One will be exact, but a huge pain in the ass. The other will require you to actually trust the signals your body is sending you and employ hunger blunting techniques.
I'm for the former, and here is why ->
Intuitive eating is very much becoming very popular in the community. And I'm all for trusting your instincts and your body to indicate how you should eat. BUT, I think this approach can truly become flawed with someone who is new to the dieting game. Most people have no clue what their body is telling them and get "snacky" or "peckish" and the best way that I can describe it is when you leave food out for dogs they'll generally polish the whole bowl off right away regardless if they are hungry or not.
I have a raging appetite. In order to curb my hunger throughout the day I have to employ hunger blunting techniques like caffeine ingestion and a high fiber and protein diet. Luckily I fuckin love caffeine and protein...fiber is alright. Because of these hunger blunting techniques sometimes when I have a planned unregulated days I actually don't eat enough calories to keep up my gym progress.
Now, assuming that I'm not employing said hunger blunting techniques and going off of whim or cues from blood sugar that is regulated just by random consumption of whatever macro composition happens to be in front of my face, I'm going to be left with a mystery calorie level that you can't really progress regardless of your goals.
If you're not already ingesting a high protein, high fiber diet, then you should start. If you don't believe in that diet protocol, then I don't even know why you'd listen to a damn thing I say because that is what I know will work.
- Learn how to count calories
- Learn how to count macros
- Learn your maintenance numbers
- Play with different types of macro ranges and how your body reacts
THEN LIVE WITH YOUR BODY AND FOOD
When you've spent as much time as I have looking up the nutritional composition of food, the facts start to get stuck in your brain. Osmosis in practice if you would. You also remember what certain foods do to your appetite, your mood, and your body composition. Then you start to see what foods in certain combinations do in these same regards. Science will give you confidence in the method of calorie counting, but then experience will nestle you in her sweet sweet bosom and as long as you don't live and die by the numbers, life will be grand.
Until Next Time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.
The Opera Bro