Sparkpeople's recommendation is not actually "regardless of exercise". Sparkpeople considers your weekly exercise goal and averages that over a week.
If your goal rate is a pound a week that's a daily deficit of 500 calories.
Let's say that without any exercise added at all, that means you eat 1300+ calories.
If you add 700 calories of weekly planned exercise (100/day), then your range pops up to 1400+ a day so that the daily deficit remains at 500, not 600.
Instead, add 2,800 calories (400/day) of weekly planned exercise, and the range pops up to 1700+.
Spark is not reactive to today's exercise done, so much as this week's exercise planned. But it IS reactive.
(For some people it's not because their goal rate to lose at is simply too aggressive, forcing the site to keep them on the minimum range).
Edited by: UNIDENT at: 3/14/2013 (14:35)
Deb, in New Zealand