First (and most importantly) your long term progress to date has been stunning and worthy of a very high degree self-respect, CONGRATS.
If I might go back to the original question ("am I doing something wrong?"), my answer (despite my prior comment), would be "yes, you are" (but it's NOT what you may be thinking).
What you are doing wrong (IMNSHO) can be summed up in three words - TMI (Too Much Information).
I'm sure you've heard the references to those two things "everyone has" and that "opinions are like....". Funny, yes - but also not so far from the truth.
In the "diet" world "opinions" often outweigh (pun intended, sort of) "facts" and way too many self-proclaimed "experts" apparently believe they can transform "opinion" to "fact" in Midas like fashion, if they just repeat the opinion over and over again enough times.
Science takes a somewhat different view recognizing that a "fact" is NOT a "fact" until it has been demonstrated irrefutably to be so, challenged by others, and the conclusions can be repeated.
"That's nice", you say, "but what does it have to do with my question?"
All sorts of people would have you believe any of the plethora of "myths" that abound.
"If you eat too few calories you will gain weight,"
"A pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat,"
"If you eat less than your BMR you will die,"
"Too much exercise will cause you to stop losing...",
You get the point - TMI - (and not just too much, but most of it pedigreed BS).
Start with your (anyone's) BMI/BMR/TDEE.
Go to five or six different calculators and see what your's is (using the different "standards")
I did, using my best guesses of your age, height, and weight of 195 (which I think was the last thing I saw you post).
Range goes from BMR of 1603 to 2041 and TDEE of 1946 to 2838
(All using as close as possible the same "input" data)
So which is right and which do you choose to set a "starting point"?
Beats me but I would argue that you are much closer to the 1603 - 1946 end of the scale (due to the different methodology used by the calculators and how they account for daily calories "burned").
The calculator using the "Schofield" method is the out-liar @2838 with the three others ranging from 1946 to 2324 so let's drop the 2838 and use 2324 as the "upper" end
If we can agree on a TDEE range of 1946 to 2324 (which already has taken into account "light, daily, exercise calories burned" the next step is to agree on the consensus (it's not "fact" and a number of scientists believe it not to be true, but it is "generally accepted") that a 500 cals/day (3500/wk) reduction (from TDEE) will result in approximately 1 lb/wk loss. (all else being equal).
1946 - 500 = 1446
2324 - 500 = 1824
Personally, I'd start by using the 1446 and before the company liners start jumping up and down about how you will die if you don't eat MORE than your BMR (another "non" fact) let's just average the two "guesstimates" and say 1635.
With me so far? Good.
So I took a look at your "numbers" for the last week (6/29 - 7/5).
Total cals IN = 13,777 (1968/day)
Total cals OUT = 2228 (318/day)
The cals OUT number is really irrelevant because it is already accounted for in the TDEE calcs as "light/daily exercise" and at 318 that seems reasonable (even if it is overstated when using other cal burn calculators).
What IS important is the 1968 cal IN number compared to the (calculated) "daily cal IN" required to lose ~1lb/week" of 1635. That's 333 cals/day OVER.
Even using the "high end" estimate of 1824 we're still OVER by 144/day.
It's not whether you are over by 144 or 333 or even if the estimates above are "off" by 250/day - it's that this stuff is ALL based on GUESSTIMATES. Some of them we make (what "level" of exercise?) some of them are made for us (which "standard" is used to calc BMR/TDEE) - it's all a guess and only provides a "starting point".
In the end, it comes down to simple physics - if at 1968/day IN you are "holding" (no loss, no gain) THAT is your REAL TDEE (assuming you are actually counting EVERY single cal IN).
The ONLY ways to continue to lose are 1) REDUCE your cals IN (below the 1968) or 2) INCREASE your cals OUT (above the 318) - it really is that simple.
Start with 250/day - that "should" result in an average 0.5 lb/wk loss after a couple weeks - that's not a bad number for you but if you decide at that point to drop another 250 (which gets us pretty close to the numbers "estimated" above and 1#/wk) that would work as well.)
I don't know anything about the "bootcamp" thing but whatever method you choose I have no doubt (based on your previous experience) that you will get to goal. "Luck" has nothing to do with it (the "scientist" in me says) - But just in case......."Best of LUCK!!!"
(and no, I'm not....did stay in a holiday inn once though)
Edited by: DEANSDAD at: 7/10/2014 (12:18)
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