, keeping body temperature, etc without movement. Good luck with the maintaining, it is not unusual to lose a little more when you reach goal as it can take a little time just to adjust the calorie intake and most of us seem a little reluctant to let go of the weight loss nutrition plan for fear of gaining again.
If you go to My Nutrition and put in your new goals Sparks will give you a new calorie allowance and even a food plan. Take care.

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5/2/09 8:51 P

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I weigh 107 pounds. At my current activity level, I eat 2200 to 2500 calories a day to maintain. Granted, I'm very active. But even when I'm INACTIVE, I still find that I need 1600 to 1700 calories to maintain. WAY more than 10 times my body weight. Heck, 1070 is SIGNIFICANTLY less than my weight loss range (1500 to 1800 calories, at which I was losing almost 2 pounds a week).

Why not let Spark run your BMR equations (or run them yourself) to figure out how many calories your estimated intake should be (with and without exercise)? Sure, you may find that you have to tweak this number a bit one way or another, but I'd guess it's a much more accurate formula than 10 times your weight.

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5/2/09 7:38 P

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Everybody's different. It might be exactly what you need and it might be totally wrong.

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5/2/09 7:24 P

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Wow, I have not heard of that. That would mean approx. 1350 calories a day for me. Spark recommends 2000-2300 for me at maintenance. There is no way I could do 1300.

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LESLEYTUBBS's Photo LESLEYTUBBS Posts: 881
5/2/09 6:39 P

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Know I haven't I up my calories on days I'm doing lots of activity over 1 hour and if less than that I stay at 1200 or very close to it.

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5/2/09 6:37 P

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Hi, I'm Linda and I'm joined this team because I'm getting fairly close to goal (15 more lbs!)
I'm trying to prepare myself for maintaining the weight when I get to goal. This is not my first time to lose a large amount of weight, but I want it to be the last!!
I read somewhere that 10 x your weight = the number of calories you need daily to maintain. In other words 10 x 140 lbs = 1,400 calories a day to maintain.
Has anyone else heard that?

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