In cruising various dieters blogs – the people who are keeping track anyway, I notice calorie counts are low.
Too low. I could never live on 1200 calories a day. The lowest calorie intake I can handle is 1500, and this varies hugely, Generally between 1500 and 2500 calories a day, and keeping the fat down to 20%. (this may change. I’m older now, and the last time I dieted, I kept the fat calories down too low, at 15%, and my gallbladder pitched a fit. Wound up in the ER over it).
I allow the variation because my routine changes. One day I could be running around like an idiot, and thus be hungrier and need the fuel. I don’t believe in depriving myself. And when I’m PMS’d, forget it. PMS time is danger time: if I’m gonna blow it, this is when I’ll blow it.
And some days, I’m simply hungrier than others.