How much is the pile? How many calories, and how much exercise do you do?
Without these parameters, no one can tell if you think 1200 calories is too high, or if it is 2000, and you run 5K every day, making that quantity necessary.
I will say that the calories that you can consume and lose weight on is a lot more than you think. We often have a number like 1500 calories that we think is ideal, but never counted the 3 restaurant meals, extra snacks, or the late night Taco Bell run. We counted calories on the days we did good. So if you are gaining a lb a day on 3000 calories in reality, after adding in the extra calories, then a drop of 500 will move you to maintenance, and 500 more (2000 calories ), will help you lose 1 lb a week.
Healthier food will have a greater volume per calorie, so it may take a few days to get used to eating that, but unless you have some specific reason that you think the info is correct, SP is usually spot on.
Give more info, and maybe someone will be at same weight, height, exercise pattern, and be able to say "yes, I am losing at that level", or "wow, you are way high".
Russell - current BMI 32.5
197 - bmi-30
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 242.0