Start Weight:(02 Oct 13) 190.0 lb
Current Weight:(19 Apr 14) 181.8 lb
Goal Weight:180.0 lb
following: zebdavison's own diet
performance: losing 2.6 lb a week

I'm a software engineer who works from home (nice, eh?), with a wife of 20+ years and two daughters (tween and pre-tween, as she likes to say).

FatSecret member since: 02 Oct 13

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How Often Do you weigh yourself?
StephiCat wrote:
...got to crow. A1C went down ...

Awesome! Congratulations!

Sounds like you're using the best approach for you. Nice thing about the tape measure for me is that it fluctuates a lot less than the scale.
posted 12 Mar 2014, 17:47
accurate excercise logging/calorie burning tool please
Maybe your body is too efficient, Lisa! Smile

I'm not sure how much faith I'd put in any exercise calculator that didn't keep track of your CICO over time, and adjust the numbers for that. I don't think FS's does that, from what I've seen. (Maybe it does, and it's just not good?)

I've figured out a way to make it work for me, but if I had a good monitor, I'd probably go that way. We got my wife a Fitbit Force for Christmas, and it's working okay. Again, I'm not sure how accurate it is on calories burned, but it's probably better and more reliable than the FS ex-calc. And much easier than manually entering it!
posted 11 Mar 2014, 10:40
accurate excercise logging/calorie burning tool please
Whether FS exercise logging is too generous, or the BMR calculation it uses is too high for you, or you are inaccurate in timing your exercise, or you don't measure your food intake precisely, or you forget to enter food or exercise... the key is consistency. If you are consistent with how you enter food, exercise, and weight, you will see consistent results in the calorie burn calculation. If you do that, you can then calculate how far off FS CICO really is for you, and it's pretty simple to adjust your intake and exercise accordingly.

For example, I went back over about 3 months of my FS CICO data (I did have to copy it to a spreadsheet) where my starting and ending weight was the same (to simplify the calculation). I discovered that my daily FS CICO was about 300 calories higher than reality.

Of course, an activity monitor is a lot easier! Very Happy But, you still have to deal with accuracy issues - even good devices have to be tuned to your body to get accurate numbers.
posted 10 Mar 2014, 10:35
Sorry for the late response - there are all kinds of theories on what your percentages should be. You'll need to read up on that and make your own decision. The traditional numbers are usually stated as 25/50/25 (F/C/P). Go to IIFYM.com - stands for "If It Fits Your Macros" - and use the IIFYM calculator, which allows you to calculate your TDEE and then play around with several of the more popular plans (including IIFYM, Atkins, LC, LF, etc.) to give you the macro targets for each.
posted 03 Mar 2014, 11:48
How accurate is the RDI that Fatsecret gives you?
The key with any of these RDI tools is that they are designed for population norms - and, even if you are normal, you're unique! So you'll need to tweak the tools to work for you. I tracked calories in and out for a couple months to find my maintenance RDI (actually, I just hadn't lost any weight for a while Very Happy, and because I had been tracking CICO, it was easy to find my maintenance number).

My maintenance RDI is around 200 kCal lower than what FS has me at, but when I change to "gradual weight loss", the FS number is much closer (I keep my RDI on the maint number because... well, that's what I do). To lose fat but keep muscle, I've been targeting 2400 kCal RDI. FYI, I'm 48yo, male, 6'2", 185#, and "low active" (my desk job keeps me on my butt for many hours of the day).

Bottom line, take what FS gives you, then tweak it as your results indicate. Don't go too low too soon - unless you don't mind losing muscle. My big regret is that I lost 10# of muscle in order to lose 15# of fat.
posted 03 Mar 2014, 11:27
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19 April 2014

Yesterday, quite frankly, I didn't eat enough. I didn't come close to hitting my fat target, I was under my minimum protein, and I was less than half ...
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18 April 2014

I had a surplus, way too many carbs, and too much fat. However, I was close on my protein... Not necessarily a good day yesterday, but I lost a little ...
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