How does this thing work?
August 29, 2011 10:18 AM Subscribe
Counting calories/exercise: Am I doing this right?
posted by loveyhowell to health & fitness (19 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Me: 38, 5'4" 204lb, female. I have been on Weight Watchers for six months and I have lost about 7lbs. In order to get a more accurate hold on the amount of calories I am eating, I have switched in the last few weeks to using the Daily Plate. I was already weighing almost everything I ate and using the online food diary with WW, so this part has not been hard and it is saving me $40 a month as well.
What I am having trouble figuring out is how many calories to eat. According to DP calorie calculator, if I put in my stats and say I want to lose a pound a week and that I am lightly active (desk job), it gives me 1,282 calories a day. I assume this means it is calculating that my daily caloric needs are 1,782 and subtracting 500 calories.
That's fine with me-- I am willing to do what ever it takes to lose the 50lbs I have gained two years ago! Stupid question though, am I correct that if I exercise, I can log it in Daily Plate and then I should eat the number of calories I burned? One thing that confuses me in using the calorie calculators is the part where you have to say if you are completely sedentary, lightly active, etc. I work at a desk all day and enjoy sitting on my ass reading the internets in my free time. But I also walk as much as possible (about 6,000 -10,000 steps a day according to fitbit) and go to the gym 3 times a week. I feel like if I say I am moderately active, eat a higher level of calories, then "eat" my exercise points, I will have counted them twice. Is that wrong?
I would like to have this baseline caloric level of 1,282, and then be encouraged to exercise so I can eat a little more. One thing I didn't like about WW was that we were kind of discouraged from eating our activity points because of all the extra points we get anyway and all the free fruits and veggies. "More exercise = more food" is the kind of thing that will work for me. Still, is that is too low of a baseline? I have high blood sugar and do not lose weight easily, so I do not think it is too low. I am eating high protein, low carbs and am not hungry.
Is anyone successfully using Daily Plate or Spark People in the way I have described?