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Pranxtergirl 07-02-2012 08:27 PM

New - Need some help!
Hello All!

I am new to Fitday as of today and I have a couple of questions and I am hoping someone can clarify some things for me so I can be successfull on my journey for weight loss!

Can someone explain Net Calories? I am trying to figure out where it shows (if it does) how many calories I need to consume daily in order to lose weight.

I started the daily log and was that ever eye opening!!! I honestly thought that I didnt consume that many calories along with my eating low carb... Just putting in what I ate for breakfast, a snack and lunch.. I was shocked to see the caloric intake. Makes me not want to eat any more today... haha

Ok so for example... my caloric intake for today so far has been 807.. and the net calories is a negative something (sorry cant remember what it was).. so what does that mean?


edahlt 07-02-2012 09:40 PM

Net calories are the calories you eat minus the calories you burn. As long as your net is in the negative, you're going to lose weight. A general rule of thumb is that if you average a net of -500 calories a day, you'll lose a pound a week; -1000 a day to lose two pounds. If you're not severely overweight, 2 lbs/week is generally considered to be the highest possible rate of sustainable weight loss.

Your net calories depend on a lot on how many calories you burn. So, for example, there's a base number of calories that you burn just by being alive, and this is altered somewhat by what your lifestyle is like (sedentary vs. active, or somewhere in between). FitDay calculates this number based on your stats. On top of this, though, you can exercise to burn extra calories. You'll input this into the Activities Log, and FitDay subtracts that from your net calories, as well.

So, for example:
Yesterday, I ate 1463 calories.
Before I put my activities in, FitDay claims that I burn 2266 calories a day. So, if I hadn't exercised, my net calories would have been -837.
After I've put in my activities for yesterday (sleeping*, running, weight lifting, and circuit training), it says that I burned 2434 calories, so my net for yesterday was
1463-2434=-970 calories.

I hope that helped! And feel free to ask any other questions, there are plenty of people around the forums who are very familiar with this technology! Welcome to FitDay! :)

*A note about sleeping. In theory, FitDay estimates 8 hours of sleep a day and incorporates that into your "lifestyle" calories. In practice, most people here seem to like adding sleep as an activity--it brings down the total number of calories that FitDay claims you burn, which then tends to line up better with estimates available elsewhere.

RunbikeSki 07-03-2012 02:16 AM

Nice reply edahlt!

ElaraGloriana 07-12-2012 04:28 AM

Thank you! This is the best explanation i've found for "lifestyle calories." I was confused what that was/meant, but you succinctly 'splained it all. :D

01gt4.6 07-12-2012 04:36 AM


Originally Posted by RunbikeSki (Post 84663)
Nice reply edahlt!

you ain't lyin' :D

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