You're purposely being vague with your lifestyle, and frankly your logical fallacies aren't helping. If you are truly eating more calories now than before and you lose weight, then you simply have changed your lifestyle so significantly that it is now a deficit. There is no other options. Your TDEE is higher now than it was before.
Originally Posted by itchy166
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You don't accurately measure your calories, and you just think you eat more now because you aren't consciously dieting. Overweight people think they consume up to 50% less calories than they actually do. Underweight people think they consume up to 50% more calories than they actually do. Going from a lifestyle full of foods that provide little satiety to a lifestyle of foods that provide lots of satiety make people believe they eat more now than they ever did before because their hunger signals are naturally working and they don't have to actively restrict food. In reality, they're eating less than ever before.
You're one of the two or a combination of both.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.