I know most people say "don't count calories" and I've posted a question on calories before, but here I go. Sorry, it's a bit long :D
Any of you every find calorie restriction to NOT work?!
I'm still in the process of trying to find out my body's trick to fat loss, and I ended up speaking to lady who owns a Crossfit box and went from 25% BF to 12% in about 10 weeks. I looked at her FitDay and her calories were low (around 1400-1600 a day) and she was LC...her whole thing started with a raw milk fast. I tried to mimic her eating for a few weeks but was always fighting myself to not go eat. In other words, I was starving. Since then I've gone back to eating normally. I cook every meal, everything is organic, hormone/antibiotic free, grass-fed, raw, etc...nothing is processed, with the exception for the 1-2 times a week I have full fat Greek Yogurt or a high quality cheese. I will have a small glass of grassfed, non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized milk about 30-45 mins. or so after a workout (has that yummy cream top :D).
I'll have a glass of red wine a few nights a week...and being in college lets say I "go out" once a week , which means multiple drinks (which means vodka or tequila...occasionally an unflavored brown liquor... with soda water and lots of lime...so still no carb) But lets face it Pre-Med and working with our Football team leaves me sleepy...so going out usually means a glass or two of wine and an hour or two downtown.
I started tracking my intake again to see where I can improve:
Fat intake is usually like 120-150 g a day
Protein in usually between 95-120 g. a day
Carbs usually between 40 and 80 g a day
I usually end up between 2000 and 2500 calories daily. This amount usually keeps me comfortable...but I'm very often hungry even with this amount. When I read THE Primal Blueprint, Sisson made a sample daily menu for a grown woman (Cindy Korg I think? :P) and her "Menu" consisted of about 1700 calories if I recall correctly.
I've been told my intake is too much for a female...especially one who wants to lose fat (but not necessarily lose weight...Id be content 10 lbs. heavier if I had more muscle mass). I will do a 24 hour fast every 10 days or so and usually wont eat for 12-16 hours after my last meal (so if Im done at 9 PM the earliest I will eat is 9 AM...usually. Some days I have coffee with cream before class and will eat when I get home). I am highly active, so I know my calorie needs are higher (I Crossfit 5 xs a week [soon to add a few "two-a-days" in preparation for competition], ride my horse 3-4 days a week, walk the dog almost every day, and walk on campus every day). I will take Wednesdays and Sundays off(will make sure to walk the dog on these days) normally. On these off days I FEEL SO DEPRIVED...I could literally eat everything in sight.
Is the amount I'm eating adequate? Is what I consume too much to ever burn fat? Too little to build muscle?
Also, what is your intake? Macro-ratios? Etc.
Do you even care about your caloric intake?!
Currently I weigh between 152-155 lbs, at 28% body fat. I am a 5'6", 19 year old female...