I am desperate and don’t know where to turn for help. I started my weight loss journey 2 years ago… I started at 265 and today i am happy to say, i am now 173lbs!
However for the past 6 months i have been stuck between 173 and 179. I’ve been in a plateau many times, but this last one seems so different and nonsensical. I am on a strict diet of 1900 to 2100 calories, with an average basal of 2600 calories burned a day. My job can sometimes be EXTREMELY physical and there are times where i can burn about 4000 calories in one day, which i account for and adjust my food intake so. Six months ago i got to 172 and continued my journey thinking i would be 165 in no time, but a couple of weeks after that weigh in, i was 179!!! And i did not deviate from my weight training, hitt training or my diet, but i gave myself the benefit of the doubt and started to modify my diet and exercise. From that day on it has been a constant struggle to stay below 175, with random fluctuating weigh ins that make no sense. I would like to believe its water weight but it seems too high a jump sometimes between 1 day to just be water. Also i have NEVER been able to get back to or go past 172. Is there anyone on here who can help me understand what im doing wrong?
One other thing: it seems sense this has been going on, my digestion has suddenly become very poor. In the last 6 months i have gone from pooping easily to barely pooping at all. I also feel full from the smallest of meals and sometimes from a glass of water.
Before you ask, here’s so more info ony diet, exercise, etc:
-i eat a protein shake and english muffins with peanut butter for breakfast. For lunch i cook a protein (baked), a starch, and a vegetable. This usually ends up being chicken breast, broccoli, rice and sweet potatoes,with the emphasize of the portion on the vegetables. Dinner i eat out but it has to be either vegetarian or chicken that is baked.
-i do full body weight training and a 15 minute hitt session every two days a week. I exercise at this frequency because my job is hughly physically demanding and i dont want to burn myself out at work.
-i am taking blood pressure meds, lisinopril and amdlodipine to be exact. I know at least one of those have mild weight gain side effects but im taking very small doses.
-i consume about 150oz of water a day: NO SODA.