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kimzie77

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 22:49
Does anyone on here think that the RDI is wrong ,it takes into account weight,height, age and activity level and how much I wanna lose each week (1lb a week is the largest option though I wanna lose 2 a week)but it tells me my RDI is 2000 calories to lose 1lb a week that seems like an awful lot (161 is my weight I am 5ft 4 inches tall)I just dont see how id lose weight on 2000 calories...I do around 1200 to 1500 a day and I am losing steady ,just wondering if anyone else thought the RDI was high for them .I have check other online RDI calculators and most of them tell me 1500 a day
Kimberly
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cmskinny

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 22:59
Have you reset your RDI in fat secret since you have lost weight? I have noticed that as I lose weight that the mets (cals burned) decreases as they are suppose to, but your RDI doesn't change unless you reset it.
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princess_33_...

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 23:18
I agree. My numbers are awfully high. I used several other calulators to determine my RDI between 1400 and 1600. This site tells me 2200. Other calculators all say 2200 is my "maintanence" intake.
BlueEyedMomo...

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 23:28
Mine is supposed to be about 1900 (no way can I eat that much now I've found now though lol) but I use the iPhone app to enter all my info and it lets me change my RDI to whatever I want. I have it set to 1800 but I usually only have between 1200 and 1400, and between that and Zumba I have been losing about 2.5 the last 2 weeks. I am about to weigh in agian this morning so I'll know this weeks number soon.
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jlmh67456

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 23:32
i dunno - probably everyone is differnt. this is my first day "here" but my RDI is 1500. there is not a doubt in my mind if i keep to that and pick up any exercise (i do nothing now) i will drop quickly. i probably eat twice that amount right now and maintain, and i quit smoking 5 months ago and haven't gained any weight. i do know, your brain will reach that setpoint that it believes you are going to starve and it slows your metabolism down. trick is....to keep your brain tricked....i know what used to work for me 10 years ago, but have no idea now. i suppose the quality of those calories also counts for a lot........i'd just keep doing what your doing but stay healthy! you're doing GREAT!
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KK89

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 23:40
i find these posts to be very helpful! I did not know that your RDI does not change on its own. My RDI was 2200 when i was 189lbs now that im 149 it is 1500.
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Stephanie010

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 23:46
I'm 170 and 5'4 and it says my RDI is 2200 to lose a pound a week. That seems like sooo much to me! The most I've eaten since I started this was 1700 and that was a day I cheated..ha! I've been eating around 1100-1300 a day (1400 is my actual RDI to lose 2pounds a week) and working out 1-2 hours 6 days a week. I actually GAINED 2 pounds! And then lost them.. leaving me right back at my starting weight. I dont know whats up with that though. Anyone else have that problem??
kimzie77

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Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 00:28
Well I have adjusted my weight it tells me 1800 calories for RDI for losing 1 lb a day ,still seems high to me ,but I went to mayo clinics RDI calculator and it told me 2000 a day for maintenance so i guess it is close
Kimberly
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kingkeld

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Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 00:42
Kimzie, when I signed up with FatSecret, I was told to eat 3000 calories per day! In hindsight, I think they were actually right. I was a HUGE guy, and just by sitting lazily all day I would burn almost 4500 calories.
I was impatient, though, and immediately cut it down to 2500, and rarely ate that much. I was losing weight INCREDIBLY fast! I think 1800 sounds like a pretty fair amount, you're just about the same weight as my wife, and she is on the same 1800 calorie intake. Go with it, but remember to go and recalculate now and then. As you lose weight your RDI will get lower. Yes. That kinda sucks. Smile

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kimzie77

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Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 03:38
SO is that 1800 calories minus my exercise ,so say my exercise is 400 calories burned can I subtract that from my 1800 ,and eat an additional 400.I rarely go over 1300 a day ,but I was just wondering for net calories.Like today I burned 400 with my exercise and had 1800 calories ,so that means I am at 1400 right??
Kimberly
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princess_33_...

