Having been obese most of my life it did not seem possible that I was truly active. It didn't feel like I was doing enough to get there. I knew before my surgery I was at lightly active calories because my spreadsheet confirmed it. I knew I was more active so I assumed I was "moderately active" and I ate accordingly. Remember the surgery altered my weight and my body composition so in January I started a new phase which required me to figure out my average TDEE again.
I was sure moderately active was appropriate even when my Apple Watch said otherwise. I knew they over-reported for some people and I assumed I was one of them. I thought active people had to be those that had active jobs requiring manual labor. I assumed 'very active' was like a bike messenger. I wasn't either of those things so moderate seemed right. I was wrong. The labels, in my opinion, do not make good common sense because I am very nearly at very active calories and I get there by getting an average of 16-17k steps.
PAV8888 wrote: »
Remember that all this stuff about activity settings and maintenance calories is predicated on a couple of issues: how close one tracks to the mean and the models
bmeadows380 wrote: »
@NovusDies yikes - adding back 250 a day?!!!!! that's going to be a fight and half with my brain.....
I'll be very interested in knowing your results on the 80% thing; I think I'd find it easier to add back 75-80% of exercise calories rather than raise my daily deficit 250 calories. Or split the difference, maybe, adding perhaps 100 calories to my deficit and eating back 65% or something like that.
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