Your "weight" isn't always a direct result of your calorie intake, in a 24 hour period. This is why we don't recommend weighing in daily. So don't worry about being slightly over range and getting a loss and trying to figure that out. Perhaps the loss is because the 3 days prior you were in/under range and making a deficit. Perhaps it's because you habitually under-eat and finally ate enough to let some fat go. Basically, don't sweat it - see how the longer term trends over a few weeks go.
As for eating under today - once now and then isn't a problem, but how will you go about tomorrow ensuring that you don't eat over like yesterday or under like today?
Have you thought about pre-planning your days? If you track tomorrow today, and then stick to it tomorrow, you will know at all points throughout the day that you're exactly on track for a healthy intake level right in range.
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Once in a while isn't a big deal. The problem is when it's a pattern of behavior, and chronic undereating. Just eat a little more tomorrow to compensate, or don't worry at all. Once isn't a big deal. :)
I know people are always very quick to say "don't go under your calories or you might trigger the dreaded starvation mode"
But if it is *just one day* and it is *just a tiny bit under* then i really don't think you need to worry about anything. i.e. if your range is 1200-1550, and you ate 1600 yesterday and 1150 today? It all averages out over the 48 hours.
Now, some people will go way over their range one day (say, eating 2000 calories) and might be tempted to try and "make it up" by going WAY under (say, eating 800 calories - and being STARVING ALL DAY) the next day. This is not a good idea. If you go over, just start afresh the next day.
But in your situation where you are under only very very slightly? And you are not even hungry? And you ate well the day before? I really really wouldn't stress.
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I came in under my calorie range today. Protein and fats were okay, carbs a little under...is this going to set me back? I know I need to be at at least 1200. Today, for whatever reason, I didn't make it. Will it affect me negatively?
Yesterday I was 44 OVER upper end of calorie range, and weight was down this morning. Go figure.
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