Draglist's Journal, 01 Feb 16

Woke at 214.2, down 2.2 after a 2600 calorie deficit yesterday. Made my calorie goal for January, but did not lose the weight I wanted. Taking the calories down another 150 per day in February. The new target is 1825, what Fitbit considers my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Spent a few months trying the 'eating more' philosophy. It didn't pack on too much weight, but I'm still 20 pounds more than I want to be. New starting macro targets will be 60 fat, 80 carbs, and 240 protein per day. Let's see how this works this month.

View Diet Calendar, 01 February 2016:
1823 kcal Fat: 58.35g | Prot: 227.50g | Carbs: 103.70g.   Breakfast: EfaGold EfaGold Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Lunch: Organic Black Cumin Seeds, Now Real Food Golden Flax Seeds, Body Fortress 100% Premium Vanilla Whey Protein, Bob's Red Mill Chia Seed, Fage Total 2% Greek Srained Yogurt (Fage), Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Drink Powder, Triquetra Health Organic Spirulina, Quest Apple Pie Protein Bar. Dinner: Beef Bottom Round (Lean Only, Trimmed to 1/8" Fat). Snacks/Other: Nature Made Super B-Complex, Swanson Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules, Now Magnesium Citrate, Feel Great 365 Daily Boost Vitamin Shot, Turmeric Capsules, Super Krill, Vitamin D3 5000 IU, Body Fortress 100% Premium Vanilla Whey Protein, Healthworks Cacoa Nibs, Safeway Organic Whole Strawberries Frozen. more...
3564 kcal Exercise: FitBit Tracker - 24 hours. more...

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2600 calorie deficit.... That's amazing ..... you know how to burn calories! 
01 Feb 16 by member: glen
You amaze me how well you do..all the time,..I need some of your dedication...:O) 
01 Feb 16 by member: BHA
Well Bill, the registers reset to zero. Its the start of a new month. I'm supremely confident that you've got it under control. 
01 Feb 16 by member: TXSnowman
Thanks, Glen, BHA, and TXSnowman! Appreciate the kind support! 
01 Feb 16 by member: Draglist
Your commitment always inspires me. 
01 Feb 16 by member: Alnona
Thank you, Alnona! 
01 Feb 16 by member: Draglist
It's a new month, here we go! 
01 Feb 16 by member: skwhite
We got this, SKWhite! 
01 Feb 16 by member: Draglist
and they're off!!! 
01 Feb 16 by member: chesgreen
That's really good! I like the way you almost have it down to a science. Question: Fitbit considers 1825 to be your BMI? So is this the amount of calories you need to do minimal body functions i.e. sleep and rest in a 24 hour period. Still a bit confused on that. If I am right, do you add the calories burned from other activities to see how many calories you are actually using and then reduce intake from that point to coincide with your weight loss goal?  
01 Feb 16 by member: madanjen
Thanks, Ches! Hi, Madanjen. Oops... meant to say BMR... I fixed that. But yes, it is the amount my body burns at rest, at least according to my Fitbit. If I lay in bed or sit on my butt, it records 76 calories per hour (and 76 x 24 = 1824). I have been adding to that my calorie burn but it has not been working. I've gained and kept on weight. The last few months I tried to record only a 'portion' of my calorie burn above the BMR, but to no avail. This month, I'm going to eat right on the number and see what happens. 
01 Feb 16 by member: Draglist
Ok, thanks for the explanation. When I experimented with this CALORIE BURN stuff, it never adjusted for the calories the I actually burned. For example, it I did 1000 calories worth of exercise, FS wouldn't reduce the full 1000, it would reduce maybe 800 of it the way I saw it. And when the calorie burn was in the 300 or 400 range it would deduct an even lower percentage towards my net calories. So in my mind, I don't count the actual calories my P90X calculator says, I usually reduce them from 65% to 80% of my actual calorie burned to set a weight loss goal. Am I wrong? Anyone? 
01 Feb 16 by member: madanjen
I think it has to be something like this. I do not think it's a purely one-to-one thing... Using my Fitbit, I often have monster calorie burns of 4500 calories. That does not mean I get to eat 3500... and recently, I kept weight on when I worked out that hard and ate 2500. So, still tweaking. 
01 Feb 16 by member: Draglist
madanjen, I think what is happening is this: The calories you burn while you are doing a physical activity get added to your allowance. However, you then have to subtract the calories you would have burned had you been at rest. Ergo, low intensity activities don't add much to your daily calorie burn and none of them add all of the calories that you burned during exercise.  
02 Feb 16 by member: TXSnowman
Interesting thoughts and observations. For me personally I've found that accurately tracking what I eat is the most reliable method. That way over time I can judge by the results what my intake should be. Of course that works best only if I'm 100% honest with myself and what I enter into my food diary. After all this time there is still a temptation to lie to myself and omit something here and there...pretty silly but I guess human. 
02 Feb 16 by member: jmb3450
I'm that human too, Jim! On occasion I overeat late after I've run all my numbers. I then add the food to the following day. But like any "credit" it ends up squeezing you more as you go forward.  
02 Feb 16 by member: Draglist

     
 

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