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September 16, 2012 1:13 PM
Hi my name is Sue...Newbie and so this is my first post. I've got cerebral palsy and I will be 52 in November.
I started my latest fitness/nutrition plan 10 days ago, and this is where my question comes in. I started using
Diet Power 4.4 10 days ago to log my food and exercise in. This program is very comprehensive but I joined
My Fitness Pal on September 14 to double check my numbers and get more support. What confuses me is
that my numbers on DP are very much higher than my numbers on MFP. I am using Leslie Sansone's Walk
At Home because hers is the only program I am physically capable of doing. I am also doing 30 minutes most
days of the week(leg lifts, wheelchair sit ups, light 5 pound weights...calisthenics is what I meant to say). I has
do between 2-5 miles a day with Leslie and I asked this question on Leslie's website as well as one about DP's
Calorie Bank Balance. It's been several days with no response, and I honestly don't think I'm going to get one
at this point. What should I do about the difference in my numbers? What is the best way for me to interpret
these statistics?

If you want to check it out for yourself, DP 4.4 has a free 15 day trial. Maybe some of you could input your num-
bers so you could explain this to me. That would be great and I would appreciate it! ;)

I also wanted to ask if maybe one or two of you would be my fitness and food buddies. Ordinarily I would love
more, but I type with the index finger of my right hand, and sometimes responding takes a very long time. I
split my time between
September 16, 2012 1:34 PM
Oops, it posted before I was ready! I wanted to say I would really like one or two fitness/food buddies to
share each other's journeys with. I type using the index finger of my right hand, so it can take some time
to respond. I split my time between a wheelchair(for the PC, situps, and short trips) and my walker(for
walking with Leslie...I have to do arm movements separately because I must hold the walker while I do
the exercise.

Lastly, MFP seems like a very friendly and supportive place to post! I look forward to meeting many of
you soon and having another positive place to hang out in...God Bless, Sue
September 16, 2012 1:39 PM
I'm not clear - are you saying that your exercise calories come up different on the two sites, or food calories ?
September 16, 2012 2:53 PM
Hi Yarwell,

Nice to meet you! You're right; I should have been more clear about that. Actually, it's both-my exercise calories
burned, and food calories eaten. So I'm not sure if it's throwing off other numbers in one or both programs.
Thanks for your help! ;)
September 16, 2012 3:25 PM
I had a quick look. It gave me a daily calorie suggestion (1700) without asking about my activity level, so I guess it assumed I was sedentary.

Walking 1 mile in 16 minutes it gave a sensible calorie burn - 94. A few foods I looked at seemed to have sensible calorie values - do you have examples ?
September 16, 2012 5:07 PM
Yarwell, don't have specifics right in front of me now, but will try to input them tomorrow for you.
One thing I noticed is that MFP and DP have a lot of fast food listed. I live and eat at a nursing
home in Newton, NJ and since I first wrote you I began to wonder if the portion sizes might be
radically different between "home" cooked meals and a fast food place. Will ask our kitchen staff
tomorrow when I have a chance. Will let you know what I find out.
September 18, 2012 9:00 AM
Hi Yarwell,

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. One example is my cardio numbers for today. I walked three miles in 45
minutes, and MFP says I burned 179 calories in that time. According to DP, I burned 296 calories in the same amount
of time. I'm inclined to believe MFP because of my cerebral palsy. I can only sustain a slow to moderate pace. I have
to do it on my walker, and do arm and leg calisthenics separately. I'm beginning to think DP's numbers are too high
and I hope to lose a pound a week with a target date of Christmas 2013.

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