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DeeChick

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 17:55
Ok, so I'm aiming to lose 1-2 pounds a week, and I've been allocated 1600 cals.
Am I supposed to eat 500 less than the 1600 (ie 1100) in order to lose 1-2pounds/week or is 1600 cals what I should be aiming to eat??
I've over-thought it and driven myself crazy.
You'd never believe I'm not even a new member....
Sorry for asking a stupid question, but I need piece of mind please.
Thank you!
csandoval840...

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 17:59
I had the same question and the RDI ( I think thats what FC calls it) is already subtracting what is needed to loose 1-2 lbs as long as you have your updated weight and height on it.

**Note: on your diet calender once you go into the date on the bottom is the rdi and to the right is a button that says RDI click on it and check your stats. Everytime you loose weight like once a week i would go into it again and make sure its updated.
Sunshine99

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:04
I thought that the 1600 was what you needed to achieve your weight loss. Mine says 1700 for a moderate loss. I'd like to lose a little quicker than that, so I'm trying to achieve a daily "deficit" of 1000 calories. I'm eating about 1500 calories a day, but 3 days a week I really amp up the exercise to get more of a deficit.

They keep telling us not to go below 1200 calories (intake) a day, because our bodies will go into starvation mode.

Good luck!
DeeChick

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:15
Thanks for the replies - I can stop panicking now Smile
I had a feeling(what you both wrote) was the case but its great to get confirmation on it.
Thanks again and good luck to you too Smile
lain1k

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:15
I have not clue about that myself. It told me I needed 3100 calories with 1lb a week (500 deficit) selected. I assumed that was BEFORE the removing the 500 calories. But that wouldn't make much sense to tell people what they should do to maintain their weight when they've selected weight loss. 3100 is a lot of calories, even taking into consideration Im 6'.5", 230lb 25 year old male. I decided to forgo FatSecret's RDI and get a online consensus. Most sites told me to maintain my current weight I would need 2800 calories. So I eat 2300 now.
Never give up, never settle, and always do your best! I refuse to be anything but the best I can be.
DeeChick

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:30
lain1k wrote:
I decided to forgo FatSecret's RDI and get a online consensus. Most sites told me to maintain my current weight I would need 2800 calories. So I eat 2300 now.


WOAH! That's a massive difference! Maybe I SHOULD be eating less...Confused
lain1k

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:41
Try http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-calculator/nu00598 its Mayo Clinic's calorie calculator (google Daily Calorie Calculator and use several from reputable sites). The thing that sucks is if you eat too much you gain weight, if you eat too little you won't lose weight and you'll suffer. Don't panic. It may suck at first getting everything down but it will pay off.
Never give up, never settle, and always do your best! I refuse to be anything but the best I can be.
csandoval840...

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:52
OK, so now i'm confused b/c it is quite a difference between mayo clinic and this. So now what?
DeeChick

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:54
Thanks for the link Iain1k - I just used the calculator and it came up with 2150 cals to maintain my current weight. So minus a 500 cal deficit equals 1650 cals - and FS recommend 1600 cals for a moderate 1-2 pound loss/week - almost spot on!
Yours, however does not sound right? I'm a 5ft5 active (most days lol) female and my recommended calorie intake does not seem too far off yours even tho you're male and a foot taller...doesn't seem right you should be eating so little but then hey, what do I know?
k8yk

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:56
I think Web MD has the best calculator. But remember, they are all estimates.

I put in "maintain my current weight" and "sedentary". Then I subtract 500 cal to lose 1 pound a week (1000 for 2 pounds when I was heavier, now it's not enough calories. Don't go under 1200.) And I think of exercise as Bonus calories- though I do usually eat 100-200 more calories on days I go to the gym than days I don't.

It's trial and error. Remember, it's different for everyone. Try one thing for a month. If it doesn't work, change it Smile

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lain1k

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 18:57
@csandoval8403 - Thats the problem a lot of people are facing. I don't think FS's RDI is very clear and I want to know what formula they are using. Because I did prior research about what my expected calorie intake was I was shocked to see 3100 for me. If you are following FS's and you are losing, not feeling hungry(or stuffed), and finding it easy than keep doing it. If not try Mayo Clinic's. If you don't feel starved or hungry and you are losing weight than that might be more appropriate for you. Might take a couple of weeks to find out whats the best fit for you. BTW I'm no expert at this, I'm in the same boat as you guys and this is just my perspective and point of view. Take it as that.
Never give up, never settle, and always do your best! I refuse to be anything but the best I can be.
csandoval840...

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 19:04
oh wow with the web md there's like a 900 calorie difference and 500 with mayoclinic. I guess i can just do what i'm doing for about 2 weeks see what happens if not change to mayo and then web md if that doesn't work. Thanx guys. By the way K8YK i seen your pictures and it is absolutely amazing what you have accomplished. To be honest with you I got so much more motivation when I seen what you were able to due! Again thanx guys!
lain1k

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 19:07
@k8yk Thanks for the link, that was similar to FS's guess. My calorie intake falls between the 1lb to 2lb range (1.5lbs?). Still curious if I fall under light or moderate for the activity level. Thanks again.
Never give up, never settle, and always do your best! I refuse to be anything but the best I can be.
DeeChick

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 19:13
Web md recommends 300 cals less than FS and mayo clinic :-S ie I should be having 1300, not 1600. That seems low, I mean for the stage I am at - I expect to be at around that figure once I'm closer to goal.
Right, I am going to have to keep an eye on things I think.
csandoval840...

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 19:16
yea for md mine said 1280something and to me that sounds a little low i'm 259 right now and 5'4 and i always thought 1200 was like for healthy people.
DeeChick

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 19:18
LOL now I'm even more confused than I was to begin with...
csandoval840...

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 19:38
yea i wasn't but i so am now!!lol
Xana24

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 20:26
Interesting... webmd says I need 1200 calories to lose 2lbs a week. FS says 1700 calories to lose 2lbs a week. Well, I set myself at a 1300 calorie pace and so far I lost 5.5lbs in 1 week. Just partial working out (walked 3 days this week).
k8yk

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 20:31
If you are doing something that's working, don't change it based on a calculator. Here's what works for me personally:

@287, 2000 cal/day + 4 days a week @ gym
@189, 1500 cal/day + 5-6 days at gym
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pault

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Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 20:31
the key is fine what makes you feel the least hungry, im having problems with trial foods, so to stay on 1700 that may be way to much, however you may hit 1200 with higher protein food and more of them and not feel hungry , give it a try .



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