asana saidDoes anyone count calories? I do, and I typically eat anywhere from 1800-2700 cals in a day, usually with a goal of 2300. I saw a dietician the other day, and she thinks that 2300 is too low, and that I should bring it 2700, with a range between 2300-3000. Full disclosure, I'm seeing her for help with some disordered eating tendencies, but I'm not emaciated (5'10, 167lb). I've been lifting a lot more lately, and am trying to bring my body fat % down from 16 to 12. Does increasing it make sense? It doesn't to me, but then again I am kinda crazy about this stuff. Is 2300 too low?
I count calories all the time. The way I look is by design.
E.g., for breakfast, I had a 1250 calories Serious Mass weight gainer drink.
When I'm in contest mode, I also weigh, and document, in a spread sheet, everything that goes into my mouth. I quantify everything using the USDA PCS 24 database, and a postal scale, or the wrapper (if I'm eating out), or a best guess.
In contest mode, I'll bring my calories around 5500 to support my vigorous activity.
Without knowing your LBM (lean body mass) you can't compute the caloric requirement, so...who knows if you are eating enough, but, at first glance, it sounds low for anyone with any level of physical activity.