then why do people do it?
I don't count calories, because I don't count anything. I am generally anti-quantification and do almost nothing according to counts. I have no patience for it and feel like I am degrading the quality of my life when I quantify. Haha read some Rene Guenon (The Reign of Quantity) I know that it's weird and you won't get it. It probably goes back to when I was a kid and heard the term "credit score" and instinctively objected to being value-ranked numerically like a digital hindu.
I eat a small meal before I lift, then a big one with a lot of fat and protein and no carbs when I get home, then a smaller but similar one later when the wife eats dinner. Throw in some bananas and raisins and nuts as snacks through the day.
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"