For those who lost a LOT of weight, your opinion please!
Highest weight :253
Current weight : 226
Been counting calories for 26 days, lost 15 pounds so far
Calculated TDEE with my own stats
Fairy active+ job on my feet all day (3x week each: jog/walk intervalles 30 min, weight training 20 min, swimming 40 min, walk 30 min+ other activities here and there like hiking, step, etc)
I aim at 1400 cal/day, and my TDEE stands at about 3000 right now, so a deficit of about 1600/day
I feel perfectly fine eating that amount. I eat of "everything", but try to keep it balanced.
I don't feel deprived at all, no cravings, high energy, etc
Yet, I read everywhere here that a "good" deficit is around 500 cal/day. And that is justified by "no point feeling miserable, this is unsustainable, etc". I'm not miserable at all.
So why is a large deficit FOR AN OBESE PERSON still presumably bad?
I'm so tired of carrying this extra weight around, and I have a cardiac problem probably related to it, so I don't want it to take 2 years to lose another 85 pounds!
If I feel great, energetic, not deprived, would it make sense to stay at 1400 until maintenance and then slowly add up calories to figure out my maintenance goal?
At this rate I'm expecting to be at 143 by may 2022.
Ps: I also take a medication to help with my mood and it tends to lower appetite as a side effect, which could explain the "feeling great" despite the large deficit