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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 13:56
I am new to these and am a little confused on how the rdi relates to the calories burned can someone enlighten me, please?

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 17:01
Your RDI or recommended daily intake is the maximum calories you should eat per day to meet your weight goals. Yours looks a little high. You may have your RDI set for weight gain.

Go to your food log. At the bottom of the page, it will say "set your recommended daily intake." Then check your weight, age, and how much you want to lose (1/2 lb/week or 1 lb/week). Be sure it is set for weight loss as there are weight gain options in the RDI calculator.

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Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 22:26
SO are you supposed to eat close to 100% of your daily RDI to lose weight? say my daily RDI is 3200, should I get as close as I can to that?

what about days like today when after supper I played 2.5 hours of high intense A level squash?

Im not looking to lose a lot, Im at about 8% body fat right and have pretty decent tone but I want to be chiseled out by summer.

any help would be awesome.

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Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 23:49
The advise that I usually give is to select sedentary life style to calculate RDI and track all exercise separetely. That would give you some baseline of what you burn through normal daily activities, and your squash can be accounted for too. I would only chose different life style if your job requires being very active. Also FS numbers tend to be on the higher side. If you do not need to lose weight eat more on the days you exercise.
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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 00:37
kimzie77 wrote:
SO is that 1800 calories minus my exercise ,so say my exercise is 400 calories burned can I subtract that from my 1800 ,and eat an additional 400.I rarely go over 1300 a day ,but I was just wondering for net calories.Like today I burned 400 with my exercise and had 1800 calories ,so that means I am at 1400 right??

Actually, the exercise you do will be added to your RDI. So, if you are marked as sedentary and you exercise worth 400 calories, your RDI would be 1800+400. This equals 2200.

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 11:56
Short answer: YES.

Long answer: It depends on how accurate your "activity level" report is. Since I have high metabolic resistance I put "sedentary" even though I am quite active. Then I enter in all of my exercise in the exercise diary, even how long I stand, sit, walk slowly, do housework, etc. on average every day. I add in my actual exercise too. I find that in order to lose weight I need a deficit (calories out minus calories in) of over 1600 calories if everything is taken into consideration. I think the RDI is a good "maximum" but I can only maintain on my RDI calculated by FS. To lose weight I need to eat less than 1600 calories, but FS says 2000. I think what you eat also makes a difference.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 14:21
I talked to my doctor because my RDI I thought was set too high...I am 5foot 2inches and 231 lbs. It says I should have 2100 for my RDI. My doctor says if I want to lose 1 lb a week I should eat 1500 and 1200 for 2 lbs a week.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 15:48
I checked the American Heart Association's website. A pound is 3,500 calories, so if I want to lose a pound a week, I need to cut 500 calories a day from my diet (500 x 7 days = 3,500 calories). So I calculated my FS RDI to maintain my weight and it came to 2,600 ... then I selected "lose a pound a week", and sure enough it dropped to 2,100 (500 calories less a day). I want to lose 2 pounds a week, so I'm dropping my RDI to 1,600 calories. Once I increase my activity level, I'll recalculate my RDI using a higher activity level as I will then be burning more calories a day than I am now.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 22:07
For a technical explanation of how your RDI is calculated based on your Total Daily Energy Expenditure, check out the topic 'How is Your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) Determined?' in the 'Moderation Motivation' Group Forum.
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Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 10:17
I'm pretty sure mine is wrong. I have been pretty faithful sticking to it and am not really seeing the results.

I actually chose low sedentary when in fact I go to the gym every single day for about an hour.

I'm 5'8 180lbs 50 year old male and it says 1900.

All that being said i think tracking your calories is a great idea. It does show you what you are doing wrong. My weight was steadily going on up with no end in site but at least since I have tried sticking to the 1900 calories it has at least stabilized and gone done a bit.

I think I really need to go to 1800 calories to see weight loss. I guess the only other possibility is that I am under-estimating quantities...

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