I've been using the Lose It! iPhone app for a few months now and it seems I'm pretty consistently well under my daily calorie budget, even on days when I'm very careful to get the measurements right. By several hundred calories actually.
Male Age: 24 Height: 5'8" Weight: 150 lb
The app estimates I should get 2121 Cal per day to lose 0.5 lb per week (not that I need it). Also, I haven't lost weight in the past 3 months, despite being under my calorie budget. However, I work out (weight lifting) about 2 or 3 times a week, so I may just be replacing fat with muscle.
Anyway, some days my fiancée is concerned or even annoyed by how seemingly low my calories are. I'm not starving myself at all, and I don't feel hungry at the end of the day. So I'm wondering what's going on here - am I measuring wrong, or maybe my daily budget is wrong? Am I risking my health in any way?
Here's yesterday's food log:
Orange: 52 Cal Banana: 105 Cal Fzn Lunch: 300 Cal Pretzels: 167 Cal 6 oz Mahi: 185 Cal 1 Artichoke: 60 Cal 1/2 Mango: 70 Cal 1 Bag Popcorn: 99 Cal Light Yogurt: 80 Cal More Pretzels: 83 Cal Few Almonds: 34 Cal Another Yogurt: 100 Cal Total: 1,337 - 784 under budget. And yes, I'm totally 1337.
On the surface it looks crazy. But honestly, it's mostly because we don't usually eat a starch with dinner, because we snack on carbs (like pretzels, popcorn, cereal) a lot instead. There are of course some days where it's not as bad, where I go out to a restaurant or something, but even then I'd still be like 200 under budget. So far today, I'm at 1,206 Cal eaten, and I'm about to go work out (I'll eat a bit more after). If I wanted to hit my budget most days, I think I'd have to snack way more than normal, and I feel like I'd start gaining fat if I did. So what's the deal here?