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Weight goes down so does Maintenance amount

DavidRich83DavidRich83 Posts: 16Member, Premium Member Posts: 16Member, Premium Member
Good morning. Iv been messing with my goal settings and something is confusing me. Wondering if someone could shed some light. As my weight has gone down so has the recommended maintenance calories in my fitness pall.
For example at 75kg it was suggesting 2500 calories to maintain but now at 64kg its down to 2100 calories.

Should it not be the same at all weights? Its pretty grim that the more you loose the less you can eat once the diet has finished. Thanks for the help everyone.

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  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 4,576Member Member Posts: 4,576Member Member
    @DavidRich83
    Yes, that’s correct, as your body has less to build & repair in a lighter body - and heat/cool etc, nor pump as much blood (I think.) Others on here know more than I do on this.

    What I found with a 75 lb loss over 3 years is my appetite also decreased. It’s also why many of us walk, lift weights, dance, bike, etc. for Health as well as to maintain our weight loss.) The Nat’l Weight Registry found that most successful maintainers exercise about an hour a day.

    I just Re-read your post. 11kg Loss should not result in 400 fewer calories...

    My 75lb loss resulted in 400 fewer calories a day, but I upped exercise by at least that much as I lost weight.)

    It’s also Much Easier to lose weight when lighter!
  • DavidRich83DavidRich83 Posts: 16Member, Premium Member Posts: 16Member, Premium Member
    @MadisonMolly2017

    Thanks for the reply I'm a bit sketchy on the number I just have noticed whenever I check maintain on the way down it seems to have got fewer and now at 64kg its reccomending 2190.

    Thanks for the info makes perfect sense. I do about 1.5 hours of exercise a day so eating that back helps but also noticed the fitter I get the less calories I burn according to my Apple Watch which again means less food. Probably should tweak a bit as my balance seems to be out as I'm still loosing and really need to switch to maintaining now
  • PAV8888PAV8888 Posts: 6,021Member Member Posts: 6,021Member Member
    Calories Out are always a function of current size (height and weight, quite likely lean mass too though this is not captured by MFP's estimate) and total activity level.

    While 400 Cal does sound a bit much for an 11kg drop, 200 Cal wouldn't.

    Do note that everything is ESTIMATES, and your own results are much more important.
    edited June 2
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 4,576Member Member Posts: 4,576Member Member
    @MadisonMolly2017

    Thanks for the reply I'm a bit sketchy on the number I just have noticed whenever I check maintain on the way down it seems to have got fewer and now at 64kg its reccomending 2190.

    Thanks for the info makes perfect sense. I do about 1.5 hours of exercise a day so eating that back helps but also noticed the fitter I get the less calories I burn according to my Apple Watch which again means less food. Probably should tweak a bit as my balance seems to be out as I'm still loosing and really need to switch to maintaining now

    @DavidRich83
    1.5 hrs of exercise is awesome!
    My Apple Watch did the same. Bad watch! LOL I’ve been trimming some calories here & there, learning to leave food on plate. Even if I eat 5% less of each item, it will add up & be hardly noticeable!

    I’ve read often on this Discussion Board it can take 3 months or longer to figure it all out. I am finding it’s taking some time until I have enough data to figure out my TDEE. I’m also putting on muscle, which is making it a bit confusing. I tell myself to eat prudently & to be patient, keep tracking all ...& eventually I’ll know how much I should be eating & what weight I should be with increased muscle.

    All I know, is I have far more energy than 6 months ago! Nice not to be at a deficit. Body just feels happier.
  • DavidRich83DavidRich83 Posts: 16Member, Premium Member Posts: 16Member, Premium Member
    @sijmoial yeah I think it’s to do with the heart rate and that’s how it measures calorie expenditure. For example I used to burn say 600 calories in an hour on the cross trainer and now it’s down to about 500. So I can only think that it is now basing its calculations on lower heart rate etc
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