Skeptical about fatsecret.

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Posted: 19 Feb 2010, 05:04
I just started today and honestly I'm skeptical about losing a pound a day sitting on my ass 24/7 especially with an intake of 2400 calories a day.

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Posted: 19 Feb 2010, 05:11
Depends on whether you add sports to that or not... Entering the food and the excercise/activities will help you see whether you are burning more than eating, which will that will make you lose weight. I found it helpful. But if you have a sitting-job, maybe you entered the wrong information at the activity-level and therefore got the recommended calories.
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Posted: 19 Feb 2010, 05:15
Welcome to fatsecret...

At your weight with a sedentary life stile and an intake of 2400 calories I would assume your weight to be roughly staying the same.

Fatsecret can only "estimate" your BMR (basic metabolic rate, the amount of calories your body burns to merely stay alive). When it comes to judging the amount of calories burnt for "exercise" I feel fatsecret does set values to high..

Use fatsecret to track your weight and food intake as exact as possible. This allows you to find what's working for you.

Burning 3500 calories (i.e. taking in 3500 calories less than your body needs) should make you loose one pound.


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Posted: 19 Feb 2010, 10:58
The number will be different for everyone. It totally depends on your muscle composition, your metabolism, etc. I think the numbers they have on here are high- especially the more overweight you are.

If you want to lose weight without exercising, you can. But it would be better to exercise as well. Take any caloric intake that is recommended to you as an estimate. You will have to do some trial and error to find what really works and you'll need to give your diet about a month before you can determine if it is working. But for a frame of reference: I lost about 2 pounds a week when I was 287 pounds by eating 2000 calories a day and going to the gym 3 days a week. Now I'm losing about 2 pounds a week by eating around 1350 calories a day and going to the gym 5 days a week.

Regardless of what you read, NEVER go below 1200 calories for any reason.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2010, 02:24
i think a pound a day is unrealistic for anyone, save if you lose water weight which will only work for a few pounds/few days and then you'll be dehydrated anyway ...

if you take in 3500 calories less than what you use over the course of a week you will lose a pound/wk ... minus 7000/wk 2 pounds ... so you have to break that up as to how much you need to subtract per day from what you use.

i can't exercise at all really, and i am losing using this equation Smile

please forgive typos & lack of caps ... my hands are disabled

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Posted: 21 Feb 2010, 08:18
Btw, the FatSecret RDI calculator asks how many pounds you wanna lose A WEEK, not a day. 2400 calories a day would be for a one pound a week loss.

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Posted: 21 Feb 2010, 11:01
i think if you just watch ur intake of foods and eat healthy and not over eat...u will lose whether u excercise regulary or not..the only reason i say this is bc i havent had an excerise regimen since i started as have handicaps and on meds...but drinking much h2o and getting out to shop and shoveling snow from time to time is about all the excercise ive done..but i have still manged to lose 15 in 4 just keep track of ur intake..and drink plenty of fluids, namely water..nonsweetened drinks and i think ull be just fine..excercise for sure if you are that cant hurt ...but if you cant..then just be sure to not over due the food ....good luck
now that i have been and will be seeing docs regularly , i intend to weigh in at each visit only..that way i dont obssess at home about anything...thats a downfall for keep ya posted as i go along o.0

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Posted: 21 Feb 2010, 11:17
A source explaining burning of calories. Not sure of accuracy though:

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Posted: 21 Feb 2010, 15:45
A pound a day? I have trouble losing a pound a WEEK! Are you adding in exercise?


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Posted: 14 Mar 2010, 01:12
Yeah I read it wrong when I made this post. I thought it said one pound a day and instead they meant one pound a week.

I chose the not active option because I don't wanna rely on any one thing to help me lose weight. I think changing your eating habit is most important. Need to make sure you can do that before adding new things that you may end up giving up on.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2010, 05:27
congratulations on your weightloss - you found an RDI that works for you! I too am skeptical about the RDI they recommended for me and so I tend to stick to about 80% of if. So far it is working!! Smile

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Posted: 14 Mar 2010, 05:52
congrats on what you've done so far! this site is good for many things beside the diets themselves, it's really helpful to have people to help when you have questions or when things aren't going well, i've gotten great advice from people here, some i've taken and some not. it really depends on the individual and your lifestyle and what you can live with. for me, i need something i can do for the rest of my life without feeling totally deprived, that's the only way it will work forever for me. here's a little tip i've learned along the way....take whatever your desired weight is, say you want to be 190, then multiply that number times 10 and that gives you the amount of daily calories you can consume to reach that weight and maintain at that. so for a desired wt. of 190, you could consume 1900cal. per day. that has helped me a time or two. welcome to the site, and oh by the way, when i read your bio, you sound just like my son. i always tell people is you don't want to know how he feels....don't ask, he is brutally honest at times.(lol) good luck!
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Posted: 14 Mar 2010, 06:09
Thanks for the encourgement and i will keep your tip in mind, thanks

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