Back to a an oldie: the 1200kcal diet. There's a lot of controversy around it, with some people saying it's not nearly enough and others saying it's spot-on. One thing is true - output & input are the keys to weight loss (right?).
So here's my situation. I'm a 39 year old woman in otherwise good health. I weigh 74kg (162lb) at 174cm (5'8"). I'm generally fit, but have 'vanity weight' I want to lose, especially being a mum. Mostly the weight is around the lower tum, bum and thighs. Yay for womanhood? I'd like to ideally get down to about 140lbs, which is about the lowest I think my frame can support without looking sickly on the upper body, even when I gain in muscle.
haha, anyway, I've lost about 12-15 pounds (5kg) since starting my renewed weight loss journey in March. At first it started me at about 1600 cals a day, slowly whittling down to 1200 as my weight went down. Now at 1200kcals a day, I'm absolutely plateaued. In fact, from two weeks ago to today I seem to have gain about 2kg (5lbs) for no apparent reason. I count EVERY calorie that goes into my mouth from a cheeky teaspoon of sugar in my coffee to the milk in it. I maintain the right protein, fat and carb balances, eat 'clean' and generally only eat whole foods (no ingredients in them - they are the ingredients). Also ethical vegan, so won't consume animal products, but I use a high quality vegan protein powder plus supplements to make sure I'm getting all of the macros in (B12, iron, etc)
I also work out. I completed the C25k over lockdown, took a break and am starting from about the halfway point, and do a HIIT workout OR yoga every day (sometimes both), and generally get 12k-15k steps in a day. I eat back most of the calories I burn off so that I'm netting 1200 a day, rather than grossing 1200 a day. (don't want to get malnourished)
So this weight fluctuation and plateau... Does anybody know what gives? I drink plenty of water, avoid sodium and occasionally have a treat - but when I do, this gets counted in my calories. I'm feeling a bit down on my motivation and also confused about where I'm going wrong.
Happy to take any/all advice. Thanks very much if you've stuck with my post and offer advice. Much appreciated from a frustrated person!