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calculation question cindysilvia — Sep 28, 2018 09:28AM PDT

I have my goals set up in order to lose 2 lbs per week and myfitnesspal generated that i could consume 1200 calories per day to do this. When I completed my diary yesterday I was under calories and it said that if everyday were like today, i would have lost 5 lbs in 5 weeks. The day before I was over calories and was told i would lose 4.9 lbs in 5 weeks at that rate. I understand that you are not able to recommend less than 1200 cals per day for women but if that is what I consumed, shouldn't the calculation on estimated weight loss at this pace be correct? I would like an explanation on this.

Thank You,

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Sep 28, 2018 09:32AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. The program has a limit to the minimum number of calories we recommend per day. We have designed a program to help with healthy and sustainable weight loss. We do not recommend that women consume fewer than 1200 calories per day, or men fewer than 1500 calories per day. Eating too little can produce negative health effects.

This is why that even though you have your profile set to lose 2 pounds a week, you do not see that reflected in the 5 week prediction, as MyFitnessPal will not give you a goal under 1200 Calories.

However, these are calculations, and weight loss varies for each individual. We have had members report more of a weight loss than the calculations originally estimated. We recommend staying within your daily recommendations, and see what happens.

If you ever feel you are having a problem with your weight goals, we recommend contacting your doctor or nutritionist. If your doctor is recommending a diet of fewer than 1200 calories, please let us know and we’ll advise you of the means to customize your goals.

All the best,

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