Sooo… my rooms sometimes gets super messy a few times a year when I get super busy and things just “pile up”. My mom decided to throw a little tantrum and dumped all of my stuff in the middle of my floor. Like… everything. Even things that were in their proper places and tidy. -_____________- So of course I go from being overwhelmed to cleaning up some laundry that I had sorted, to being 59043850435 bajillion times more overwhelmed at having to re-organize everything. What a pain in my ass. My morning was prettyyyyy stressful. It’s shark week too, so I was thinking all these random depressing thoughts. Didn’t help my situation LOL.
But then I went to the gym, relaxed, and now I feel a bajillion times better. I love how awesome a workout can make you feel. :)) Now I’m looking forward to sleeping in about 10min.
Something I did want to discuss though (and hopefully if someone of you would be kind enough to provide me with feedback that would be awesome!). Recently (last week or two) I switched up my diet a bit. Started eating less carbs. I typically already ate low-ish carb, averaging ~150-180g. But now I’m eating ~100-150g, more protein, and a lot more fat. I am in no way in ketosis. I bought ketostix to measure because I was curious LOL.
I’ve read many posts (mainly on paleo/primal/keto/low carb forums) and they say that you should only eat when you’re hungry. They claim this is your body’s way of beginning to burn body fat for fuel instead of carbs, so you don’t need to eat since your body is already fueling itself. It’s a good thing because it means your metabolism is restoring itself. Blah blah blah.
Well… I’m not paleo or primal.. and I’m far from low carb by their standards. But I’m experiencing this lack of appetite for the past few days. Today I basically had to force myself to eat. Otherwise I would have only had like 1200 calories or less for the day. I am simply not hungry.
The problem I have with this is that I don’t believe anyone should be eating less than his/her BMR. I don’t believe anyone should be eating 1200 calories period. But here I am struggling to meet that number. It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s almost like I’m contradicting myself because I always advise people to eat enough calories. Before, I would systematically reach that number. But now it’s a bit more difficult.
And it’s not like I’m low on energy. I have TONS of energy. During my workout I could probably go on for another couple of hours like that if I had to. I even finished off with a few minutes of intensity easily. I did not feel like napping at all during the day (which is kind of surprising tbh LOL.)
This new situation worries me a bit. Like… I don’t want to be undereating. But at the same time what if my body REALLY doesn’t need those calories? I don’t want to forcefully stuff myself either. I’d love to just eat intuitively. But I’m not sure if I should trust my hunger signals (or lack of) right now. Does anyone else lose their appetite during shark week? Usually it’s the complete opposite for me… which is another reason why I’m like WTF o.o
So I guess I’m asking for some advice. Should I continue forcing myself to eat in order to meet my calorie requirements? Or should I just eat when I’m hungry and not worry about it. (I do not have an eating disorder, so I’m not psychologically suppressing my appetite.) Or should I ride it out a couple of days only; only eat when I’m hungry and see if my appetite returns?