Here’s the background:
I wasn’t very overweight to begin with, so I never bothered with a food scale or anything. I knew my calorie counts wouldn’t be super accurate but it worked perfectly anyway. From August through December of 2019, I lost a bit over 20 pounds and was happy with the results.
Throughout, I’ve used MyFitnessPal to track calories. It’s not like I’m tracking food I don’t eat; on the contrary, I sometimes don’t bother to track if I go over my limit.
I was steadily losing 1 pound per week during my weight loss, on 1200 calories a day.
In December, when I decided to switch to maintenance, I was 130lbs with a waist circumference of 29”.
I’ve been eating 1700 calories a day (or so I thought?) I weighed myself weekly and started to see a very slight downward trend, but dismissed it since it was so small.
Well, it hasn’t stopped. Yesterday I weighed in at 126.2lbs – lower than ever before, and still continuing the steady downward trend. Not only that, but my waist circumference has somehow gone down to 27.5”.
To illustrate my activity level: I go on 1-2 hour leisurely walks a few times a week and work out sporadically (like for less than 20min at a time and less than once a week). I do outdoor chores but that’s for less than 5min a day, and on days I don’t intentionally go for a walk, I get embarrassingly few steps in.
Either my TDEE is higher than I thought – which seems weird, considering my intentional rate of weight loss showed otherwise – or I’m eating fewer calories than I thought. Or something else I haven’t thought of is to blame.
I’m so confused.