I am 48 and am working on losing some weight. All of the information I read tells me of the importance of maintaining a caloric deficit, which I understand. I am also doing a reasonable amount of exercise most days, which I would like to keep doing (more details below). My challenge is that when I try to maintain this caloric deficit, I just feel like I have no energy for exercise.
In terms of working out and lifestyle, here are the details. I am 48 and I work in a field where I sit in front of the computer most of the day. So That is certainly one challenge. But I also workout in a variety of ways during the week. So I do laps in our apartment pool, as well as lift weights, walk a lot, and do some calisthenic/kettlebell exercises during the week. I try to split the cardio and weight training on different days.
I was trying to be more restrictive at first, and that seemed to be working. But then I ate just a little bit more one day, and just felt so incredibly hungry after that. So it made me realize that I was undereating and my body was not recovering as it needed to. So I certainly needed to eat more than I was, but I was not sure how to maintain this calorie deficit in that case.
Right now I am trying to focus on the quality of food, ensuring my carbs are high fiber, etc. I am also experimenting with eating a bit more on weight training days and a bit less on swimming/cardio days. I also probably need to incorporate more healthy fats, as I worry that all those extra calories add a lot of calories.
But does anyone have any good suggestions about how to handle maintaining a calorie deficit while still being active?