Calories, calories, calories right? No.
I literally don't look at one calorie....ever. I ALWAYS look at the distribution of fats, carbs, and proteins in whatever I'm eating.
At the end of the day, if you go from eating 2000 calories per day and you cut to 1500 calories per day then you are going to lose weight simply because of the cut in calories, but for the most part many people don't have calories to cut from therefore it will make a difference if they are eating 1400 calories filled with carb versus changing that to 1400 calories of a good distribution of all of them. Your body would respond even with the same caloric intake.
The simply truth is that people don't eat near enough on a routine basis, but then they have a weekend splurge and that hurts more than people realize. You just keep spinning your wheels. Get something maintainable!!!
Each week many ladies probably try to have a good breakfast with a breakfast bar or oatmeal or something. Then for lunch, they may have a lean cuisine. They are starving mid afternoon and may have some fruit with almonds. Doesn't that sound like the perfect little healthy day in the life of the American woman? They shoot for 1200 calories a day and they probably hit it but it never gets them anywhere.
It's because of the way that your body metabolizes these different "macronutrients" that you are eating. Your body needs all of them, so the diet that I described above may seem fantastic and healthy but it's so high in carb. If you just eat a "handful of almonds" because they have good fats, then you probably intake like your daily allotment in fats for hopefully something other than gross raw almonds (haha!)
So then you go to myfitnesspal and let them calculate your macros? Another lie. I'm pretty sure they do 50% carb, 20% protein, 30% fat. I can't believe my eyes each time. Based on population norms, you will do better with a 40% protein 35% carb 25% fat ratio or something similar to that and those are percentages of your daily calories. If you start charting what you're eating with macronutrients, I think most would be shocked at what is in those typical foods. Many things labeled "healthy" are misleading and it can get confusing but learning the simple nutrition is a start.
I know the lines all blur together. You think everyone has something different to say, but I'm here to tell you that this works!! I promise!
Don't listen to the calorie lie! Educate, learn, teach, spread the truth!
With love and macros,