Counting calories vs. Low-ish carb, and trouble getting all my calories in.
OK. I have always struggled with eating enough, I usually feel if I am not eating too little, then I am eating too much. And I guess I have the mentality that if I am not suffering, then I am not losing (also the less I eat the better). I know that all those things are not true, and the body needs a certain amount of calories in order to function properly...So why then am I having an almost anorexic mind-set of "the less I eat, the more weight I will lose". I am almost convinced of the previous statement...PLEASE TELL ME IT IS NOT TRUE! Today I have consumed only about 600 cals, and I know I will not be able to squeeze in more than 500-600 for dinner. (I am supposed to be eating at least 1700 daily).
I have also recently upped my activity level, and changed my routine. I have been pretty active through this entire thing (30Dshread, 3mile walks, gym a few times a week, misc. dvds) but now I am going to the gym at least 5X a week, doing some sort of cardio almost every day, doing a kettle bell work out at least 3x a week, and some other resistance training at the gym.
Here are the (dreaded) questions:
1)Is 1700 calories sufficient given my weight of 195, and above activity level?
(Precursor to next question): I calorie count obviously, but I also eat moderately low carbs because low carb seems to be near the only effective way for women in my family to lose weight. (I am by far the smallest, at 195).
2)Given that I seem to have trouble making my calorie goal, can I eat more carbs without gaining? Will I see an initial gain.
I have trouble understanding calorie counting. Like if I stay at or below my calorie goal, in theory I can eat anything...but is that a fact?
For instance: One day I have eaten 1300 calories of healthy food, I have 400 remaining...Can I guilt-free have a donut?
I know that I rambled, and I am not sure if this post will be hard to understand, but please try to help...I am SO confused.
Thanks in advance ~Sara.
Remaining Mini-Goals: 199:  189: 179: 
169:  162: (100lbs lost)  159: (going to see surgeon/reevaluation)