Something which i want to tell you all, from my own experiences is to not count calories. That was one mistake which i have learnt from. A few months ago (i.e maybe 7 months ago) i started using MyFitnessPal. As i didnt really know how much i should eat (or i knew my BMR) as i wanted fatloss… but at the same time muscle gain (its hard to achieve both at the same time!! Though now as i understand it, periodic fasting is a good way to achieve both at the same time.)
MFP put my net calories as 1580 (though my BMR is 2305 ). And i used MFP for about 2 months, At first i mostly forgot to put in what i ate, but after a while i became slightly obsessed with it. I had to put in every calorie i ate, and got anxiety if i didnt know how much i had eaten, or forgotten to post what i ate. I was eat a net of 1200 because i didnt want my calorie to be at my actual net calories or to go over that line. So i ate under it. Which was a mistake. If i felt hungry, i wouldnt let myself eat because it would put me at too much calories… basically that continued for roughly 2 months. Until i decided, enough was enough. Food isnt the enemy, and i shouldnt be restricting myself to numbers. And i knew very well that i wasnt eating enough, but because of the calories i didnt want to eat more. So i broke free from the calorie counting.
And since then, ive had a much healthier relationship with food – once again. I now eat until im food. I eat when im hungry, and even sometimes just when im bored. I know i need to eat alot, and when im not calorie counting i believe i actually am eating enough for my body. I listen to my body and give it energy. And thats the most important thing.
For me, i had put my body back into starvation mode. And i wasnt seeing any progress. Infact the opposite. I was constantly bloated, and i think i had began storing fat (which the body does when its in starvation mode) and i just wasnt feeling so happy – iwas feeling tired and depressed. I was eating too little.
But now when im eating just from my bodies signals, i have seen progress. Both muscle gain and fatloss – i am not as bloated as much. And am alot more toned.
I know how easy it can be to get stuck in the whole calorie counting thing, but take it from me. You dont need to count calories. You can still lose weight/gain muscle /tone up from just listening to your bodies signals.
I mean your body doesnt have a calorie counter, it doesnt know whether your getting 300 calories from fruit, dried fruit and PB or getting it from a cheese burger. As long as you eat healthy eating 200 calories more or 200 calories less isnt doing you any harm. Being precise with the number of calories you eat might not always be so good, and can lead to a plateau.