Hey guys,think it's my first time posting on this section of HealthUnlocked,so Hi,so to start, food and I have always had a love hate relationship in recent years,been a comfort eater, being a carer for both my parents(dad has MS & mother has severe heart failure) I tend to always feel stressed or tense.
So throughout this time for the past 10 or so years,I always turned to food for comfort because I am just not one to sit in a room and talk to someone about my life problems(stiff upper lip and all that).
Prior to 2014 my diet was rubbish,just ate junk did not care what I was eating and I gained a ton of weight,my biggest was 21 stone(294lbs) at this point I was really starting to feel guilty about my weight.
New years came and went,so one day I woke up and thought hey,it's time to start losing weight,I went out bought healthy food,started weight training in the house, downloaded myfitnesspal,and input my hight weight,and went on my journey.
I had a drive I never had before, I was motivated but had no real idea where that type of motivation was coming from,and yeah it felt great.
During that time,I was even more stricter,eating 1400 Cals sometimes 1300Cals,going over would make me feel guilty, so by March 2016 I had dropped down to 12 stone 10lbs(169lbs) it was a drastic weight loss. People started saying i looked ill yadda yadda yadda.
Then by the end of 2016 I started questioning my self as to why I was losing weight,I started to become down(I wont say depressed because I never went to the Drs or shrink or anything).
Started eating junk food again, started to get even more guilty about it,and started to self harm(a year and half clean now), a mixture of the guilt of letting my self go again and just hating life again. So my mood went from being on cloud 9 to being in hell again.
2017 was pretty much a year of being up and down as was 2018,during this time,I was eating junk food and put eeeeeverything I lost back on, I have always had mood swings,well since I became a teen and into adulthood,is what it is.
So here we are in 2019(im trying to cut the story short otherwise I might as well write a book) I started back on my "diet change" last Sunday(16/6/2019) and it's been going well.
My mood is fine,I feel a bit of that old motivation like before, I have started to train in the gym rather than in the house(change of scenery) So started from scratch all over again punched my numbers into myfitnesspal,and it says I should be looking at eating about 1840 odd Cals a week.
But I have cut that number down to 1500cals a week,I do not eat any less then that,nor do I eat any more than that either,it's exactly 1500 cals. I go the gym 4x a week,spend an hour there,30 mins cardio 30 mins strength.
The question is should I actually be eating more? as it is I eat every 3 hours,and I feel like I eat a lot now,let alone adding another 300 calories on top. I set my meal plan out for a week an example of 1 of the plans is like this:-
9AM (200cals) Protein Granola & unsweetened almond milk
12AM (276cals) Liquid egg white(1cup) Crackerbread,Philadelphia Light(spread),Roast turkey breast slices.
3PM(425cals) Wrap,roast turkey breast slices,cassava snacks(like a crisp/chip) chocolate fudge brownie(90 calories brand)
6PM(421cals) Chicken Jalfrezi & Mango & Passion fruit fat-free yogurt for desert)
9PM(178cals) A meal replacement protein shake.
So that's an example of todays meal plan,if I am training that day the morning granola is replaced by a protein shake after the gym, I tend to look for alternatives to certain foods,as they are lower in calories,and you are able to eat more of said lower calories for example cauliflower rice.
In the long run,I am not 100% sure as to whether it's a sustainable amount,and I am still on the fence of lose weight first /pack on muscle after(loose skin will no doubt be an issue and give me a bit of a body complex too),as I have done it before,but granted I was eating less at that time.
And I am also on the fence about introducing a cheat day,once a month,at the end of each month have a day,where I eat what i want without calorie counting,but obviously back to normal the next day.
Sometimes my moods do dictate my diet basically,when I am "Down" when i am in that crappy place,I just shut my self out from everything and self loath my existence,but when I am "good" I kind of become obsessed and just run with the ball until my legs drop off basically.
Sorry for the long post,I think i might of gone off track a bit so incase you got to this point and forgot what the hell it is i am actually asking.
Question: Is 1500 Calories enough for a 6ft male who now weighs 19 stone 11lbs (dropped 7lbs(probably water weight) this week.