AdrienneP wrote:9nines wrote:Can you really maintain energy and your physique at 1700 calories?
Right now, yes. I am trying to cut a little body fat (as I said - this whole debate stemmed from my advice on how to lose), so I am maintaining a calorie deficit. When I am not doing this, I maintain at around 2000 calories a day. Actually, I eat 1700 calories about 5 days a week and then another 2 days I bump it up to around 2100 calories. This keeps my metabolism from dropping.
Trust me, I am not currently working out that hard. I lift heavy.. about 3 days a week and I do a little cardio sprinkled in (maybe an additional 60 minutes a week). I sit on my butt all day at work.
You seem to analyze your diet, maybe you can help me. Something that would help me very much: how does one determine his caloric needs?
My hunger is satisfied at around 2200 to 2400 calories a day but I make myself eat more to get an extra 300-700 calories a day.
I have body fat (I have not had it tested in a while but my guess is my body fat percentage is 12 to 14% ), so I am wondering if I really need to add the extra calories (again I do not eat the extra to satisfy hunger; it is merely to add more calories thinking my activity level needs it.)
I am really wondering now because I have had good muscle growth the last two months, as I have increased the intensity of my weigh lifting but my total weight has not change much. Shirts etc. fit tighter, I can tell my muscles are larger but I only weight about 1 to 2 pounds more than I did two months ago and my body fat does not seem to have change (although I guess it had to go down, if I maintain weight with muscle growth.)
Is it just experimenting, or are there any good methods to determine your optimal caloric needs?