So I have been geeking out on FitDay and entering every single thing I eat into it. Some observations/questions:
I am surprised to find that I eat on average 1600 calories per day, and some days around 1000-1100. I'm 41 y.o. male 6' 208# and work out 3-4x per week and get some kind of exercise (walking, etc) every day. FitDay says I burn an average of 2700 calories per day before considering exercise (BMR I assume), I would really struggle with having to eat that much, and I'm sure I'd gain a lot of weight if I did. Can this be right? This would mean I'm running at least a 1100 calorie deficit per day (probably almost twice that considering exercise...) seems incredible if true.
Drinking any alcohol really screws up any carb or calorie goals. One beer is about 150 calories, a glass of wine about 250. Eating 1600 calories a day, having 2 drinks a day increases my calories 19-31%! And this is almost all carbs. Sadly, alcohol can't really be part of long-term weight loss...
I eat about 55/25/20 fat/protein/carb with about 50g carbs per day, but feel better when the carbs are closer to 25g. It is helpful to see this quantified. I've been eating 117g of protein per day, which is far short of the "1g per pound of lean muscle". What do people do to increase protein %, the only possibility seems to be to eat more lean proteins like chicken breasts and sirloin?
Eating liver once a week pretty much takes care of your vitamin A and B for the week.
My diet is chronically low in vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese. I'm going to intentionally add almonds to the diet, but it seems like I have to go out of my way to get these nutrients.
I was feeling all proud of myself for losing 20 pounds, but at 6' 208#, FitDay says I'm still "overweight" and suggests a target weight range of 136.4-184.3 pounds. The last time I weighed 184, I was 18 (23 years ago) and was stone broke and eating one meal a day and working two jobs. The last time I weighed 136 was probably before puberty. This did give me some incentive to try to lose 10-15 more pounds, but where does this target weight range come from?
Overall, I definitely don't want to type everything that I eat into FitDay.com for the rest of my life, but doing this for a couple of weeks was really interesting, I recommend that everyone give it a try.