Sometimes it's not just about the calories, but about other factors as well.
1) Are you weighing in at the same time every week? Your weight can fluctuate depending on a large variety of things, so it generally helps to weigh in under the same circumstances on a week-to-week basis. Example: In between two weigh-ins- 15 minutes apart from each other- I can drink 1 glass of water, and gain half a pound.
2) How's your exercise been? Sometimes after some intense strength training, especially before a weigh-in, the muscles may retain some water. Additionally, if you're exercising beyond what you're eating, your body may actually be resistant to weight loss.
3) Speaking of water, how have your food -choices- been? Calorie-wise, you sound okay- but how's your sodium intake? Do you have any foods that you may be sensitive to that may cause some bloating to have occurred during your weigh in that you consumed within the past few days before it?
4) Your profile's set to private- so I'm sorry, but I can't tell- there could possibly be some hormonal causes to your gain as well...
However, to directly answer your question:
Generally speaking, the range that SparkPeople provides for you is: (BMR+Average daily calorie burn) plus 100, and minus 250 calories.
Consistently being on the low end of that range shouldn't hurt your weight loss efforts, neither should staying on the higher end, or somewhere in the middle.
There really haven't been any articles I've personally read that have convinced me that calorie cycling is beneficial to weight loss, but some people do find switching it up does help for them-:perhaps its to allow for more freedom in meal planning, or maybe there is something metabolically going on for those it works with.
My recommendation- if you're curious about it, read a bit more about it, and if you want to try any dietary plans, try them. But remember, you want to make sure whatever you're doing is something sustainable in the long run. You don't want to get tired of what you're doing, and be faced with another gain.
I'm sure you'll get it figured out, one way or another!
Edited by: SHINAKO at: 7/7/2013 (11:41)
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Chinese Proverb
Short-Term Goal: 170
Mid-term Goal: 150
Ideal Weight: 120-140
| current weight: 181.0