I started logging and eating at a deficit about 3 weeks ago. My plan was to lose 15-20 pounds from 205 to about 185-190. I also had not been lifting for about a month because of a crazy work schedule, so I started lifting again right as I started the deficit.
In the 3 weeks I've been at it, I've done OK but not great with calories. I'm trying to underestimate exercise and overestimate any food that I don't weigh (more so than I've done previously when I successfully dropped weight). I've been going over on calories many days, but less (I think) so than previously when I successfully dropped about a pound a week.
In the 3 weeks, I seem to have visibly lost fat, and I've gone down a belt notch. My weight is staying constant though.
I know some of this could be water and that weight varies naturally, but I am frustrated not seeing weight go down, especially since seem to be losing fat.
Do folks have any suggestions based on this admittedly minimal information? Should I try hard to do better about staying under calorie goal or just not worry about it and be patient? The advice I see a lot is to be patient and go by the mirror, but I'm kinda getting anxious to see the weight go down.