Hey all! I’m trying to beemind my calorie intake to make sure I stay within a certain range. I followed the setup and added the goal via my Fitbit, but the chart is impossible for me to understand. I’m not sure what data I should be aiming for. Any tips?
No, net calories are exactly the right thing to measure - and smart because that means you can get back if you are in danger of derailing. If Beeminder doesn’t support that then that is an issue with Beeminder, which should be dealt with.
This looks wrong:
You are tracking net calories, your graph shows you coming up each day with a negative number of net calories (ie you are losing weight), but your have a weekly rate of 0 - ie your road is flat (which is the right thing to do if you want to stay at the same weight).
If you set your goal as -200 net calories a day then you should set the weekly rate to -200 * 7 = -1400, rather than zero. This should give you a correct road, that goes to whatever you want to lose.
For net calories we subtract CaloriesIn - CaloriesOut – So @tomjen’s description is correct.
If you don’t track food consumed on a given day then you get a 0 for that day, rather than giving you a huge negative number.
However, tracking calories and logging food is really tedious, and I don’t recommend it as a long term strategy because I don’t think it’s very maintainable, sadly. I like the strategy of tracking with something like fitbit for a week or two in order to train/calibrate yourself, and then after that switch to a much rougher estimation. I’ve used jelly bracelets to count calories, each bracelet worth 150 Calories, and move them from one wrist to the other with each serving, just making an on the fly rough estimate. You’re sufficiently self-consistent to get a rough ballpark of how much food you’re consuming day to day, you’re paying attention to what and how much you eat, and you’re not fussing with entering every single bite into an app (often after the fact).
Friction. You just slide the beads and they stay where you slide them. I’ve worn this bracelet continuously (literally – I haven’t ever taken it off for any reason) for a couple years and it shows no signs of wearing out.