Hey everyone. This is my first post here, so forgive me if I make any mistakes.
I've been working out since late October through a calisthenics routine based off of the Convict Conditioning progressions. I'm going to move onto another book later on.
Since I'm doing calisthenics, I figure I need to take things a little slowly. I'm 22 years old and I weigh about 135 lbs. Since I started working out I've seen significant changes in how I look, but I feel I can do much better considering it's been about eight months and I don't look that much different. Despite that, I've seen some pretty steady progress in my movements. I figure I'm doing things at least a little right.
But I'm lost on exactly how to determine how much fat, carbs, etc. I need to eat and how to choose food to eat every single day. I know I need a variety of foods, but that only seems to make things worse. I'm probably overthinking it, but after reading articles and forum posts I'm still feeling lost. I even have a kitchen scale, but I haven't used it out of forgetfulness.
Here's an example of what I might eat. Please note that I'm a vegetarian, not a vegan, but I figured you guys would know best for me.
Meal 1: Medium glass of milk, one piece of toast with peanut butter, a banana. Maybe some oatmeal instead of just milk.
Meal 2: 1 cup of quinoa, a medium or large bowl of some kind of vegetable, some substitute meat to go with the quinoa.
Meal 3: A glass of milk with 1 scoop of whey powder, some peanut butter, and some kind of fruit such as an apple
I know this is very little. Occasionally I'll throw in some edamame or other beans in between meals, and I eat a little dessert every other day.
I've been more than ready to change things, but for some reason I freeze when I start reading up on this. Up until just before I started working out, I was eating even less and much worse. Now I force vegetables down even if I don't like them, and in the end it feels good. But I know I need more food and I almost desperately want to know how I can change things.
I've heard all kinds of conflicting things. Some examples: Six small meals per day is good / Six small meals per day doesn't give the digestive system enough of a rest. Beans are very good for you / beans have anti-nutrients and you should eat more meat instead. Whole wheat bread is fine to eat / The kind you buy in a store has all kinds of added ingredients and preservatives and might give you cancer / It has anti-nutrients anyway.
I'm really sick of hearing all this and I just want to move forward now. I've been working on eating more, but it's difficult, especially when even these small meals I eat every day fill me up just fine. If there's a single book I can read that will help, I'll read it. Any help is appreciated.