Question about the "net" cal amt in Diet Calendar

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amexnikki23

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Posted: 17 May 2010, 13:42
Hi. Just started today. Dieting, joining this site, recording my daily recording, etc., exercising, all that fun stuff. My question is this: on the Diet Calendar, it shows a "net" amount of calories. I surmise this this is the amount of calories I've eaten today subtracted by my overall amount of calories allowed. Where I am confused I where this amount came from. I only want to intake about 1600 calories per day, and it's showing 1198 left even after I've eaten over 1000 already today!
Now, where it says "exercise" does this mean all energy being burned in the course of the day (ie. exercising, resting, breathing, etc.)? If so, I am confused because I thought my regular amount of calories/RDI (with energy expediture already considered) was 1600. This is now making me think I can consume twice the calories! I will never lose weight this way.
Can someone please explain this is "dumb" terms because I feel like I am missing something here. Thanks!
amexnikki23

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Posted: 17 May 2010, 13:44
corrections: first line s/b "recording my daily energy intake/expenditure; last senteance s/b "in "dumb" terms, not "is""
Bradmad

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Posted: 17 May 2010, 13:46
You burn calories by sitting and sleeping. Check out resources on "Basal Metabolic Rate". I am not sure how FS calculates the net, etc. I'm just assuming it works based on BMR and your calorie goals.
Ellie1972

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Posted: 17 May 2010, 14:26
I've been using FS since mid March and the calorie count is a bit confusing. When I entered my stats initially it told me I needed to intake way more calories than I thought I should so I adjusted it to reflect a 1450 intake of calories and as long as I don't go over that and exercise so that I'm in the neg on my diet calendar I'm good. Hope this helps ;0)
amexnikki23

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Posted: 18 May 2010, 13:55
It does help, thanks. I just wonder if there is a better way to quickly check the remaining calories allowed for the day. Like, I know this is a free app, but I just want something simple like.. this is the amount of calories you are to consume to lose weight by your goal date (ie.1600), here is the amount of calories you've consumed thus far today (ie. what i've eaten less those burned in exercise [not including the sleep and rest], and here is what you have left to eat! Is that so much to ask for?? THanx again!
Bradmad

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Posted: 18 May 2010, 13:59
The only way to really know that is to have more data. The program would need to know at LEAST 30 days previous calories and weights to be able to project what your body ACTUALLY burns/stores. I don't think it's an intelligent system.
bruce1354

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Posted: 18 May 2010, 14:18
Set your RDI where you want it, say 1450, and as you add food throughout the day your percentage graph gets filled up and shows your percentage eaten so far that day. When it reaches 100% stop eating ; ).

It doesn't give exactly the number of calories remaining to your RDI but you can see very nicely how much there is to go.
amexnikki23

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Posted: 19 May 2010, 11:12
I emailed FS and they said it's the difference between caloric intake and output, and that really doesnt answer my question either. Ive decided to do it this way. I know based on my heigh weight and activity level that I should be around 1600 calories per day. After having maintained those calories and activity for the past three days, I have ended up with a -800 in my net column, which is about what I am doing in exercise (not including the resting and sleeping), so I am just going to have a daily of goal of -800 in my net colum and I should be good to go. Whether that makes sense or not doesnt really matter, as long as I keep that net # the same every day. THANKS Smile



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