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Old 01-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm enjoying using fitday so far, but have one technical question. I'm not sure what forum this should go under, but since it has to do with how much I eat- I'll stick it here in the food section.

I'm 26, 195lbs and would like to be around 180. Fit day says that I need about 3200 calories if I just sit around and do nothing. This seems a bit much. I looked up other calorie estimators and am getting numbers around 2000 calories a day. Which is correct? How do I change fitday's computations? Does anyone else have this problem?
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi toastermm. FitDay uses a standard forumla to estimate your calorie burn. It has to do with gender, weight, etc. The 3200 calorie number is not your sit around all day number. It is a number that takes into account the lifestyle you selected in your Profile. So, it you choose a different lifestyle in your Profile tab this number would change.

We do try to use the best known estimates, but these are just estimates and can be off depending on a bunch of factors. If you think you know your burn rate, you can absolutely customize this in FitDay. Go to your "Activities" page and there is a "Customize" link next to the Lifestyle value. Click on this and you can set your own metabolic rate or choose a different estimation technique.

I hope this help and good luck with your goals. Let me know if you need any more info.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my friend iam an 250lbs bodybuilder and my maintanece cals for a day is about 3200 cals to lose weight is about 2700, the best way to find out how many cals you need to consume to lose weight is x your bodyweight by 15 and then - 500.....so its your bodyweight x 15 - 500 = .....hope that helps
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi ste247
By the calculations you mentioned I should be eating 2035c per day...that still seems high to loose 1.5 -2 lbs a wk.
I weigh 169 x15=2535-500=2035
I am 51 and 5'11". I usually try to stay around 1500c with a 40-40-20 ratio.
Have I got this wrong?
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The activity defaults seem to be set up for a 24-hour consistent activity pattern. My husband thinks that you need to put in the amount of sleep you get at night to more accurately reflect your calories burned in a 24-hour period. That should drop your count down to a more realistic number and make your caloric restriction calculations more accurate.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you think you know your burn rate, you can absolutely customize this in FitDay. Go to your "Activities" page and there is a "Customize" link next to the Lifestyle value. Click on this and you can set your own metabolic rate or choose a different estimation technique.
Thanks! This was precisely what I was looking for.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Great question. I had the same reaction to the suggested calories for my goal and achievement date. At one point they told me if I ate no calories everyday I could make my goal. I am just new to this.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In the short time that I have been tracking here, I've already found what calorie range will let me drop a fraction of a pound and, that's my goal. I bought one of the scales that show tenths of pounds and am happy that I did so. If I lose .2 or .4, I am thrilled. I think that the number they show is generic - each of us come to this with so many variables that we need to find our personal range. Good luck!
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