"If you tend to eat at the higher end of your calorie range, you will lose less weight and vice versa."
Yeah, this isn't actually true, either. I tend to lose weight better eating mid-range than eating low-range, even though I'm eating more calories.
You have a range because it's actually impossible to know *exactly* how many calories you've burned or eaten in a day. The range isn't all that big, really, and even at the high end you're still eating far enough under your average daily calories burned to lose weight just fine.
Part of this is just psychological, I think. We're so inundated with this idea that we have to follow some strict regiment that when we're given a natural fluctuation we don't know what to do with it. Just like your weight will go up one day and down the next naturally, your food intake can vary from day to day.
The range gives you what your lowest safe calorie intake is based on your current weight, how quickly you want to lose weight, and your activity level. You shouldn't eat less than this or you could cause your body to not want to lose weight because it doesn't feel it's getting enough. The high end is basically the most you should eat in order to meet your weight loss goal in the time you specified. Eating more than this can cause your weight loss to slow, but not necessarily stop all together, it's just you're not creating the same level of calorie deficit.
Part of Spark is learning lifelong skills to eat and be healthy, and there is no *one* number for that. Even Weight Watchers allows (or allowed, anyway, don't know if they still do?), flex points in a day, which is essentially the same thing as your range only here.
Learn to love flexibility and variety and don't let your range become a stumbling block for you. It's all working towards a better, healthier you!
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