Originally Posted by Beanie
Fat won't kill you as long as your calorie count is still well within healthy ranges. Adding avocado in is a great idea and has been suggested to me multiple times. Unfortunately I have yet to figure out how to eat a bloody avocado.
You're not alone, I too think it's really hard to eat enough if I'm just eating what I'm supposed to be eating. It's taking a very real physical toll on me. I'm tired all the time now because I'm asking my body to outperform what I've been feeding it. I've stopped gaining muscle. If I carefully feed my body before a run I'm good, but trying to do a run in the afternoon when I haven't meticulously planned for it is incredibly hard.
It's not easy. I will say don't try to make up the calories by adding more rice - you're adding more carbs and that's not helping you out any. Two cups is a LOT! And you probably feel like crap afterward.
I know chicken is really cheap and that's why I eat a lot of it too, but a beef or pork stir fry instead of chicken will do better for you (I don't like beef but I will eat pork.) The days I eat pork my calorie count is MUCH better than when I don't.
Try removing a lot of the grains from your day. No bread at breakfast, just meat and fat. If you like eggs, eat at least one with your breakfast, two is better.
For your snack, unless that apple is super tiny it's more than 50 calories. A medium apple is almost 100. You might be not counting your other calories properly either so doublecheck all that. If you can find nuts you like better than that oat bar, swap it out. Almonds, pistachios, pepitas, sunflower seeds, cashews, all of these will be better for you.
Absolutely no pasta or bread for dinner. If you HAVE to have bread then eat it with breakfast. Don't do it for dinner. Try to avoid rice at this point too.
Also look into adding a shake. Drink it right after your workout while you're cooking lunch. You can buy a whey powder and make it a protein shake or just go straight for a shake. Banana, tablespoon or two of coconut oil, ice, and mix it up. Add other berries and fruits if you want. Some people also add spinach; avocado can be slipped in here too.
Shake: Medium banana + 1 tbsp coconut oil = 200 calories, or banana + 2 tbsp coconut oil = 300 calories.
Late lunch: Chicken avocado/basa fillet, two eggs - about the same, 600 cals
Snack: Medium apple, quarter cup of nuts (or if you can tolerate dairy, add in a few ounces of full-fat cheese) - 300 cals
Dinner: 6 oz of chicken, cook in coconut oil if you can - 300 calories.
And way less carbs.