I've started doing PB because I believe in what Mark has written. I LOVE the prospect of high energy levels, truly feeling satiated and not always hungry, and obviously this "effortless weight loss" Mark talks about as long as your carbs are between 50-100g. Reading the book, I am under the impression we're not ever supposed to think about calories again and the only thing we should really be checking on from time to time is carb grams depending on whether we want to be losing fat or just maintaining. I have no intention of spending time in ketosis; I'm not looking to be the most ripped person in the world though I do want to shed a few pounds of fat. (At 5'4" tall and 124lbs., I don't have significant amounts to lose. I'd like to be somewhere around 115lbs., that is a very happy weight for me.)
But then I read your posts and I feel panicked and totally fearful.
I thought I was supposed to throw the idea of a deficit out the window! Now you've uttered what I was told is an unnecessary word in the PB world. Am I or am I not supposed to count calories? And if so, what number am I trying to stay under?
Many people in this thread say, "Just take it easy and don't think about it." Calculations and totals and deficits are the opposite of easy to me! I have become incredibly confused. I don't want to count anything if I don't have to... but if I'm going to stay stagnant or, worse, GAIN if I don't... then I'll get calculating.
Like I said, I totally respect your knowledge of this lifestyle and that's why I'm coming to you to clarify. I DO feel like you might be more strictly Primal than I would like to be, so perhaps that's where the confusion comes in.
Anyway, I'll leave it to you and the forum/thread folks to answer.
P.S. Oh, one other thing: I feel like there are two significantly different trains of thought on nuts. Could SOMEONE give me the definitive answer on that? Nuts are good or not good? And how much/many?