How is your RDI working for you? How did you choose it?

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radiochick

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Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 17:44
Are you using the FatSecret RDI? Is is it working?

Are you susing a different RDI? How did you pick it? Is it working?

I'm losing weight, and reshaping my body, but not as fast I'd like... so, I'm questiong my FS RDI.

My FS RDI is 2000 cals based on my 5'7", 239 pounder body, with sedentary lifestyle. I'm actually working out 7 days a week though.

3 days: 60 min intense cardio
4 days: 20 min intense strength training circuit, 30 min fast walk, 15 yoga.

I'm just following calories, trying not exceed 50 carbs at any one meal or snack, and trying to ensure 100 grams of protein a day. I could be better about my water intake.
lcleaner2b

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Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 21:44
I am following the Spike Diet which uses your BMR in its calorie calculations - also rotates daily caloric intake to keep your body guessing.
A good site to calculate calories:
http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
pdxddd

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Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 22:02
Radio chick your following my diet almost exactly good luck Fatsecret set my intake at 2000 also... watching carbs trying to stay under 100 for the day and no more then 50 at one sitting im doing a boot camp 3 days a week and tread mill and weights the rest... I just started but am feeling good.. good luck to you
radiochick

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 09:02
Thanks! Anyone else?
J-Bird

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 09:06
I changed my RDI. I was told that you set your calorie intake to 10x's your goal weight. For instance, my goal is 165, so I changed my RDI to 1650. I don't know how true that is, and I'm just getting started so...if it's a myth that someone else has heard, correct me. But that's how I chose mine.
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EmDi

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 09:09
I am setting my current RDI to 10x my halfway goal weight.. so 1400. Once I get down to 140lbs I will try to adjust to eating 1200 calories per day and get all the way down. I work out 5-10 hours per week, so I think its a healthy balance.
1tarheelfan

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 09:20
I decided to use 1800 calories. I don't know why, but I knew that the number that fatsecret recommend was far to high. It's been working for me. I will adjust that number as I lose weight.
StacieRitz

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 09:23
I actually did mine differently. At my gym they offer an actual test that tells you exactly how many calories your body need to sustain life (the number of calories you should never go below).

I had been averaging around 1500 calories (5ft and I was at 195 at the time working out 5 - 6 days a week)

The nutritionist was certain that I wasn't eating enough calories so she bumped me up to 1800. Well needless to say instead of being in a plateau, I started GAINING weight instead!

So I did the test and found out that my body only need 1045 calories!!! Grrrr (no wonder I am fat!) So now based on my daily activity I am on a 1200 - 1300 RDI (I will get this tested in a few months because by eating right (correct combination of carbs/fats/proteins I can actually train my body to want more calories.

This is what I am hoping for...I hate thinking so hard to stay at 1200!
fredmugs

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 09:47
I believe the sedentary RDI on here is close enough to accurate. When I joined it gave me a number of 2200 and that was with a body weight of 203. Now that my reported body weight is 190 that number has dropped to 2088. Under my profile it still shows up as 2200 but if you go into your exercise calendar before reporting anything for the day it will show how many calories you should burn resting and sleeping.

I actually computed this yesterday for myself. Over the 22 days since the super bowl I dropped a little over 35,000 calories. If it's true that 3500 calories = 1 pound I should have lost 10 pounds over that perdiod and it was actually more like 12 pounds.

So based on that I would say that the numbers are legit.
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CMR

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 10:06
A few websites, including Fat Secret, pegged my BMR at 2500 calories when I first started (sedentary, 34 yr old male at 279lbs.) So I set my RDI at 2,000 based on advice from my buddies on this site. Mind you I loosely follow Weight Watchers, which pegs most males at 36 points (roughly 1,800 calories the old way) and I do not have a thyroid (minus a few hundy). As a result I try to stay between 1,200 and 1,500 calories during the week and on Sundays. It’s been working well for me. I figure I lose 1½ pounds per week from diet and anything extra is from heavy callisthenics and interval training on my recumbent bike.
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Feisty174

