I think what is important is how well you are losing on the 1740 calories. If you are losing at the right pace, then stay there, and just adjust the numbers on your tracker. Maybe 1600-1900. There is a range because some days you will eat 1700, and others 1830, and you want your average to be around 1740, if that is working for you.
Then just adjust your ranges, if you want to stick with SP guidelines. So If carbs are 50 %, multiply 45% ( .45 X 1740) for the bottom of your range, and 55 % for the top of the range, and divide the calories by 4 ( number of calories in 1 gram of carbohydrate ). You would come up with 195-239 grams of carbohydrates. Do the same with fat ( 25-35 % ), and protein ( 15-25 % ). Fat is divided by 9, protein is also 4 calories per gram.
It isn't perfect, but if you are doing well on 1740 calories a day, and your only issue is the amount of calories, these few simple changes will fix your tracker, and you can still get all the other benefits of Sparkpeople, that you enjoy. Make adjustments as needed.
When I started Sparkpeople I ate a low carb diet already, but had no idea how many calories I should be eating. I used the range they gave me for calories, and reset all the macronutrient ranges to fit my diet. That is why Sparkpeople recommends these ranges. For those of us who have no clue what we should be eating. It is to help us, a guideline. Most times it is pretty close. Whatever is working for you, keep doing. In areas where you are not so sure, you can try SP guidelines, and see if they work. I didn't need the ranges for my macronutrients, since I was on a different diet, but I did need caloric advice, since up to then, I hadn't counted any calories. I just ate till I was full. Anything I would have come up with, would have just been a guess, so I used this part of SP's advice, and it has served me well. I still eat around 1850-2200 calories.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4