| | Nutrition for an 18 year old male
Hello to all. I am an 18 yr old male, turning 19 in May, and I have a question related to proper diet, nutrition, and weight management. I am an athlete (runner) and stay quite active, 5'5", and currently 124-126 lbs. However, I am sometimes concerned with my calorie intake. I consume an average of 2,000 calories a day, but there seems to be a rhythm established which occurs every two weeks or so in which I get extremely hungry and may consume upwards of 4,000 calories a day for several days. I gain a pound or so usually, though not visibly, and this disappears again after a few weeks. The cycle then repeats.
What is going on? I have not grown in height at all in the least 2 years, though my face has changed and my back has gotten broader. Am I going through a "dormant" growth stage? I have been something of a late bloomer - I don't currently have facial hair and little body hair.
I eat a healthy diet; I am a vegetarian but make sure that I get plenty of protein in the form of cheese, milk, nuts, and yogurt. I eat whole grains and fruits and vegetables, and don't drink juice or soda.
Do I need to worry about my weight fluctuating a couple pounds? It seems beyond my control at times, because on the days when I do eat a lot, it doesn't even feel like overeating - I am legitimately hungry.
Also, as long as I am in an energy balance, will I still grow and develop naturally? I don't want to mess up my growth, but at the same time I don't want weight gain to affect athletic performance. Thanks