I count everything, calories, carbs, fiber, fats, proteins. I need to in order to track because I don't plan my menus and I need to stay on top of how much I eat. I workout hard and I get really hungry. I'm trying to manage the hunger by keeping carbs lower. Instead, I replace them with protein and fats. I try not to go too high with the proteins, which means I eat more fats. In fact, I actually crave them. My diet looks similar to a ketogenic diet, except there are days when I go a little high on carbs.
I don't have a problem with eating this way. However, I struggle A LOT with cutting overall calories. Because I'm tall (5' 10") and I do weight training and Pilates three hours a week plus cardio three times a week, and my lean body mass is 152 lbs., I have calculated that I can eat just over 2000 calories a day and still lose weight, about a pound a week.
I'm happy with that rate of weight loss. If only I could keep my calories down to that. I find that I am still quite hungry in the afternoons and evenings and I let extra fats sneak in. If I try to add other macros, like protein or carbs, they just get added on top of the fats. I eat an average of 150 gm of fat a day, and averaged just under 2500 calories/day. Not losing weight at all now.
I tried increasing my activity, but that just makes me hungrier. If I could figure out why I'm craving so many fats and then address that, my weight loss would actually start happening again!
Anyone else struggle with fat cravings?