Hitting numbers is super easy for me.
Same food everyday.
I can sub out some oat milk for a tablespoon of PB, things like that.
Cup oat milk =90 calories, Tbsp PB =95
Three meals and coffee, scratch paper on the table next to the notebook i track in.
So if breakfast and coffee totals X, and i know what is for midday, it's easy to see that subtotal.
So yesterday instead of rice in my midday smoothie, i had pasta. (Not in the smoothie!)
112 grams dry is 400 calories, and my two cups (318 grams) cooked rice is 410.
Then 60 calories for sour cream in the pasta, adjust for the final meal and hit the number.
I'm sure people who eat more like regular humans have more variation.
I also record weight and calories everyday on a different notepad.
Watch the trend, adjust as needed.
It's fun to have a solid reason to cut now.
Never cut for weight class before.
It's timely in this case however, i also hadn't bulked in the "bulk" of my lifting history.
Pretty much 200lbs all along, with mini cuts here and there.
Well, i did drop 20lbs with the surgery and resulting downtime 2019/2020