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Hello from Cambridge, UK and a Q


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Hi everyone

Really pleased to have found this app and the forums seem great! One question (so far). My stats are as follows:

CW: 82kg GW: 55kg Height: 159cm Age: 34

My calorie intake according to CC should be 2200. Surely this can't be right? I've manually changed it to 1350 with the intention of eating any exercise calories I burn in addition to that to ensure I don't go under 1200. I also want some leeway to cut back further when I near my goal.

The ordinal goal date was 2015. I changed this to September 2012 and expected the daily calorie limit to change to reflect this but it didn't.

Can anyone tell me why CC made the calculation it did and if my manual entry is satisfactory?

Many thanks :-)
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In addition, the analysis isn't showing this change. It's saying I should be eating 1785 which I assume is the deficit on the predicted 2200?

Hi Matilda,  I'm also from the UK, Southampton to be precise.  I love this site and have been using it for just over 2 years I think.

 

I am guessing CC gave you the higher calorie goal because you did not put in a goal date, then when you add the date it changes the calorie goal.

 

I put you stats into another calculator with an activity level of 3 times per week.  It gave you 2110 calories to maintain your current weight.  I read a really interesting post on here, the question was why not simply start eating your 'goal calories to maintain'.  So according to the calculator you should consume 1700 calories per day, maintaining your exercise regime of 3 times per week.

Is there a reason you want to lose the weight by September?  If not, the 400 calories (2110-1700) you are foregoing mean you will reach your goal weight in 577 days or mid October 2013.

The fuzzy logic behind this is that you learn how to eat for your new figure, rather than going on a diet then piling it all back on when you start eating 'normally'.

Good luck with your weight loss journey!

Thanks! That was a really detailed answer.

No date reason. I just calculated losing 1kg a week which should be okay. I know it's doubtful as things slow but it was more to get a realistic calorie limit.

That's the thing, the change in date didn't change the calorie allowance so I just added my own. So you think I should consume 1700 and exercise three times a week? Or would I only eat 1700 if I was exercising? I get very confused.

How have you found the last two years? You've obviously stuck around so I guess it works :-)

I've been here for a while an am also from the UK. I came here for the calorie tables, found the forums. I thought I'd read folks journals and see their progress to see if I could find anything that would motivate me to keep losing wieght and keep it off. Most of the time I spend in banter in the lounge.

Glad to see you're a Brit, there to few of us 'ere who know wot English shoulld be spoke!

Hi ya, I'll have to check out the Lounge at some point. I'm just trying to navigate my way round the workings of the app! :D
Original Post by Matilda1337:

Thanks! That was a really detailed answer.

No date reason. I just calculated losing 1kg a week which should be okay. I know it's doubtful as things slow but it was more to get a realistic calorie limit.

That's the thing, the change in date didn't change the calorie allowance so I just added my own. So you think I should consume 1700 and exercise three times a week? Or would I only eat 1700 if I was exercising? I get very confused.

How have you found the last two years? You've obviously stuck around so I guess it works :-)

Actually, no -- at 82kg you should not be losing more than 10% per week, which is about 1.8lb -- but of course that changes as you lose.  if you were much heavier (BMI 40+) then higher weight loss is generally considered ok.  Furthermore, cookie's 'fuzzy logic' is spot on -- you lose it slow and in that time you learn how to eat properly without screwing up your metabolism - so you are much less likely to put the weight back on.

As far as the numbers go --I believe the number you are seeing on your analysis page (? I don't see a calorie goal on my analysis page) is probably your BMR at whatever activity level you chose (sedentary, I'm guessing). You are free to put whatever you wish as your Daily Target Calories (I picked a number MORE than CC recommended for me) -- but you have make sure you hit save.

If you eat 1700-1800 regularly (every day) and exercise at least 3x per week -- on the days you don't exercise, you will have a deficit of 300-400, on the days you do exercise, your deficit will be 300-400+whatever your exercise gave you.  Better to build the deficit through exercise than cutting calories too much. While it is absolutely possible to lose weight without exercise -- the quality of weight lose is much different.  if you exercise while losing, you maintain more muscle while burning fat -- muscle is more efficient at burning calories than fat.

It's also easier to cut from a higher number than one already so close to 1200.

Thank you.

In that case I'll stick to CCs recommendation then of 1785 and not eat my exercise calories and see how I go for a couple of weeks.
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