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Feeding my inner nerd

Friday, June 24, 2011

The other day I discovered something on this site that I hadn't seen before. I found the calorie deficit reports! Being an engineer/mathematician, I love numbers. I can finally figure out my own personal BMR. Sparkpeople do a great job of crunching the numbers for us, but the BMR is just an estimate. They don't know my particular metabolism or how many calories I actually burn during the average day. Now I'm excited that I could use the calories I've eaten along with my exercise and the amount of weight that I lose to come up with a slightly more accurate estimate. And it will be interesting to see if the 3,000 calorie deficit actually adds up to 1 lb of weight loss.

The problem with this? I actually need some honest data over time. I need to track absolutely every calorie that I eat, good or bad. On days that I go off track, I don't usually track. So, it's time to be honest with myself so that I can feed those numbers to my inner dork and make her happy. **pushes taped glasses up the bridge of her nose**
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    I know EXACTLY what you mean! As a former computer programmer, I like being able to crunch my own numbers. So I found this webite:
    mart/a/blcalintake.htm and got the BMR formula myself. Then I made a spreadsheet where I can fiddle with the numbers. If you'd like me to send you the Excel spreadsheet I can. It's fun to play "what if" with!
    2520 days ago
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