I will say this, if you are someone who cooks the majority of their own food, then counting calories is not in any way difficult, give you take about 3 minutes each day to think about what you’re eating. Like I said, I use an app on my phone to tally it up and I have saved meals since I tend to eat a lot of the same things. Literally next to no extra effort expended.
For instance, my normal training day meals right now are usually along the lines of:
meal 1: breakfast
1c (dry) oatmeal - use the 1c measure to scoop it out of the container
1c frozen berries - same 1c measure to scoop them out of the bag
1tbsp coconut oil - use a spoon to get it out of the jar, not difficult
2 scps protein
meal 2: lunch
9oz chicken or beef - I actually weigh this, but I have an electronic scale that only requires me to set the container I’m packing my food in on it, press a button, and then measure the food
2c rice - same as with the fruit and oats, scoop it out of the big gladwear with a 1c measure
veggies - I throw a handful of these in, don’t count them
meal 3: training
usually a carbohydrate bar (power bar or finibar or something) - no need to measure and 20g of casein hydrolysate, measured by the scoop in the container. Not difficult.
meal 4: Dinner
I like breakfast supper a lot lately, so it’s usually
2 eggs - no need to measure these
1.5c egg whites - I scramble the eggs/whites in a measuring cup, so I dump the whites out of the carton into the measuring cup up to the 1.5c line, add my eggs, salt, pepper, and whisk
.5c (dry) grits - scoop them out of the bulk storage container with a .5c measure and use the same measure to add the 1.5c water that I cook them in
.5 tbsp kerrygold butter - this is easy for me to eyeball since it’s always about the same amount chopped off of the bar
1 oz ff cheddar cheese- this is easy as well, as it’s about a ping-pong ball sized pinch.
Maybe I’m missing something or everyone else here eats at Golden Corrall for every meal or something, but measuring food when you’re cooking your own meals is far from rocket surgery.