What do the different levels of activity mean?

In my "profile"... Lightly active, moderately active or very active?... What do these measurements actually mean? I notice that when I change this drop down, it effects the default amount of calories consumed per day.

I need advice on how to use this feature in combination with the "add exercise" feature of the diary. It would seem like one strategy would be to leave the default at "lightly active" and then add specific exercises on the days you do them.

Ideas?

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  • @Andromedus

    If you scroll down on this article, you can find the activity factor that best suits your needs (https://cronometer.com/help/profile/).

    For the general person who isn't wearing a fitness tracker (like Fit Bit), I recommend leaving the settings at "lightly active" (if you have a desk job) and entering your structured exercise.

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
    cronometer.com
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  • Perfect! Thank you, Susan. That's exactly what I wanted to know!

    While we're on the topic, I'm curious if you or anyone out there knows what the anticipated health effects of running a calorie deficit would be? Losing weight would be one of them, I presume, but I'm actually not trying to lose weight. Specifically I'm curious if there would be any effects on energy levels? Would you expect those effects the day of or the following day?

    Thanks again!

  • @Andromedus

    Hello,

    It's unlikely that your energy levels will change much if you're only slightly in a calorie deficit. However, in long-term calorie deficit, you would likely feel a drop in energy over time if your body's metabolism starts to slow in result to weight loss.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
    cronometer.com
    As always, any and all postings here are covered by our T&Cs:
    https://forums.cronometer.com/discussion/27/governing-terms-and-disclaimer

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