Energy levels are, well, normal. For other people. I'm a pretty high energy person, and I can say that as of late, in trying to eat lower calorie, my energy levels are not normal for me. I do have to qualify the statement I made earlier about not having the energy to go out dancing: that activity doesn't really usually pick up until around 9:30 or 10 at night. I used to go out all of the time, but seem to just be done doing anything by 7:30 these nights.
What I do know:
Go too low in calories for 3 days in a row: 4th day I WILL be taken over by some spirit that compels me to drive to the store, buy a bag of nuts, and eat no fewer than 3000 calories worth of those nuts on the drive home.
Go too low in fat: cranky, but weight moves because calories are easier to keep lower
Go too high in protein: major headaches; the whole lean protein diet is one major splitting headache for me
Go too low in carbs: I feel like I'm moving under water all of the time and really can't sustain myself the way I want to. This is the observation I have the hardest time with, as I want it to be true that I can simply eat all of the meat and fat I want and perform awesomely in life and at the gym. Also, I have carbphobia.
I have been eating higher fat, a la bulletproof. Which, honestly, makes me feel really good (and I do mean really good), but doesn't lead to weight loss, at all for me. I can't do high fat, lower calorie.
I'm torn on what to try. Part of me really wants to go whole hog into bulletproof style eating and see how I fare on like a steak and a stick of butter a day. I love the coffee, and I know mentally I'd feel pretty good, but I also don't think I'd lose at all. Part of me wants to scale back the fat, up the lean protein, up the veggies. Then I hear about people having success with starches, and that's what the trainer has been recommending.
I just want to find something that works and I want to relax and not obsess anymore about my food!
I can appreciate the input of the folks that come in here to say what they find desirable. On the one hand, I want to hit you guys and say, "shut up, I'm trying to do what I'm trying to do, rawr!" On the other, I would like to hug you for recognizing how unrealistic we can sometimes get when we're bombarded with images of half starved, dehydrated, photo shopped models at every turn. Afterall, they are eating egg whites and butter spray, gross!