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Posted: 02 May 2013, 10:01
Okay so I work in a nursing home.. I am on my feet for an average of 1-2 hour intervals between breaks for 8 hours. The activity level consists on walking briskly, pushing, pulling, lifting. When considering exercise and caloric intake, do I count work as an activity? According to the exercise lists, moderate walking for 6 hours burns like 1300 calories.

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 13:21
I would count it....... it is excercise after all. I do, however, feel that the given 'resting and sleeping' rates are too high (check your BMR!) so bear that in mind when working out what you can eat

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 13:49
I work in a Dementia care facility. With the amount of walking etc. I should be skinny and be able to eat like a horse. The problem is, our bodies are used to this activity and according to my DR. I have to increase my physical activity to lose weight. It's like those exercise trainers on TV. I have to switch it up, trick my body by doing new activities to lose weight. It frustrating. I just count my actually extra activity.
2010 - lost 40 lbs on fad diet, gained it all back
Oct 2012 weighed 221at Dr's office, started WW
Jan 2013 = 214, New year and new attitude
May 2013 under 200 Yeah!
*Goal 180 by Sept 2013
*Goal 165 by Christmas 2013.

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 14:26
I wouldn't rely too much on calories burned - it is just an estimate. FS has no way of knowing how much energy you exert. The only way I would use the information is to motivate you to move more and burn more calories. You could get a pedometer and see how many steps you walk or if you are willing to put out some cash, get a bodymedia fit. I have one and it tells me how many calories per day I burn. I changed jobs one year ago and have been amazed that I burn about 300 calories less per day now that I sit down more during the day. I lost most of my weight prior to my new job, so at least I have that going for me. But I have been struggling to get the rest off for the past few months. I attribute it mostly to sitting more, but I have also taken a few extra bites here and there.
The important thing is to just try to move more than you are and really watch your caloric intatke - you could lose weight but just decreasing intake.

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 15:26
Honestly, I would not bother recording it as "exercise" in the diary. Use the fact that you do not have a sedentary job when determining your RDI and leave it at that. Save the exercise journal for the activities that are extra. I only record actual exercise that I do and yard work that I do on the weekend (have a lot of "yard" to maintain, so I am busy on the weekends outdoors). Also, for all of my recorded exercise I almost always wear my heart rate monitor and record the calories burned info it provides. While the HRM will never be 100% accurate, it is a much better measure than an estimate from a web page.

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 15:42
I agree with Nicole - while I do love this FS application and all that it offers, I think the estimate activity calculations are misleading. If the calculations were even close I'd have lost twice as much by now considering the overall calorie in vs estimate activity out deficit. If I were counting on that math working I'd be discouraged esp if I were eating more because I thought I was using more energy to make up for it.

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 17:15
I think that you have all made some very good points here. It is likely not only that the website estimates a very high amount of caloric burn for just doing nothing (sitting), but also that my body has likely metabolized the amount of activity I do 5 days out of 7 at my job.
Thank you all so very much for your replies. It has helped a lot!

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 19:47
I recorded activity's faithfully along with calories eaten for a year and calculated my weight loss next to what the numbers put me at and it was very close. I have full faith in the calories burned on this site. If you're not so sure simply calculate calories ingested a little high and don't record all activity's. Here is a post from my thread on

"Day 317
Total deficit 121903/3500=34.82 lbs.
Deficit weight 181.18
Actual weight on Dec 1st. 175.2"

So I actually lost MORE weight than what fat secret put me at which is awesome.

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