I lost a big chunk of weight (about 65lbs) calorie counting a few years ago and since then I have gained a lot back. I've got some medical issues I'm dealing with right now, which isn't helping, but I'm back to trying to count calories strictly and I just can't seem to find the sweet spot...
I'm 27, 5'7 (ish) and 185lbs right now. My lowest weight was 155lbs. I set my calories around 1500-1600 and workout with high intensity circuit training 3 days a week and moderate-high intensity cardio 2 days a week. I'm thinking of increasing my cardio.
My problems are two fold:
1) I never feel hungry and I definitely felt hungry when I lost the first time. Not starving, but that nagging little "I could eat more" feeling. And I was always
ready for my next meal which would be within about 4 hours of the last one. I have no idea if my calories are too high or what, but I can't seem to make myself feel hungry.
2) Compliancy is an issue. I usually end up going over my calories a little and I don't know why. I used to undereat when I lost weight the first time (aim for around 1200 calories) but always "spilled over" a little. Now I can't seem to get myself back to eating below 1600-1700 calories. So there's obviously a psychological piece there...
Any thoughts on where I should set my calories? I always thought your BMR (without eating back any activity or exercise) was a good starting place, but I still don't feel hungry even when I'm compliant. Also, any tips on getting over this psychological hurdle and increasing compliance?