Start Weight:(26 Jun 12) 325.0 lb
Current Weight:(29 Jan 15) 202.0 lb
Goal Weight:200.0 lb
following: MIT Carson Chow
performance: gaining 3.9 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 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! 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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Updated IIFYM Protein Calculations
Email exchange with the If It Fits Your Macros site today:

Hi guys. Did you reduce your default protein recommendation or did I find a bug on the site. I have consistently been recommended 1 gram per pound of body weight and now it is lower... Did you find something through research that showed 1 gram to be too much? Thanks, Bill

The calculator has always been at .8 but we had a glitch where it jumped to 1 gram.. We fixed it when we noticed it, however you might have started our calculator right when things were messed up.

The research has been pretty clear for the last 15 years or so..
.7- 1 grams per lb of lean mass is enough protein.
so .8 of total mass is plenty.
posted 30 Jan 2015, 16:39
Before and After, anyone?
Very nice, Snezica!
posted 15 Jan 2015, 22:33
Yes, I use an app called Fitmess.us to automatically send my Fitbit calorie burn to FatSecret. It works great. That's all it does at this point, but it's enough. I have used it for months and I highly recommend it.
posted 12 Jan 2015, 21:53
why does resting has an exercise value?
Jim is right, but to answer your basic question, yes, you do burn a significant number of your daily calories just by being alive. That's your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). The number will vary based on your age, weight, height, and gender. I find the FatSecret estimates for that number to be pretty accurate.
posted 09 Jan 2015, 10:56
Protein Cartb and Fat ratio
Great info from Chad as always. However, I have had success using the IIFYM calculator (you can Google it). Some think it is a bit heavy on the protein recommendation, but you can play with it and try different settings for a while and see how they affect you. I choose my own calorie total, but attempt to hit the recommended protein, fat, and fiber numbers each day. Good luck!
posted 02 Jan 2015, 11:50
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30 January 2015

Woke at 204.4, ate 1150 calories at work, and got 204.2 walking in the door pre-dinner. That is .6 lighter than yesterday, when 65 minutes of HIIT res ...
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30 January 2015

Morning weigh in of 204.4. Will target 2160 calories today. Out for dinner tonight so will have to watch the sodium.
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