I've cleaned up my diet a great deal, although I am far from hitting it just right. No more soda no more chips. If somebody orders a pizza I will have 1-2 slices and not a whole pie for myself. A typical day consists of cottage cheese & wheat toast (or whole grain waffles) for breakfast, a turkey sandwich on wheat with spinach on it with some beef jerkey for lunch, and either chicken, steak, or salmon with veggies for dinner. I snack on cottage cheese & a pear or banana between meals. I drink a protein shake spiked with maltodextin after a workout. Still, on average I am eating 1,500-1,700 calories. For my size, age, and level of activity, I should be eating 2,000 at least. I need to lose a bunch of fat (50lbs) and am losing it slowly, but am concerned my caloric intake is too low and negatively affecting my metabolism.
I do have some dietary restrictions (nuts, legumes, corn, peas, high fiber are a no go for me). Any suggestions on how to better balance/round-out my diet?