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Oh no
09-25-2014, 01:45 AM
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Oh no
..I'm really worried. Started using my Fitbit last night and needed to record my current weight, so this morning I weighed myself. I weighed myself at the same time in the morning a couple of weeks ago and it's shot up from 168 lbs to 175!?!? (That's half a stone in my British imperial measurements). Surely I must be eating way too much? Will the Fitbit help me work that out, and if so how?
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09-25-2014, 04:25 AM
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RE: Oh no
First of all, you need to give your FitBit a few days of gathering data before you really should start using it. Maybe give it a week or so, and then average your daily burn to get your TDEE. Once this is done, compare it with what you got on Scooby (which, as I recall was around 2,300?) Chances are, they will be pretty close. The only thing that the FitBit is not good at detecting is the calories burned with strength training, so if you are lifting, you will want to manually (or mentally) add about 250 calories per hour of strength training to your FitBit totals...

Personally, I would always go with the FitBit numbers over a calculator, just because it is gathering data from your actual activity. When you enter your numbers into Scooby, you are entering numbers of hours of formal workout activity. What is not accounted for is your NEAT - how active you are throughout the day... I would wait a week or so, average that TDEE number that your FitBit gives you and work off that number.

Remember, how your body responds to changing up your intake depends on your past dieting history. For now, the best thing you can do is to try to determine your true TDEE and eat consistently at that level --- get your body to trust that your intake will be adequate and consistent. You will be able to go to that 15% cut in the future, but for now determining your TDEE is key. Hang in there - this is the hardest part of the whole process.

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09-26-2014, 07:27 AM
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RE: Oh no
(09-25-2014 04:25 AM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  First of all, you need to give your FitBit a few days of gathering data before you really should start using it. Maybe give it a week or so, and then average your daily burn to get your TDEE. Once this is done, compare it with what you got on Scooby (which, as I recall was around 2,300?) Chances are, they will be pretty close. The only thing that the FitBit is not good at detecting is the calories burned with strength training, so if you are lifting, you will want to manually (or mentally) add about 250 calories per hour of strength training to your FitBit totals...

Personally, I would always go with the FitBit numbers over a calculator, just because it is gathering data from your actual activity. When you enter your numbers into Scooby, you are entering numbers of hours of formal workout activity. What is not accounted for is your NEAT - how active you are throughout the day... I would wait a week or so, average that TDEE number that your FitBit gives you and work off that number.

Remember, how your body responds to changing up your intake depends on your past dieting history. For now, the best thing you can do is to try to determine your true TDEE and eat consistently at that level --- get your body to trust that your intake will be adequate and consistent. You will be able to go to that 15% cut in the future, but for now determining your TDEE is key. Hang in there - this is the hardest part of the whole process.

Thanks so much, Anitra. Hard not to panic a bit at times, when it's all so new - but that is helpful :-)
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09-26-2014, 09:46 AM
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The bottom line to remember is that nothing that you are doing now is irreversible. It's all just relaxing and figuring out your numbers and giving your metabolism time to adapt and adjust. If you are ever seeing constant , slow gains, you can always just back off by 100 calories a day or so and re-evaluate...

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10-04-2014, 06:59 AM
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RE: Oh no
Thanks again Anita. It's currently looking as though my Scooby TDEE might've been on the high side, but I haven't been able to do all the exercise I had factored into the calculations in my first Fitbit week, so I'm going to see what the figure is at the end of this week.
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10-04-2014, 07:11 AM
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Yep, just take it slow and easy. You can always bump your calories up or down as you get things figured out.

Because the Scooby calculations are just estimates based on the exercise you enter, your FitBit averages should be a better number to work off of, as it is calculated off of *actual* activity you perform... Great job working things out!

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