Proper nutrition does not equal misery;
you are not going on a "diet".
**This article is more technical, but may be helpful to those stuck with the mindset of "eat less - do more". The following are the key points discussed in this article:
TDEE is influenced by basal metabolic rate and activity, but also metabolism of food
“TEF” or the Thermic Effect of Food describes the net loss of energy during the digestion and assimilation of nutrients. It normally contributes makes up about 10% of your TDEE.
Protein has the greatest TEF and fat has the lowest TEF. Carbs are in the middle.
By eating carbohydrates after training, the TEF goes up drastically and more of the energy is lost as heat
Eating larger meals less frequently contributes to a slightly greater thermic effect
Caffeine and Yohimbine can help lean people increase thermogenesis and burn more fat.
**This is a great article for understanding the evolution of Paleo; especially for those that have attempted eating strict Paleo and felt like it didn't work for them.**
Things to Remember:
*You do not need to count every macro or calorie you eat. Estimating is usually adequate.
*If your performanceat the suffers of you just feel you're lacking energy, re-visit your macro/calorie needs. Make sure you are eating enough!
*Eat for fun once in a while.