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rabowman1 11-24-2010 03:18 AM

Hello Folks
Hello, My name is Richard. I am a 44 year old male living in north central Florida. I am 150 lbs over weight. My reason is simple, I ate too much and did not get enough exercise. I would like to ask does anyone/everyone find that the calorie restriction guidline that this program gives you to loose so much weight by your goal date generally accurate or not. Thank you very much

LisaAnnie 11-24-2010 05:03 AM

Hi Richard, welcome. I think the calorie restriction is fairly close, as long as you log everything, including 24 hours of activity. For instance, I just found out that I should have been logging in my sleep time, the time I spend on the computer, the time I spend in front of TV, along with the exercise, etc. It makes a big difference in the calorie balance reports.

Good luck on your journey!

rabowman1 11-24-2010 06:03 AM

Thank you
Dear Lisaanne, Thank you for that information, You are appriciated

DetroitBreakdown 11-24-2010 01:08 PM

Welcome, rabowman. I'm also new here and have over 150lbs to lose for all the same reasons.

To your question, LisaAnnie's advice is right on. It's something I had to figure out as well. For instance, I show that the system calculates that I burn 166.5 calories/hour in my sedentary job, versus 92/hour when I sleep. Adding the activities should help you get a better idea.

I'm not paying strict attention to the calorie balance, thinking what the system suggests is my maintenance level may be a little inflated. Instead I'm trying to focus on my goal calories (2,000 for me). For what it's worth, after my first complete week or religiously logging activity and calorie consumption my weight loss almost exactly matched what could be expected from the calorie balance fitday showed. It will be interesting to see how well it matches beyond the first week.

If I can give you one small piece of advice that I feel has helped me in a lot of ways it is to really try to drink as much water as you need. I've been drinking a minimum of 150oz/day based on advice i got here and I think it has contributed not only to how good I feel, but I'm missing the signs of dehydration in my appearance. I'm sure that if I wasn't consuming as much water I would have appeared to have lost more weight, but now I can feel confident that the weight I have lost is "real" weight loss and not just water that will fluctuate with my hydration.

Best of luck to you!

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