If your exercise is already factored in, and you range is set, then your range isn't going to change. The reason for a range of 350 for most people, is that some days you eat less, and others more. You may be at 1650 for the day, and at 10 p.m. decide to have an oz. of macadamia nuts ( 204 ) calories, or 2 ozs of cheddar cheese ( 120 ), for a snack. This allows for some leeway. I would just aim for the middle.
Trying to hit an exact number leads to obsessing about what foods you eat. I set my own range at 2000-2500, which is even larger than SP gave me, but around the same calories. I put together 3 meals and a snack, and as long as it is in the range, then my work is done. If the range is smaller, I would have to sit there for 5 minutes, making food choices to fit into this range, eliminating some foods, and adding others.
At 350 calories, it would take 10 days to see 1 lb of difference, so this range is actually not that big. If you lost 2 lbs. in 10 days at 1600 calories, then you would lose 1 lb, if everything else stayed the same at 1950. Most of us don't actually eat at the top of our range daily, so we tend to average about the middle, which is what is intended. Don't worry if you eat 1700 one day, and 1900 the next. The average is 1800, and in your range. As long as you are seeing progress over time, I would just keep doing what you are doing.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0