The amount of calories I should eat in order to lose weight has always eluded me.
The only time I have ever lost significant weight while monitoring calories was when I exhibited eating disorder-like behavior - eating 1,000 calories a day or less. Freaking out about counting everything, was hungry/woozy 24/7 and would have insane cereal binges when no one was watching. I dropped about 25 pounds, putting me at 140lbs, while I'm a 5'9 broad shouldered/wide hipped female...I looked very skinny despite my weight not being drastically low.
Anyway! Once my eating habits normalized, I gained about 40 pounds back..then stabilized at about 170, where it has more or less stayed ever since (this is over the course of 3 years).
Now I am eating a primal diet on a leangains IF protocol (been primal for half a year without any noticeable weight loss, just started the 16/8 IF on Monday). The leangains method calls for counting calories..which I am fine with. I'm just not sure how to properly determine an acceptable caloric goal for me on workout days or rest days!
I'm also borderline hypothyroid, which I take 200 mcg of selenium for daily and it appears to help..I also take dessicated thyroid some days. I assume this influences how many calories I'll need to eat to lose fat, and every website tells me something different.
What recommendations do you guys have? Anything? Does 1600 on rest days, 1800-1900 on workout days sound about right? Too much? Some calculators tell me a lot more, some a bit less, so this is my attempt at splitting the difference.
On a rest day right now..ate a little under 1600 calories in the 8 hour feeding window and feel SUPER hungry an hour out of it. Sticking it out with carbonated water.