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Posted: 19 Nov 2013, 03:04
I am really curious as to how NET calories work on FatSecret. I a trying to understand but I am feeling a little stumped since FatSecret includes rest, sleeping etc. as daily activities and other sites don't include that.

If I wish to lose weight are my net calories suppose to be in the negative? If yes them how much into the negative is safe (for healthy weight loss) per day?


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Posted: 19 Nov 2013, 10:21
Maybe this will help, tho I am not quite sure of your question:
Net Cals (or KCals) shows the number of calories you took in (eating, drinking) less the number of calories you lost in various non-eating activities (Sleeping, walking, various exercises). To lose one pound you must expend 3500 net KCals. Usually folks here try to expend 500 KCals more that the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake). The result is a one pound per week weight loss (+ or -). To get your RDI go to My Fat Secret, My Diet and select the RDI page. The secret is total honesty in entering items in your food and exercise calendar.
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Posted: 20 Nov 2013, 02:22
Sorry, I realize my question isn't really well phrased. After I have added in my daily intake and expenditure, under the exercise icon there is a NET kcal value.

This is the number I am referring to. Is this suppose to be in the negative and how far into the negative is healthy?

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Posted: 21 Nov 2013, 10:32
The net (kcal) refers to your caloric intake(what you've eaten)minus your caloric expenditure (what you've used). Let's say you ate 1644kcals in a day, you did nothing but rest/sleep in that 24hrs, so you expended 2036kcals. Your net kcals would be -392. It takes on average -3200kcals to lose a pound of weight.
If Net is positive (Intake is greater than Burn) you have a calorie surplus, which leads to weight gain.

If Net is negative (Intake is less than Burn) you have a calorie deficit, which leads to weight loss.

If Net is zero (Intake is the same as Burn) you have a calorie balance, which leads to weight maintenance.

There are a lot of discussions on what is acceptable for net kcals. In a normal healthy adult the goal would be to lose a pound or two a week. That would equal to 500 to 1000 negative netcals a day.
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Posted: 22 Nov 2013, 02:47
Thank you Mjgh06! Smile

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