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 11:02
Was just discussing this earlier today. FS calculated 1,800 for me, which is nuts. I recalculated at 1,500 but that's still too high. If I were to eat that much, it would have to be all the wrong stuff or have wine in the mix. And I won't lose weight on that amount of cals. Maybe it's because of the kinds of calories I eat, I don't know, but I eat as much fiber as possible so I'm just not that hungry. But I find that somewhere around 1,200 works for me. Sometimes I go lower by mistake, but I don't even realize it until I log my foods and I'm not getting hungry so I assume I'm ok. Plus, I account for the inaccuracies in the foods I'm logging since I cook my meals and have to find similar things to log rather than being able to log an exact dish. If my diet calendar shows 1,000 cals, that could easily mean I had 1,200 or more in reality.
Mmmily

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 11:29
I can't remember what FS put me at. I used "http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm" to determine my BMR and get a calorie cycling plan. My RDI is now set to 1684, but depending on the day I fluctuate my intake from 1350 - 2000 calories/day. I've been doing that for about 2 weeks and it's working great for me. I try not to think about it too much though, because obsessing over it just makes it harder to follow.

I mix up my gym routine. I'm working up to doing a 5k so I follow a 3 day/wk running plan. On the other days I do yoga or weights. It's really starting to warm up in TX, so I'm looking forward to swimming laps again soon.
John Galt

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 11:42
The RDI FS gave me was good for maintenance and SLOW weight loss pace. To increase pace of weight loss, I had to reset from 2000 to 1800. For me, those 200 calories makes a difference...forces me to make smart choices and watch portions, snacking, alcohol consumption. It's that little bit of a strech goal...
k8yk

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 11:43
"If I were to eat that much, it would have to be all the wrong stuff or have wine in the mix."

Why? I always eat over 1500 calories and I never eat junk- and only occasionally wine.

You may be surprised. Honestly, you sound just like me 1 year ago. I was convinced through and through that I HAD to eat 1200 calories or less to lose any weight. Then one day- the weight loss just stopped. It stopped for 2 months! Then on the advice of someone here, I increased to 1500 and started losing again. Then I increased to 1800 and kept losing. Boy did I feel stupid! Anyway, even if you aren't ready to follow this advice, remember it in case you hit a stopping point along the way.

Currently, with the amount of exercise I do, I've been losing 4 pounds a month eating 1800-2000 calories a day. I'm not really trying to lose weight anymore and I'm not counting calories either, but I assume to maintain my weight I need to eat around 2300ish a day. AWESOME! I'm eating way more now than I did at over 200 pounds.
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vanessa896

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 11:50
I used the WebMd BMI Plus Calculator and it worked just fine Very Happy
LittleRedFla...

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 12:29
I'm going on the advise of a dietition that I'm using. She's advising me to stay between 1800-2000 cal. per day. I'm still learning (old dog...new tricks) but somedays I have a hard time making it to 1800 eating the proper foods. I'm not sure what FS says my proper RDI would be.
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radiochick

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 13:53
Fredmugs I just looked at that for myself and it is pretty close. I've dropped 10 pounds on the scale, and per calorie deficit should be closer to 13 pounds... but I have built some new muscles. I know they say its hard to do, but I can feel it. So I guess that's pretty accurate.

K8 you are tall right? 5' 10"? It makes sense about your experiencence. Several years ago I decided I needed to stop gaining weight, so I was just focused on not over eating. And I started losing weight. That got me excited so I started really dieting at 1600 cals and could not lose another pound. I gave up... wasn't in the right mind set then.

My main goal is to learn how to eat properly and live an active life... but part of me gets impatient!

Thanks all for sharing.. its interesting to see so many different ways still working.

Smile

ps. I actually started my diet at 249 (can't get this logged in the weight history?!) I've got to figure out a fix though, cuz not having an accurate weight ticker in my signature is so sad!
k8yk

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 14:13
Yes, I'm a little tall- 5'8".
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k8yk

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 14:25
radiochick wrote:

ps. I actually started my diet at 249 (can't get this logged in the weight history?!) I've got to figure out a fix though, cuz not having an accurate weight ticker in my signature is so sad!


Go to Weight History
On the right, find "enter historical weights"
Voila!
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radiochick

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 14:27
It keeps denying my enter.. "save not allowed" grrr.



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