Am I eating enough? Am I eating too much? This is something I am always asking myself. I've also done a lot of research on the subject, specifically reading about the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and how many calories my body would need if I were in a coma. That number, for me at this point in time is right around 2000 calories. To maintain my current weight, I need to eat roughly 3800 calories, with no exercise. If I exercise, that number goes up.
What do these numbers mean? They mean, my body needs 2000 calories to function at my current weight. I shouldn't really eat below 2000 calories, otherwise, my metabolism can slow down and go into a "starvation" mode of thinking. That mode, will cause me to have days where I feel like I am famished and want to eat everything.
I felt that way yesterday. Around 2pm I wanted food. I had eaten lunch about two hours before that. A pretty decent sized lunch, too. So, I took out my food journal and figured out my net calories (calories in vs. out for exercise) for the past 5 days; 1706, 876, 1185, 1167, 582... Anyone can tell, those numbers are WAY too low for my body to function. When I realized this, I ate some almond butter on my celery and had a bit of pasta. I felt tons better.
It also lead me to rethink what I'm doing, eating wise, and what I needed to do, so I don't go through that cycle again. The goal? Eating right at 2000 calories and taking a deeper look into how I'm feeling - both hunger and mood. I know I don't want to starve myself to do quick weight loss. I want lasting weight loss. I didn't gain this extra weight overnight. I am realistic that I won't lose it overnight.