So I have done calorie counting before (successfully when I have stuck to it). However, over the last 6 months I have started running which I did not do before. When I calorie counted previously, I never really monitored exercise calories as it was barely active at best. When I started running 6 months ago, I ate whatever I felt like. Only recently did I decide to start monitoring calories with my running. For reference, I have a fitbit. ersan 2 to track heart rate and steps.
I run about 3 miles everday and walk an additional mile on the treadmill. My steps average to 12-13k a day. MFP gives me on average 1000 exercise calories a day.
I have read that trackers can overestimate these calories, so originally I was aiming to eat back about 50% of my exercise calories. I have MFP set to lose .5 lb/week and habe a base allowance of 1550.
Using that I could eat roughly 2000 calories a day. However, I have found myself settling more comfortably around 1800 calories a day. I'm not hungry or noticing any difference in energy at this point.
Based on my Libra app, I am losing 1 lb/week. This makes sense (250 deficit from MFP and roughly 200 deficit from half my exercise calories).
I am 5'5 and 155 lbs currently with 25-30 to lose. My question is: should I more actively try to hit that 2000 calorie mark to lose .5 a week even though I feel fine eating about 1800? As I am approaching my goal, I just do not want to lose to fast or undereat. I am trying to listen to my body, but it has proven a bit faulty in the past (that's how I ended up at 210 lbs at one point) any insight would be appreciated!