27yr old male
I'm curious to see if other people have experienced this kind of situation: Yesterday I woke up, ate breakfast. Went to the gym and rocked a quick WOD (Fran). Ate lunch. Later I did a 2 mile run in which I incorporated 100 pushups. Ate dinner. Daily intake amounted to:
Cals 2524 Fat 138 g Carbs 196 g Protein 184 g
This morning I hit the gym and did a strength WOD with some lungewalks and wall balls. After breakfast and lunch, my totals were
Cals 2394 Fat 155 g Carbs 154 g Protein 156 g
(I know the whole calorie thing is either smiled or frowned upon. Just depends on which camp you fall under. I tend to track my calories every third week to see where I'm at macronutrient-wise)
Have any of you had this happen? I felt like I started eating at 8am and didn't put the fork down until Noon. And I can defnitely say I'm looking forward to picking that Fork back up in an hour or two for dinner :)
From what I understand, this is perfectly normal. And yes, some days I will eat what I'm sure is a large amount of calories (I don't count), and the next I won't be hungry and I will inadvertently complete an IF by not eating until 2 or 3p and then have a normal dinner. It tends to cycle, though I don't pay as much attention.
Seems like you do a pretty meticulous job of tracking your macro intake and making sure you've got your glycogen stores up for intense workouts. If you don't feel lethargic or sick and you aren't having trouble sleeping, then no problem!
This is by no means scientific, but if you think about it, paleo peeps would probably not have a clockwork-like caloric intake anyway, so we should be well-adapted to it and it may even be beneficial to alter caloric intake--think IF or hormesis.
I have had it happen, but I intentionally cycle my calories. The difference between a high day and a low day for me is about 400-500 cals. I feel good on high days and low days. As for the difference in calories that you consumed over two days, it appears to be only 130 cals. That's a small variation and I wouldn't worry about it at all. Tracking calories is not a perfect sceince anyway and involves a margin of error. For me, I would call 2500 and 2400 "close enough", especially if you're not trying to lose or gain weight.
Most importantly, how do you feel?
Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson (and others) tell us to look at a larger picture. How are you averaging out over a week? over a month? If you have a cheat day or grab some junk food one day, eat better the next couple of days, and let things even themselves out. And whatever happens, don't worry about it, the worry will do more damage than overeating or undereating for a day ...