So, I did the calorie counting thing for a few weeks, without making any changes to my diet, to see where I stood with everything, and of course counted to the last M&M to pass my lips. I noticed that for my height/weight, I needed to eat around 1400-1600 calories. However, my diet on a daily basis is only around 1100-1300. I eat small portions during meals and have a snack in-between. That being said, before incorporating exercise, I maintained my 150lbs for the last 6 months without making changes to my diet. Is this because my body is in "starvation mode" and is saving every bit of carb that I eat or is the need to eat 1400 calories wrong to lose weight?
I have a few theories, either my eating is fine and all I need to do is exercise more (which I have been doing) or I need to eat more calories somehow to get above the starvation mode calorie benchmark for me to start losing.
I believe that my diet is not poor to any sort of standard. I eat pretty much all whole foods; whole grain, no preservatives or additives... My plate is 1/2 veggies/fruit 1/4 grain 1/4 meat during meals.
So, final question...If I do need to up my caloric intake, what should I eat/drink to make up for it?
That is all.
P.S. This calorie confusion thing is the main reason why I don't do it. Imputing all the food is time consuming and I would rather spend that time doing more meaningful things like study or exercise. I did it before, but it didn't seem to help. I just do a rough guestimate now, which is pretty accurate. This is just me, I am not bashing on others that do it, it is just my preference.