Originally Posted by BigChiefHoho
If you lose weight eating at your calorie goal, then I would try to meet the goal each day if possible just to keep your metabolism up.
The way I see it, everybody plateaus eventually, and generally the simplest way to end your plateau is to cut your calories a bit more. If you're not eating much now, then you're kind of backing yourself into a corner where you can't really drop much farther as you get smaller. I'm currently losing about a pound a week on 2000 kcal/day. When I stop losing, I'll drop it to 1800, then 1600, and so on. If I were only eating 1200/day, I wouldn't have anywhere to go, so I eat as close to my goal as possible so that I have plenty of room when the time comes.
Wow, that's so awesome that you're losing at 2000cal!! I wish I could do that, did you start at 2000 cal and work your way down?
I am like the OP, I always have around 500 cals left over for the day, mainly because after I work out, I add in those cals into MFP, and it tells me I have 500-600 cals left for the day. I use a HRM to monitor my cals, it's the most accurate I can get, but I know it's still not 100%.
I'm not an expert, but I don't really believe in starvation mode. I don't mean this to offend anyone, I understand it can play a slight role in metabolism, but nothing drastic in that we would stop losing. Again, I'm not an expert. I can't deviate far from 1200 otherwise I see a gain, no idea why. I assume it's water fluctuation over time?
I also eat A LOT of veggies, sometimes the amount of 1200 cals of veggies is a lot more than I can consume and I don't feel famished, so I know then my calories will be pretty low. But anytime I start eating regular food (sandwiches, pasta, rice) I start to gain weight and I feel sick, headaches, it's so annoying, so I stick to 1200 cals of veggies/protein/high fat-low carb foods, but I usually never reach the full 1200 cals per day.
1/8/15---> 40-35-43 (179lbs)