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If you're using the website, you see a Weekly Analysis on the Trackers > Progress page. If you're using the app, you see your Daily Analysis on the Trackers > Analysis page. It's helpful to know more about how this data is derived so that you can interpret it accurately.
The information shown on these pages leverages your personal Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). DRI is developed and published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and represents the most current scientific knowledge on nutrient needs of healthy populations.
DRI calories are also known as your weight maintenance calories, or the number of calories you need to consume daily to maintain your current weight.
You will also see your total calorie loss for the day. That is determined by:
- Taking the calories you tracked from food and drink
- Subtracting that number from your personalized DRI
- Adding the number of activity calories you tracked
This number is only as accurate as your tracking is! The more complete your tracking is, the more accurate your Analysis will be.
The equation displayed at the top calculates the total daily calorie loss based on your current weight. As you start losing weight, your body needs fewer calories so this number will change over time.
One last important note is that the total calorie loss for the day is determined by your weight maintenance calorie goal, not your custom calorie goal (a.k.a. your daily calorie needs) that you have set for yourself. To see those calorie goals and update your custom calorie goal in both the website and the app, go to Trackers > My Plan. For detailed instructions see the Set Your Daily Calorie Needs article.