I cant seem to post anywhere else and I dont know where this should go.
So I have been very into nutrition lately. (about time right?)
I mean I used to try and log everything I ate on paper, but it was too hard. And going on to my computer and logging it was a pain. But myfitnesspal app with the barcode thingy has made it sooo easy!!!
So I log everything.
And I have some questions.
I weigh 128 lb.
using a calculator online, it told me I should eat around 2,374 a day just to maintain my weight. Add 500 to gain a pound. minus 500 grams to lose. Right?
1) How accurate is this, because there are people my age, my height who eat the same amount as me and are quite fat. And they claim they are eating the same amount of calories as me so what gives?
2) my goal use to just be to have 1 protein per pound of body weight, but im learning there is more. so after using the app for a few weeks I discovered that I actually go way over my fat amount. While many people used to tell me "Your skinny, have peanut butter!" But having it caused me to go over my fat intake for the day. I now only eat it if the end of the day has come and I still have some fat to intake. Was this smart of me or not?
3) Is yogurt a good source of protein? Some say it adds fat to the body and should be avoided... there are only so much snacks with protein!
4) Now my fat intake and protein intake are almost perfect and I get my protein from fish, chicken, and eggs, yogurt (still) and whey protein powder. Are there some quick snacks I can make to ensure I get it in? besides protein bars which are becoming costly.
5) my biggest problem now actually is... carbs! I dont get enough. does that mean I can eat crap or I need more fruits and veggies?
6) lastly sometimes I complete my fat, carb, and protein intake for the day but it says I still have some more calories to go!? what are those?! veggies?
im guessing I dont have to take this prescribed amount so seriously, but I am trying to learn how my body works and what I can do to help myself bulk up a bit.