Start Weight:(26 Jun 12) 325.0 lb
Current Weight:(09 Feb 16) 210.4 lb
Goal Weight:200.0 lb
following: MIT Carson Chow
performance: gaining 3.7 lb a week

Hi. I'm Bill Pratt. Draglist is my auto racing website. I've been battling weight issues for most of my adult life. Got in great shape in the Navy but gained for 30 years after that. Lost 70 lbs. on the Cleveland Clinic diet one time and then lost 30 on Atkins one time, but the weight crept back. Got Type 2 diabetic a few years ago. Finally, read a New York Times article about Dr. Carson Chow, an MIT mathematician who figured out an algorithm that gave you an absolute daily calorie goal to lose x amount of weight in x amount of time. I plugged in 100 lbs. in a year on June 26, 2012. The calorie total per day was 1685. That's when I started with FatSecret to track those calories. I eventually adjusted the calories down to 1350-1500 per day because my body was using so many fewer calories as I got lighter. I did not make my 100 lb. goal on June 26, 2013, but I achieved it a week later on July 4. I also have been in the perfect range on blood sugar since October 2012. On my anniversary, I changed my goal weight from 225 lbs to 190 lbs. My new goal was to achieve that '19 and in the Navy' weight by Christmas 2013. I got as low as 208 twice (November and December) but overeating fun at each month's holiday set me back a bit! UPDATE! In December 2013, I purchased a Tanita Biometric Impedance Analysis scale which told me my combined muscle mass and bones alone weighed 180-182 lbs. Based on that, I adjusted my goal weight to 200 lbs. I was closer than I thought! Hit 204 in April 2014 to achieve maintenance and my "blue line" on FatSecret, and then finally hit and surpassed my goal by late June 2014 - 196 lbs! Went as low as 192 in April 2015 and I'm largely in maintenance. This site has been a life changing tool. Good luck in your journey and if you are interested to know how I did it, check out my blog at www.diettruth.org or look up the 'MIT Carson Chow' diet on FatSecret for tips and tricks. Much success!

FatSecret member since: 26 Jun 12

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  Lose 1lb per week - 12 week challenge
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currently: Week 5 of 12
end date: Monday 04 Apr 16
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Hi, everyone. So I have been working with Fitbit to provide them a detailed analysis of the issue I found and they have taken it back to their test track. Can't say what they found but they have said that for my efforts, they are sending me a brand new Surge... It's awful hard to argue with that level of support. Thanks, Fitbit!
posted 08 Feb 2016, 23:51
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Right. I've had some out there for years. Looks like a sleepy corner of the website they don't update. But it's useful to me for those recipes that I eat on occasion.
posted 08 Feb 2016, 08:19
Fitbit FAIL
Fitbit tech support has contacted me again with specific questions. I will continue to work with them to try to get to the bottom of situation. However, since I've adjusted my arm position during workouts, it has reported accurately and I'm getting much better and more effective workouts.
posted 31 Jan 2016, 13:34
Fitbit FAIL
Fitbit got back to me and recommended that I reset my Surge by pressing the left and top right buttons until the screen flickered. I did that but on my subsequent workout, I confirmed that it still misrepresented my heart rate when I swung my arms by my sides while walking. If I kept them bent at the elbows (sort of in a boxing stance), the heart rate was correct. The difference was on the order of 40 bpm or a 27 percent increase. That is quite an error and had held me back in two ways: I have not worked out hard enough and I have eaten too much as I overestimated my calorie burn. Bad show, Fitbit. I will seek a replacement.
posted 17 Jan 2016, 10:23
Fitbit FAIL
Thanks, Shmetterling and Jim. I do get that 'lost signal' thing on my Fitbit now and then but it always seems to find its way back. I wrote to them last night about a repair or replacement and I'm waiting to hear back. Thanks for sharing your findings.
posted 13 Jan 2016, 23:37
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09 February 2016

Woke at 214.4, down 1.4 from yesterday after a 1540 calorie catch up day. Ate light at work and did some good walking and came in the door at 213.4. H ...
on diet MIT Carson Chow  gaining 3.7 lb a week

09 February 2016

Woke at 214.4, down 1.4 from yesterday after a 1540 calorie catch up day. I get 1812 calories today. Will get in a workout tonight.
on diet MIT Carson Chow  

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