I don't. I eat when I think I should eat and try to make those foods count, so I try to eat more satiating foods so that I'm not feeling constantly hungry. I only eat if I really feel I need to and I then put specific sizes of servings on my plate - like approx. 6 ozs of chicken, a HUGE plate of veggies, etc. Then, at the end of the day, I see where I am for caloric intake.
Some days it's 1000. Some days it's 1500. I also don't eat back my calories from exercise which is fairly easy for me as exercise (aerobic) is an appetite suppressant.
Those BMR figures? They are for everyone - who says I'm like the average of everyone? What I have learned by trial and error, is that with being very sedentary, I don't gain or lose when I eat between 1550-1600 calories. That is supposedly lower than my BMR. Obviously, it isn't. I never took the time to figure it all out as it didn't matter to me. I eat only when I feel I need to eat. I eat a reasonable, calorie dense (low carb) portion and reassess if I need to eat more or not. If I do, I do. Otherwise I'm done. And since I'm a living being, some days I'm hungrier than others so sometimes I need to eat more than other days.
If I took a caloric amount as my goal, the I could be eating more than I actually feel I need. Or, end up eating less than I feel I need. Of course, I need to pay attention and burn more than I consume, but sticking to a specific number, for me, is extremely difficult. I've done it... but it can lead to a lot of frustration.
Last edited by berryblondeboys; 05-08-2014 at 02:58 PM.