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 04:23
right.
rohmancandle

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 08:07
Echo everything King said. Also keep in mind that the exercise is also helping you grow muscle which ultimately helps you burn even more calories. I'm not going to open the can of worms of "how much" because its a hotly debated topic. Concentrate on the additional benefits of toning your body which prevents the loss of lean body mass, improved strength and coordination which can help prevent injury.

Also as you lose more weight and if you feel like pushing yourself a bit more on the exercise department don't be afraid of the carbs after your workout. I see you're watching carb intake and getting results which is awesome. Just pay attention to what your body is telling you and if you don't "feel good" after a workout go back over what you're eating and make sure you're not setting your body up for failure.

Sorry...topic derail. I drank coffee this morning hehe.

Yeah. RDI for someone your weight to continue to lose...looks in the ballpark to me.
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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 08:24
I think the only way to know for sure is to go with it for 2-3 weeks, then adjust as necessary. I've tooled with mine on a regular basis and still generally have no idea if I'm eating where I should or not. Like this whole month, I've run deficits (except two days where I didn't track because I didn't want to count a splurge meal). Weight loss for the month: nothing, despite the fact that I've been eating a what I think is a pretty reasonable level of cals. It's not an exact science, by any means, and once you think you have things figured out, it can throw you for a loop.

One thing to keep in mind- all the RDI, BMR, calorie estimators under the sun are based on averages for your age, sex, weight, activity level and even percentage body fat. Since real life variation tends to be centered around the mean (think bell curve), those numbers will be close for a lot of people. However, there are always those people whose metabolism puts them way above or below the average. Unless you've actually had testing done or have a body media fit or some other mechanism to check, you'll just have to guess where your body fits based on how it responds to different calorie levels. A good startng point is to assume that you're average and take it from there.
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elizabethkk7...

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 08:33
My RDI is 2100 - I think it's way too high. I'm still new to this and haven't had any weight loss yet, so I guess I will figure it out as time goes on.
KK89

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 10:50
when i first started my journey i did not keep track of calories at all.. instead i used the FS app to see how much i was eating. Then when i knew how much i was eating i drop my cals to 2000 a day. after losing 30lbs my RDI was adjusted to 1500 a day.

Dont worry about how many calories you are eating to start with as long as you are eating the right calories =)
Keisha


The Difference between WANT and NEED is self control.
Its not about the food I cannot have, Its about the body I will not have if I eat that food.
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MacSassy98

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 11:41
I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one that thought the RDI was too high. The program put me at 2200 a day. I thought I wouldn't eat that much, but as I started using the app I found there were some days I did go over the 2200. Thus my weight problem!! That's why I created this challenge. I wanted to eat correctly - such as the suggestion to eat at least 3 fruits a day - and remain at least 85% of my RDI. At 2200; 85% will be 1870 - so that's my goal. I have been trying to maintain that now..but not always succeeding. Hopefully, by next week I'll have my eating under control.
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Joshsteeny

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 12:21
Two quick things:
1- you need to eat enough to keep your metabolism up. If you don't eat enough your body will compensate by slowing your metabloism down and then you won't lose weight. YOu might find you lose MORE when you eat more because your metabolising faster-building muscle also speeds up your metabolism.

2- As others have said RDI is "recommended"...it isn't going to work for everyone. I would start at your RDI and if you don't see any results after a couple of weeks...take it down 200 calories a day.
MacSassy98

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 12:23
I just recalculated my RDI; now for the challenge I will be doing 85% from 2100. That makes it 1785.
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Joshsteeny

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 12:53
I just went to this website and put in everything I did in a day including sleeping, cleaning, even hairstyling lol...everything. It keeps a running total so you can see what you burn in an average day...Gave me an interesting perspective....

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php

greerp

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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 13:54
Go to the bodybuilding.com forums. There are three formulas for calculating your RDI. Some of the forumlas are more accurate than others depending upon how much weight you have to lose.



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