Does anyone else find the fixed RDI annoying?

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startrekker

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 14:42
Does anyone else find the fixed RDI annoying? I’ve reset my RDI to 1450 p.d. but my activity levels vary a lot. Naturally, I increase my calorie intake accordingly when I’m having a really active day. But then it gets sort of penalised with a big nasty red +100% Confused And if I increase my daily allowance to suit that then, on other less active days, it looks like I’m dropping way short of what I should be eating, percentage-wise. Of course, for me, eating healthily is more to do with the *type* of calories than just the numbers, but it's a bit frustrating nevertheless. How do other people cope with this? Any solutionsQuestion
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jad59

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 21:08
I have a problem with that too. I don't always eat more on active days. Should I? Seems like I would lose more if I didn't, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
thinner120

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 21:13
Yes it is annoying. I just try to ignore it.
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Itzjstjeff

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Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 00:04
Create your own RDI!



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startrekker

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Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 04:57
Thank you for the input, guys.

*ltzjstjeff*, I have created my own RDI already; like I said, I've set it to 1450. That isn't the issue though. It's the daily variations that are the problem.

*jad59*, yes, I do try to eat more on very active days but then I'm not talking about being just a little more active. Quite often, after doing an hour's run in the morning, I also do several hours of really heavy physical labour, as we're renovating a house just now. (By "heavy labour", I mean like shifting 73 concrete slabs, building a large sandstone rockery on my own, or painting and decorating high ceilings and cornices for 7 hours on end, etc.) While I might appear to lose more pounds if I didn't increase my calories on those days (especially the protein), actually it would probably be muscle loss, rather than just fat. And, as we all know, the muscle helps burn the fat and keep the weight off long term.

I guess I'll have to go with your approach *thinner 120* and just ignore the fact that it looks like I'm overeating on certain days. I suppose it's just one of the limitations of FS daily logging but it's definitely more than balanced out by the positives. And as long as I know what I'm doing, it doesn't really matter how it looks.

Still hate the red though Doubt So any further suggestions or solutions would be much appreciated!
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erika2633

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Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 15:38
Just don't worry about the red RDI warning when you go "over RDI" - just look at your overall diet calendar, and it will either give you the green arrow down (meaning you burned more than you ate) or a red arrow up (meaning you ate more than you burned)..


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startrekker

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Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 16:34
Thank you, Erica -- that's genuinely helpful. My arrows are always down and green. Sooo much more encouraging than the big bad red wash!
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FullaBella

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Posted: 23 Sep 2013, 06:36
I found relying on the math frustrating period; I would have a 20k deficit but lose 1 lb? So when I was recording I sat my RDI 500 cal over (because that red bothered me too). The diary is a good tool for getting familiar with caloric density and understanding nutrition but wasn't a guarantee for consistent weight loss based on the numbers only.


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