Just to complicate things further, the numbers you get from most calculators and formulas are based on people at a healthy weight. In fact most of the formulas were developed using young athletes. The numbers assume that every one of your pounds can use as many calories as every one of a college basketball player's pounds. Unfortunately, nobody knows exactly how great the difference is, but we do know that most calculators recommend too many calories for obese people (and most exercise calculators overestimate calorie burn for obese people.)
As one of the previous posters already noted, 1700 calories is a good base for a woman. It's probably pretty close to what you will need to maintain your goal weight, so learning how to eat 1700 calories of healthy, nutritious food is a good long-term plan. You'll be learning the skills and habits you'll need for maintenance. It's also an amount that will make it easy for you to meet your basic nutritional needs.
And that's why you have a recommended calorie minimum. It's about getting enough food to give you nutrients, not about calories per se. If you're meeting your needs for calcium, protein, fiber, and things like that, you don't really need more just because you exercise. If the exercise makes you hungry, it's okay to eat more so you don't feel uncomfortable, but sticking to 1700 isn't going to hurt you if you don't want to eat more. Chances are good that you're not really burning 900+ calories in exercise on a regular basis; that estimate is what an athlete of your size theoretically would burn doing the same thing. But the athlete's pounds are mostly muscle, and each pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat does. I suspect that Kris hadn't seen your weight ticker when she replied, or else it translated your weight to kilos and she read it as pounds. A person who was close to her goal weight probably *would* need to eat back at least part of her exercise calories just to avoid wearing herself out, but you have plenty of reserves to draw upon.
So the answer is actually in between the two sets of conflicting advice. You *can* replace some of your exercise calories and still lose weight, but you don't absolutely have to. It all depends on how your workouts make you feel.
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