So, I've decided that it's time for me to bump up my calories to a maintenance level... and it has been really hard. I am active- not just in the way that I work out, but I just have a more "active" lifestyle in that more of my day is standing/walking around slowly (I am mostly in labs during typical daytime hours), so my calorie burn is a lot higher than the 1690 spark assumes it to be... I mean, I have to eat 2,000+ calories a day for maintenance. (SP range right now, with my activity factored in, is 1890-2240)
Well, it is really hard. I can't seem to do that while eating "healthy" foods and wind up indulging more in treats- but those are primarily simple sugars, and I want to be healthy, you know? Not just eating the right number of cals.
My body can't handle a lot of lipids- certain types in specific quantities upset my stomach and make me feel really sick. But also, I don't eat red meats or pork products, and I live in a landlocked area, so getting TONS of protein is hard, too. I can easily get ~90 g of protein when I try to eat to my maintenance- I get that at actually about 1600 calories. But that is with drinking a lot of milk and having my whey protein (not trying to get BIG but am hoping it helps after a workout to keep up my muscles- so I take 1 scoop or 25 g of protein).
Anyway, anybody have any tips of eating to the maintenance level?
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