Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the activity levels?
Activity is the one everyone struggles with, knowing how active you really are. Here’s a quick guide to help:
~ Little or no exercise: If you’re sedentary (you work at a desk job and do very little exercise or housework) and perhaps walk less than 5000 steps a day.
~ Light exercise: If you’re lightly active (you do light exercise 1–3 days per week) and walk 5000-7499 steps a day.
~ Moderate exercise: If you’re moderately active (you’re moving most of the day and/or exercise with a moderate amount of effort 3–5 days of the week). You’d also be hitting 7500-9999 steps a day too.
~ Very active: If you’re very active (you’re vigorously exercising or playing sports most days) you’re also likely to be doing over 10,000 steps a day too.
~ Extra active: If you’re extra active (vigorous exercise or sports 6–7 days of the week plus a job which requires physical exertion) plus doing over 12,500 steps a day.
What's the difference between losing, maintaining & gaining?
We like to give you the flexibility to manage your weight, whilst also ensuring you have all the information.
To maintain the weight you currently are, set the system to maintain and it will calculate what you need each day.
To lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit each week. To lose 1lb a week you need a deficit of around 3500 calories over the course of the week, or around 500 calories a day. Our system will automatically calculate your deficit and ensure you’re never getting less than 1200 calories a day to also keep you healthy.
why do you need all this information?
To be able to calculate your daily calorie needs the information required is height, weight, age, gender and activity level. This enables us to calculate your Total Daily Energy Expenditure, from this we then calculate your maintain, loss and gain calories. Without this information, we would be unable to accurately calculate your individual requirements.
This information is never shared.
why does the activity level matter?
Your Basal Metabolic Rate (the calories you need simply to survive every day without doing any form of movement or exercise) forms the largest part of the calculation for the calories you need a day. This is then multiplied by your activity level to include this within the equation. So set it too high and you’ll have more calories than you need and build less of a deficit.
Can i choose when to switch my aim?
Yes, absolutely. You’re in control of making the choices for yourself. So if you’ve got parties, birthdays, holidays or just want to take the pressure off and maintain, you can. If you want to swap to gain perhaps over times like Christmas so you can better manage and limit a gain whilst having maximum flexibility, you can. You can switch whenever suits you. The only thing to keep in mind is you need a calorie deficit to lose, so if you’re set to maintain more days than losing in a week, you’re likely to see a maintain overall. Same applies with gains.
does is matter if i weigh in kilograms or stones?
Nope, again this is your choice. You can pick one and stick with it, switching if and when suits you.
Tip: If you’ve got a long weight loss history and you want to start afresh and not beat yourself up with the numbers, then maybe switching to the other way of counting your weight may help. That way you can’t keep beating yourself as the numbers will mean less, unless of course you covert them.