I'm really liking McDougall plan so far . . . The hardest part for me was giving up alcohol.. but haven't had a beer in a month now and it's summer!
I should really look into McDougall's plan, especially since you've mentioned it before. I love beer so, so much. It is part of my weekly cheat meal. Though I suppose I am willing to cut it out for the sake of my goal... Just like your quote says...
. . . 'Everything in moderation' is one of the key ideas in a healthy diet. I would cut down on the processed soy before cutting down on the less processed soy. Tofu and soymilk are safer than faux meats. Still, try to find alternative foods that you enjoy eating. Beans? Peas?
I do love beans and peas, but they tend to be higher calorie. Like DrBro says below, I probably need to let go of counting my calories and focus on listening to my body. However, its hard, since I really fear seeing the number on the scale increase. I wouldn't mind weighing more, provided that I stay about the same size physically, and exchange my remaining fat for muscle.
Right now I average between 1600 - 1700 calories per day... Is that too few? Will I see better results by eating more? Will the results be different if I substitute things like beans/peas/whole foods for tofu/seitan/Beyond Meat/etc.? I confess I am a little lost in my diet.
I agree with Fallen_Horse on this one; Cut back not only on tofu, but also processed foods in general. 30-40% seems like a very high percentage. As far as food intake goes, you should definitely experiment a bit. I used to eat around the same amount as you back when i counted calories, and eventually my body just hated me. My weight stayed the same and I couldn't put on muscle. I know it can be a bit scary, but the best thing I ever did was stop counting calories and began listening to my body.
I know what you mean about the body hating itself... I find that I get much more tired easier than when I ate more; what a concept, right? Did you find that your muscle increased, and fat % decreased when you added more calories? My weight is still dropping, but much more slowly than before - I've been stuck at around 163 - 165 for weeks now. Is there a point where the numbers game just stops working?