So I have been geeking out on FitDay and entering every single thing I eat into it. Some observations/questions:
I am surprised to find that I eat on average 1600 calories per day, and some days around 1000-1100. I'm 41 y.o. male 6' 208# and work out 3-4x per week and get some kind of exercise (walking, etc) every day. FitDay says I burn an average of 2700 calories per day before considering exercise (BMR I assume), I would really struggle with having to eat that much, and I'm sure I'd gain a lot of weight if I did. Can this be right? This would mean I'm running at least a 1100 calorie deficit per day (probably almost twice that considering exercise...) seems incredible if true.
Drinking any alcohol really screws up any carb or calorie goals. One beer is about 150 calories, a glass of wine about 250. Eating 1600 calories a day, having 2 drinks a day increases my calories 19-31%! And this is almost all carbs. Sadly, alcohol can't really be part of long-term weight loss...
I eat about 55/25/20 fat/protein/carb with about 50g carbs per day, but feel better when the carbs are closer to 25g. It is helpful to see this quantified. I've been eating 117g of protein per day, which is far short of the "1g per pound of lean muscle". What do people do to increase protein %, the only possibility seems to be to eat more lean proteins like chicken breasts and sirloin?
Eating liver once a week pretty much takes care of your vitamin A and B for the week.
My diet is chronically low in vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese. I'm going to intentionally add almonds to the diet, but it seems like I have to go out of my way to get these nutrients.
I was feeling all proud of myself for losing 20 pounds, but at 6' 208#, FitDay says I'm still "overweight" and suggests a target weight range of 136.4-184.3 pounds. The last time I weighed 184, I was 18 (23 years ago) and was stone broke and eating one meal a day and working two jobs. The last time I weighed 136 was probably before puberty. This did give me some incentive to try to lose 10-15 more pounds, but where does this target weight range come from?
Overall, I definitely don't want to type everything that I eat into FitDay.com for the rest of my life, but doing this for a couple of weeks was really interesting, I recommend that everyone give it a try.
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on August 01, 2011
at 07:17 PM
I just started doing this a few days ago, and was shocked to see myself coming in at only 1600-1800 calories a day. I kind of started on it just to poo poo the whole "calories in, calories out" concept, but if I'm eating low cal accidentally, this won't make for a very good argument.
Since upping the fat and protein at breakfast I don't get hungry again until dinner, so maybe it is just the 2 meals a day bringing down calories from where I expected them to be. I feel like I've been stuffing my face at breakfast and dinner.
I was also shocked to see the percentage of calories from alcohol when I plugged in 2 glasses of wine. Considering only 3-5% of other calories were from carbs I'm not going to stress about it though, still pretty low carb (maybe not the healthiest carbs though). I can't remember who posted it here, but they said a glass of wine didn't knock them out of ketosis. I was under the impression that most of the carbohydrate in the grape juice is digested by the yeast to make the alcohol, so you're only left with 5ish grams/glass. I've heard of alcohol itself called a "super-carb", but I'm a little skeptical of that claim.
Those weight charts were based on a largely sedentary and skinny population of Belgian merchants in the 1800's, so if you have any muscle you are going to be considered overweight if you use BMI.
Here's a quote from the link: "Let???s start with the BMI???s origin. A Belgian mathematician and sociologist named Adolphe Quetelet created the Body Mass Index between 1830 and 1850. He did this as a way to compare a person???s height with their weight. This technique was originally meant to aid in social science education, and wasn???t intended to determine obesity levels. BMI was not meant for medical diagnosis."
on August 01, 2011
at 06:45 PM
When I was tracking my weight loss, I also found that I was "only" eating 1800-2000 calories. This for about 3 months resulted in my weight going from 210 to 157. I was 157 back in junior hi. I have since maintained it at that level at eat about 2300-2600 calories.
I don't think you're consuming 10-1100. That's too far off and is at strvation level. You're either not counting something or have the serving sizes mixed up. 2700 calories burnt per day sounds right for someone your size. Your 1600 calories also may be off. It is true that you may not feel hungry if you eat VLC, as you do at 50g, but you will feel it when you carry that much weight. Something is off and I think it's your calculation.