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Old 06-03-2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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http://www.losertown.org/eats/cal.php

Has anyone ever seen this site? The results are obviously estimations but do they seem consistant to your weight loss thus far?
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Not for me - it's close, but off a few weeks (6) vs. what I have lost this year (I have taken longer, not the other way around unfortunately). But that may be because I'm human and have stumbled a couple times
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im gonna check it out
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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I've been using weight loss calculators since I was 12 (that's 33 years - back when you had to do the math yourself with pencil and paper, because calculators existed but cost over $100 for what is now a $1 calculator).

Every year and every diet, they became less and less accurate (consistently overestimating).

To me, it's reinforced the theory that chronic dieting can truly lower metabolism.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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I wish I lost as fast as it thinks. I'm not a total couch potato but when I put that it, it's more accurate for me in terms of my speed. I'd be happy to get to goal sooner than I will but I know that overall, it's more important to just get there, and staying on plan and even more importantly, getting right back on plan when I mess up, are what matters the most for me.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:56 AM   #6
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LOL! NO! I just put in the height, weight and age on which I started my weight loss journey, I lowballed my exercise for the past year and highballed my caloric average. According to that calculator, I should currently weigh 148-- my actual weight is 203. I know there are people on this site who lose over a hundred pounds in a year, so surely it's possible, but I don't know what I personally could have been doing differently.

I don't know why my metabolism is slow-- surely it's not chronic dieting as I ate whatever I wanted and then some for 20 years... but a year of exercising like crazy and staying within a low calorie allotment has only yielded me 90 lbs.

Interestingly, the closest I get is if I put in 1500 calories for intake and light exercise for exercise... I exercise vigorously at least 4 days a week, but I have a very sedentary job, so maybe that balances out, and I try to keep my calories in the 1200-1400 range so that's fairly close.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #7
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Wow, that was amazing when I did it backwards, putting my starting weight and now knowing what my average daily calories have been over the past 14 months it was dead right!

So I went ahead and put in my current weight and planned average to see when I might meet goal. I haven't wanted to do this as saying to myself that I "should" be a certain weight by a certain date has set me up for failure in the past but this one seemed to come up with a very realistic time frame for me.

ETA: Oops, after reading other's comments I went back and looked and I had counted my months wrong. I'm 30 lbs behind their schedule. Guess I'll go erase that goal date from my calendar!
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Yeah I know that is a crazy best case scenario calculation that the site gives, I was curious to see if it was even close for some people...so far, not so much. haha
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Wow, that was amazing when I did it backwards, putting my starting weight and now knowing what my average daily calories have been over the past 14 months it was dead right!

So I went ahead and put in my current weight and planned average to see when I might meet goal. I haven't wanted to do this as saying to myself that I "should" be a certain weight by a certain date has set me up for failure in the past but this one seemed to come up with a very realistic time frame for me.
Oh awesome!
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:20 AM   #10
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I put in what I used to weigh and how many calories I was eating and it said in a year I should have lost 117 pounds. I actually lost 155 pounds. But I was happy to see that I should be at GOAL within the next year so that was good!
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:43 AM   #11
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I also put in my starting weight and high-balled my calories and low-balled my exercise. It was not even close. I always find that calorie calculators tell me that I can eat way too many calories. That's life!
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:46 AM   #12
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It's estimating me to be at my goal weight a couple of months sooner than I expect to get there - in estimating how long it would take me, I planned for a holiday stall/slow down should I choose to go into maintenance at that time - so, maybe it'll be accurate.

I will say though - putting in my high weight and calories and activity level from when I started, and it showed me losing weight quite a bit slower than I actually did.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:58 AM   #13
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WOW.. that really makes me want to up the exercise and try to get there faster. Based on this link if I exercise like a pro athlete I can be in Onderland before my birthday in Oct. hmmm.... LOL

Now I just need to win the lottery to be able to hire a PT to kick my butt!
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Not accurate for me so far but interesting.

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Basically, if that was true, I'd be dead

I put in my maintenance calories and it estimated I had a deficit of 1000 or so calories, meaning it thinks I should lose 2 lbs a week.
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