I downloaded the Livestrong calorie-counter app to my phone and set a goal of 2,575 calories per day, as recommended by the app based on my weight-gain goals. (I'm 5-10 pounds lighter than my normal weight.)
I surpassed my goal once. Most of the time I landed between 1500 and 2000 calories, even when I crammed in a bunch of random crap.
I decided two things:
1. My body doesn't want to eat 2,575 calories a day.
2. I don't like eating random crap.
I think our bodies direct us to eat what we need to eat. Bad habits direct us too, of course, and then we download calorie-counter apps. But aside from eating too little when I'm stressed, I don't have bad eating habits, and I don't need a calorie-counter app.
Back to following my gut.