I'm a complete noob looking to get in shape and shed some fat. I am currently at 85kgs standing at 5ft11 with approximately 18%-20% bodyfat. I work out 3 times a week with compound exercises, but I am unsure about my diet.
Now, I have for the last 3-4 years led a sedentary lifestyle with little activity and ate twice a day. I am a college student, so I would often get little sleep and loads of large portion meals at odd times of the day. According to my calculations I would consume <1500 calories almost every day with a little bit of fruit and vegs thrown in.
Most interestingly, I have barely changed in size in the last 4-5 years. I have sustained 85-87 kgs with some fat here and there. Now that I have started working out, I see people calculating BMR and daily calorific needs, and according to online calculators, my calorie intake should be around 2500-2800.
The problem is this - I always believed that I stuff myself too much, but having calorie counted for the last week, I realise that on a normal day I eat <1500. I do not particularly feel sick or lifeless (probably damaging myself in some other way).
Now, am I doing something wrong here or should I simply be eating more? I feel like the furthest I can push is maybe 2000 calories if I add in a large breakfast, but then I simply cannot eat that much. Probably being a pussy about this, but I don't feel all that well when I eat a lot. Add exercise to this and I should be eating even more.
Is my inability to eat more a result of poor habit or am I normal? How the hell do people eat 2500 calories a day?
Thread: Calorie Intake Question