First of all, thank you for taking some time to read my questions and answer them. I've been reading article after article about the proper way of eating and working out, but I've never really found a good medium for my "type" of lifestyle. Here are my questions/concerns:
1) I've heard it's best to document everything you eat over the course of the day. I'm not a note taker or like carrying around a pad to jot something down. For the most part I just kind of eyeball the nutrients and keep a semi-decent record in my head. Instead, I prefer to gauge my energy levels. That means I see how much more cardio or lifting I can compared to the last week. Over the past few weeks, I've noticed my energy level and the amount I can do go up. Is this an ok way of keeping track or bad? Should I start documenting everything?
2) My diet consists mostly of protein shakes, egg whites, sub sandwiches without mayo (mostly turkey breast), oatmeal, peanut butter, grilled chicken, white/brown rice and Clif Bars (for that snack to keep my metabolism going). Would it be wise for me to incorporate more vegetables? I've been meaning to do that in the form of making vegetable shakes (like adding veggies and some fruit for sweetness). Is that ok as well? Or should I just consume the veggies raw (I heard sometimes eating veggies raw does not yield the full benefits from them)?
3) I've been going to gym about 5 to 6 times a week and have been able to keep up that routine. My clothes are starting to fit a bit looser, but I have only lost about 5 lbs. I'm not really sure if I'm bulking up while losing weight or not because I'm overweight for my age and I mostly just see the body fat. People have told me I'm looking leaner due to my face shrinking. Is that a good sign I'm doing something right with my diet at exercise?
Thanks again all for reading and answering my questions/concerns. I'd prefer to just ask a community dedicated to becoming healthy and larger rather than endlessly searching articles from so-called "experts."
Have a great day!