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Old 09-13-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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I'm really having a hard time understanding it; supposedly by my lifestyle and activities, i'm "burning" 2200 cals/day and am consuming between 1200-1400, yet the wt is ssllooowly coming off. Am i calculating correctly? Any ideas?
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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A couple of suggestions:

Are you including sleep as an activity? That changed my BMR by 200 or 300 calories a day.
Are you including everything you eat? That means milk and sugar in your coffee, supplements the little candy that you ate after lunch. I found I was eating 100 to 200 calories a day in the little things.

I found that once I worked those two out I found my problem. Hope that helps!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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A couple of things to look at:
  • Your Pie Chart - What is the percentage breakdown of Protein, Carbs and Fat? I aim for 30% protein and have found I lose better at that level.
  • The food you eat - Are you still eating processed foods, simple carbohydrates like white bread and sugar? If so try to eat more whole foods, vegetables, some fruit and whole grains.
  • Timing of your meals - Try to spread your calories so you aren't eating a large quantity at one or two sittings.
  • Exercise - Not only does it rev up your metabolism but it also relieves stress that can sabotage your weight loss. If you have been a couch potatoe even just walking can be a great way to increase your activity.
Hope these help you find the missing piece of the puzzle!!

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Old 09-13-2010, 05:23 PM   #4
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One more thought is that muscle burns more calories than fat. I don't know that the info you log into FitDay can take that into account; I think it only takes your weight and height. Therefore, it might be overestimating your calorie burn. For instance if you have a man who is 6'2" and solid muscle who weighs 215, he would be burning a lot more than a 5'5" woman who also weighs 215 but is not muscular and whose weight comes primarily from fatty tissue.

Whether that's true in your case or not it can't hurt to build your muscles.

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
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