Hey guys. This is like the 6th time I've had to try to write this but it keeps getting erased i. the middle of typing so hopefully this makes sense.
I'm not new to fitness but I did fall off the wagon. I've always just ate and worked out and not worried about tracking and ive had results. I'm not too worried about calories (like purposely trying to restrict) but I'm recording everything anyways. So anyways I'm having a few issues. I need input, advice, or explanations that can help me.
1. I work at a kids salon and I am constantly walking around the salon all day and lifting up kids 20+ibs all day and putting them back down. When I get home, most days I rarely sit down longer than 30 mins at a time as I have a child and I'm constantly following her and cleaning etc. Despite this, I dont do anything crazy so I put lightly active excluding work outs. I'm hoping that's correct. I'd rather under estimate than over estimate.
Which brings me to 2.
2. I want to lose weight. I picked 1ib a week at 500 cal defecit to be safe. It calculated a daily caloric allowance before exercise as 1,300- something (can't remember the exact number at this moment)
2a. I am having issues meeting this. I am scanning and inputting everything I eat and most days I come up 200-600 cal short of my goal, without exercise. I'm just not hungry. I feel full between meals and Energized etc. The only time I hit or go over is when I eat fast food or junk food which is getting rarer. Is it ok to eat at an even lower deficit than calculated or will it hurt me? It's hard to eat when I'm not hungry and I don't have many cravings etc.
2b. I'm obviously having a hard time meeting my goal before exercise. Now I dont track ALL of my exercise. This is because I'd rather UNDERESTIMATE cal burned, rather than over estimate. Many of my strength and cardio training exercises aren't on the list and i dont want to record wrong. So. Basically, I know I'm burning more cals than I'm reporting simply because I'd rather under estimate
That being said, the things I do record obviously add cal back to the counter. I'm having a hard time hitting zero or even going over cal, especially when exercise is calculated. I find I'm not really hungry after working out. Though I'm sure its because of doing a protein shake. However it's the only time I do a protein shake is right after workouts and I do minimum dose of it, and if I workout multiple times a day, I only do a protein shake ONCE, usually after the first workout or the most intense workout. Why am I not hungry?
How can I better accurately track things? Have I messed up on setting up my MFP profile? Is a bigger caloric defecit a problem if I feel great and full/energized etc?
Tips, input, explanation or advice anyone?