Am I Counting Calories Right?? (or: What Do You Eat?)

Really- I’m asking: am I doing this right?

I have an app, I put in what food I eat and the amounts, and it calculates how many calories I’ve eaten and what percentage of my food is carbs, fat, protein, and so on. I read a lot of reviews when choosing an app, and this one was one of the top few. I chose it over the other top one because it syncs with my activity tracker.

The reason I’m unsure if I’m doing it right is because, as far as I know, the average amount of calories consumed by an adult in one day is around 2,000. I have a weight loss goal and the number of calories I’m supposed to eat is just over 1,300. But on a pig-out day when I’ve overeaten at every meal, I’m still just around that, and on regular days when I just eat til I’m not hungry I can’t get over 1,000 calories.

If I’m doing something wrong, I’d like to know it so that I can do it right and reach my weight-loss goal. If I’m doing it right, I want to know: what in the world do people who eat over 2,000 calories eat?! I’m not being ugly, just really curious! Is it restaurant food? Does it make that big of a difference? Or is it soft drinks?

For example, today was a piggy day. Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast: english muffin, sausage patty, large egg, cheddar cheese, mayo, 3 cups coffee; 530 calories

Lunch: 17 oz coconut water, 2 slices honey roasted ham lunch meat, 8 cucumber slices; 162 calories

Dinner: southwest rice pilaf, steamed broccoli; 269 calories

snacks through the day:

shot of whiskey: 64 calories

red wine: 300 calories

1 oz colby cheese: 110 calories

That adds up to 1,435 calories but I can’t imagine eating any more than I did today and alcohol adds a LOT of empty calories (I ate more than I wanted and drank more than I should’ve) Yes, I was over my 1.300, but I ate way too much and still not close to 2,000!

So either I’m missing something, or I just have a really tiny stomach and a really slow metabolism.

How about you? What do you eat and how many calories do you eat a day? Am I doing this wrong?

Posted on April 1, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hmmm… Have you ever had your TH levels checked? Just curious if maybe an under active thyroid is causing a lower than usual appetite. i really think the calorie recommendations are geared toward the average person, and it’s safe to assume the average person in America is consuming larger portions / more calorie dense foods. Every metabolism isn’t going to fit into the “recommendations” as your hormones and body chemistry are unique to you. Maybe focus on adding cardio everyday? Interval workouts are the best way to rev up metabolism.
    Wish I had the problem of not being hungry enough 😄
    Here’s what I ate yesterday, not sure of the calorie count, but just to give you an idea of what someone else eats (keep in mind I am eating for two)
    Breakfast: 1 serving oatmeal and fruit
    Snack: nature valley granola bar and a small price of grilled chicken
    Lunch: 4 stalks of celery with almond butter and raisins on them. Cup of yogurt.
    Oatmeal cookie
    Dinner: spicy chicken curry with rice (probably about 3 servings). I overate but it was sooooo good!

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