I have been dieting for a good 25 years now (how sad), so I tend to know around about how many calories and carbs most of the foods I eat have in them. I don't usually track calories because I find it way too tedious to have to weigh and measure my food (I am quite lazy). It also tends to make me a little too obsessive about every bite of food I put in my mouth and all of a sudden I am worrying about the calories in celery...
So, while I don't count my calories, I am still very conscious of what I eat every day. I generally aim to eat about 1000 calories and 50 grams of carbs every day. I keep a bit of a mental tally of what I have eaten as the day goes on to ensure I am on track, but there is a lot of guestimating going on!
Now AJ has been at me for ages saying that I am over-estimating the calories I eat and that I don't eat enough. So I thought I would track what I eat during a typical week for me and see how much I am actually eating and if I need to adjust my calories. I very diligently weighed and measured all my food and counted my calories for four days. The results are below...
Tuesday 25 September
Calories: 897 Protein: 77 Fat: 47 Carbs: 31 Sugars: 14
Wednesday 26 September
Calories: 694 Protein: 54 Fat: 39 Carbs: 35 Sugars: 15
Thursday 27 September
Calories: 715 Protein: 75 Fat: 47 Carbs: 31 Sugars: 17
Friday 28 September
Calories: 717 Protein: 64 Fat: 46 Carbs: 24 Sugars: 16
OK, so bloody AJ was right, I really should be eating a bit more. Especially as I do at least an hour of exercise 5-6 days a week. No wonder I feel like I am dragging my legs through cement some days.
The problem is that I do get hungry a lot, but I have been binge eating and starving for so long now that I really don't know when I am genuinely hungry. I am also scared that once I eat a little bit more that will open the floodgates and then I will just keep eating and wake up and be 130 kilos again. I just don't trust myself.
So I am going to keep going along eating similar to how I have been for the past few months, because it does work for me, but I am being more lenient with my portions of things like nuts, cheese, olives, avocado and peanut butter because those are all foods that seem to keep me fuller and give me engery (plus they are delicious). Who am I to complain about a pre-workout tablespoon of peanut butter!