Thank you, Boss, for taking the time to lay all that out for me. It does make a lot of sense. So Fit Tracker has my goal weightloss cals at 1,366. That is not correct? I will try harder to get all my cals in!!
In my opinion 1,366 calories, or a similar figure a day for exercising females, is not enough. Apart from anything, as I said recently on here, the body needs things like Vit D, K2, Magnesium and Calcium for Bones as well as Phosphorus, Boron, Vit C, Copper and possibly Silicon and Manganese too.
If you consume too low amounts of these things, you may affect condition and may even cause Osteopenia, (thinning Bones), which is not good, because if you weightlift or run with Bones and joints that become intolrant to pressure, strain, or even mild jarring, then stress / hairline fractures become more likely, nay even enevitable.
Having lower than desirable calories, can promote this, "accident waiting to happen
", scenario, so it is imperitive that adequate calories can be sourced. Plus if the body is losing some weight, it may be some muscle, water and as mentioned Bone density, which are losses that should be prevented or kept to a minmum, because Fat is the order of the day with weight loss.
Also lower calories could provide slightly lower amounts of other things, that aid with Cholesterol levels, Blood pressure, Immune system, Nervous system etc etc.
I advocate around 2,100-2,200 for females, because then you have 1,800, (a sedentary average), plus more for exercise.
As I've said this can be done two ways in my opinion.
350 calorie per meal over 6 meals.
450 in meal 1, 350 in 2,3,4, and 250 in meal 6.If you adopt the tapering off Metabolism approach, as some say it's more revved first thing, but tapers off in the evening, when the body is winding down.
The 2,100-2,200 scenario is a basic one size fits all thing. It cannot necessarily always yield a desirable outcome, because the human body is obviously not congruent from person to person, in respect of the way it's internal mechanisms work, but I believe my stance is a good basis to work from, with tweaks being possible at any stage, where needs be.
Certainly it will better for you I feel to persue a better caloric level, hence why I suggested it.
By the way, you are doing brilliantly at the moment and as always I feel a lot of pride for you, because you're getting real honest results, from real, honest methods and you look fabulous for it and if people like Anna Cruz cite you as an inspiration, then your rolemodel title in my mind is definitely deserved.
Keep up the hard work and keep smiling