Does calorie count work?

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 01:12
I'm on calorie count for some time now, but can't seem to loose weight? According to my Nett (10 793)for this month, I'm suppose to be down by 1,39kg (3.07lb) but the scale tells a different story!

Can anybody advice me!

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 02:10
I can't see your diet calendar, so I can't really tell what's happening.

FatSecret overestimates your RDI, though. Try doing a couple hundred calories less per day and see what happens.

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 06:35
I count calories. Everything I eat gets logged at FS. When you know your RDI, you can subtract 500 calories from it, which should equal one pound of weight loss per week. If you add exercise, you increase the amount of weight you could lose. It's that simple and based on that plan (keeping track of caloric intake plus regular exercise), you will lose weight. If you don't or can't, maybe you should see a doctor to rule out medical issues like hypothyroidism, diabetes or metabolic syndrome. My best wishes to you.

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 09:23
Hand in hand with what Hoser said: you may be overestimating your calories burned; of all the info on here, I believe that to have the highest potential for inaccuracy. There are way too many variables to be able to take the numbers as gospel truth.

To make the info as conservative as possible, try setting your activity level to sedentary, and then your daily exercise log to reflect just sleeping and resting; do not add driving, standing, etc to your exercise log. Only intentional exercise, if you do any, should be added.

Recheck your numbers under those guidelines. When I did all that, I had fewer surprises at the scale.

Hope that works for you!

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 09:58
I just quickly looked at your diet calendar and see that your caloric intake is all over the place. Some days in the 600 to 700 range and other days up to 2200. Not sure what is up with that... Are you logging EVERYTHING? Not knowing anything about you - I would say to look carefully at the labels and measure out your foods. Try to get around 1500 calories a day. You should not be eating less than 1200 calories per day, if you want to make sure you are getting adequate vitamins, minerals, fat, protein... 2200 sounds a little on the high side - I would probably gain at that. Maybe look on another site and find your resting metabolic rate. Consider that your basic calorie needs - if you exercise then you might be able to add some calories, but caution adding too much as that will slow weight loss. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Dehydration and fluid retention will make you weigh more - as will high salt intake.

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 10:27
Eat healthy whole foods. That may help your body calm down and let go of fat. 200 calories of candy maybe not so much.

Just to answer your question. In my personal experience I can under eat and exercise and still not lose weight - even though that is supposed to be how it works. I need to watch what I eat as well. But I am older and my metabolism is slow and I am slow LOL

Good luck. Hope you have a good day

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 10:38
I'm with everyone above.
Just wanted to pitch in that calorie counting DOES work, if you are rigid about it and register EVERYTHING!
I've done it for almost a year and had amazing results.
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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 10:46
Counting Calories works for me. I try to aim for 500 cals less than FS calculates. I eat lower carb with lower calories. If i can help it i avoid bread/rice/potatoes but I do eat carrots ext.
After you have lost some weight don't forget to adjust your RDI as you go. Exercise will firm you up, what you eat will slim you down =) you can do it!

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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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 10:50
A few things to add:
1) Take measurements! Sometimes your body is changing but the scale is the last to know.
2) As mentioned above, some foods are known to be an issue with weight loss- monitor salt, alcohol, sugar and artificial sweeteners and try cutting them down if you're having problems. There are many schools of thought here but most people agree that it's not just cals- what you eat DOES matter.
3) How long is "a while"? Make sure you're giving it time to work and are not expecting dramatic results- 1-2 lbs a week is a good, healthy pace and most of us struggle to maintain that consistently. This is not an episode of the biggest loser!
4) Try a calorie calculator on another site if you're uncertain about your RDI. I really like the one on and tend to use that in place of the FS calculated RDI. You can manually enter any number for your RDI and the freedieting one has many different options you can use to hopefully make it more accurate.
5) Eating less doesn't always mean more weight loss! Eat at a deficit, but don't starve yourself. Most people observe a point of diminishing returns, where they're logging huge deficits but never see the accompanying weight loss. Agree that 500 is generally a good number to shoot for, especially if you're using diet alone. You can often go a big higher if you're including exercise.

Good luck! It can take a bit of time and tweaking to find the right formula, but if you record everything, you'll be able to look back and hopefully pick up on patterns of what does and does not work.
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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 11:06
Ditto everyone else. I never tried calorie counting before and for the 1st time in my life I do it and guess what? my weight loss so far has exceeded my expectations - in a sustainable and healthy way. So, short answer: yes calorie counting does work.

My average calorie input is c. 1300. I never go below 1200 and never go above 1500. I have at least 1 (2 when i can) physical activities (weight/cardio/bikram/swimming) a day to ensure my calorie output exceeds my calorie input.

Good luck to you!
1 kg at a time.

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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 06:27
Hi, I can't believe that you guys eat so much carbs and still lose weight!!!
What is your secret? (except excersice!!!Sad )

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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 06:30
My RDI is already 1300! I'm scared if I go to low i will allow my body to go into starvation mode.

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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 08:23
Heya, have you considered trying calorie cycling for a while? A lot of people use it to break plateaus and I've found it works for me (and I didn't really expect it to). Cycling between 1200 and 1500/1600 with the occasional jump up to 1800 or 2000 (maybe once every 2 cycles) would probably work to get things moving, but if you want something more tailored to your height/ weight this website gives you s zig zag plan . I'd suggest the fat loss column rather than the extreme fat loss as the latter is pretty low.

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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 10:38
I agree with lisakp up top, subtract a few hundred calories from fatsecrets RDI and leave your exercise at sleeping and resting, and you will get much more accurate reflection of what you burn in a day. I would also reccomend getting a heart rate monitor to track you calories burned every time you intentionally exercise ( Gym, running) that will give you very accurate results, its what i did to avoid over calculating what i was burning.

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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 10:52
It worked for me, but I echo the above. I explored other calorie calculators to determine my RDI because this one was excessively high. The closer I get to my goal weight, the closer it is to right, but at first, I subtracted almost 300 calories from what FS recommended. I also estimate my own exercise, this one estimates too high. I use thissite instead to estimate exercise. Using this method, my losses as predicted by my calorie deficit on the diet calendar are met or exceeded by my actual losses.
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