No, not always. I lost quite close to that for an extended period of time eating a bit more than 1550 calories a day, but I was also doing an extensive amount of exercise at the time. Nothing ridiculously intense, but a lot of it, up to 90 min a day.
Edit: It feels, just based on comments here, that SP tends to pop people (women, anyway) into 1200-1550 almost by default when they choose 2 pounds per week, regardless of their current weight or activity level. My range was always higher than that, but I only had put in 1 pound per week, though my actual loss was greater.
2 pounds per week would be considered on the aggressive side based on your weight loss goal, so you'll need a very large change in your calories burned goal to bump you up into a higher calorie range. I'm not sure how much you currently weigh, but 1.5 pounds per week might be more reasonable- and will give you more calories to eat daily.
Here's an article about how we calculate your calorie range that you might find helpful:
I have 65 pounds to lose - it's in my tracker in my signature.
I put in 1.5 pounds and that is slightly elevated and seems more reasonable. My problem was having the range adjust based on exercise and I go so used to being able to eat a lot on my non-workout days that I had trouble staying in my range. I kind of let it get out of control last week.
It just seemed like no matter how much I weighed and how much exercise i did, it put me in the 1200 range. I don't want to under eat because of the type of exercising I am doing this time.
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That depends. The less you have to lose, the more likely you are to be unable to reach that 2 lb per week. Someone who has just 20 lbs to lose can't expect to lose 2 lbs per week, so the only way mathematically to reach that amount is to dip below 1200... since that's not safe, and SP doesn't allow it, it throws you in the minimum safety range.
Try putting in a more reasonable 1-1.5, and see what it does. What's your total amount to lose? A good rule of thumb is about 3% of your total weight loss. That would mean at 50 lbs to lose, you can safely lose about 1.5 lbs a week. At 20, that number drops to .5-.6. If you set a goal that's too aggressive, you can't get it out of that range (and that sounds like what you may be experiencing here.)
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