RDI--shoot for reaching it or not?

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fishergirl31...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:01
Questions for anyone out there--

My RDI is 1700 (self-set, FS told me a little over 1900 and that is way too much). Burned 543 calories working out today. Have eaten 1153 and feel very satisfied--not hungry at all.

Most days, I am under my RDI--more like 1200-1400.

If I work out daily, do I need to be making sure I am closer to my RDI, even though I am not hungry?

I have heard that not eating enough can shut-down your weight-loss, is this even true?

I would really appreciate any feedback people may have on this.

Thanks in advance.
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Danyellehawk...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:30
This idea has come up a few times and I have wondered it myself. In my personal opinion I shoot for a bear minimum of 1200 and try to reach my RDI each day. I want my body to know that food is always available and we (my body and I ) will not starve. I want my body to know it doesn't need to hold on for dear life to the fat that I have for some unforeseeable rainy day in the future. I think if you feed your body, it feels safe and will work harder for you to achieve your goals. This is just my opinion. Good luck with everything !!
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mummydee

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:32
I find this calculater much more realistic.......http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html
Janie52

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:39
FS set my RDI at about 400 more than anywhere else, so although I continue to use it, I have to remember to take that 400 off my net calories each day. I do try to get to the lower RDI, but it is quite difficult some days, as Atkins seems to keep me very full.

Mummydee's calculator gives me the lower (correct?) RDI number.
fishergirl31...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:41
Thank you, Danyellehawkins and mummydee. I appreciate you taking the time to write a response.

Hawkins--the starve-mode you mention is exactly what I was thinking... I don't want to give my body a reason hold on to all my fat for no reason.

mummydee--thanks for the reference, going there right now to see if this tool gives me a better idea of my caloric needs.
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fishergirl31...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:43
Janie52--thanks--good to know other people have the same dilemma. I am doing a low carb diet and eat a TON of fiber, so I am full all the time, it seems.
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northernmusi...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 18:43
It takes quite a bit of work to actually damage your metabolic rate (stop losing weight from 'starvation mode'Wink. I prefer to use the BMR/TDEE calculator on iifym.com BMR is your basic metabolic rate. It normally stays pretty static. The idea is that staying above your BMR ensure that system functions are met. It may or may not spare muscle if you're doing heavy lifting, but BMR while I was cutting weight was a better idea of what I needed to be sure to maintain over a long weight loss diet. TDEE is your total daily energy expenditure. When you exercise, it is this number that pushes higher. That means that you can maintain your BMR where it needs to be, but your weight loss will increase because of the extra calories you've burned from exercise. I find FS calculation of calories burned very high. RDI may fall anywhere inside that range. I tried to cut to within 100 calories of my BMR. My BMR was 1600 so I set my RDI at 1700 or 100 to get my fat losses.
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fishergirl31...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 19:14
Very cool tools on that website...mine calculated at a BMR of 1795.

So maybe I do need to be eating more...maybe using more foods that are healthy but still are high calorie wise. I am only eating 1200-1500, plus burning 500 cals a day, and I am still have a ton of body fat. Maybe this is why.
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