First of all, let me say hello :D also, thank you for taking the time to read my post, and if you reply, thank you in advance!
Many questions do not seem to contain enough information to warrant a response, or get a response that is "shooting in the dark" because of the lack of info. I truly would like help, so I am sorry if I OVER info.
First of all, I do not live with a lot of stress. Most all of my stress is only related to my body, but I do not let it get to me frequently. I am mostly used to the pain/ frustrations by now.
Here goes with my past, because I think it is very relevant. I obtained most of this fat in my teenage years, and since then have been on a very low calorie diet. In the beginning it was for weight loss (didn't work) and now it is just a lifestyle. I consume about 1200 calories normally in any given day, simply because that is what I have gotten my body used to. So. I assume I have a very slow metabolism. I never feel hungry, however...
I am a female, mid 20s. I am overweight, or rather "over fat". According to charts and such, my weight is perfectly normal, while my fat content is high. I weigh 129lbs, I am 5 foot 5 inches, but am about 29% body fat. I really don't care about the charts, but about how I feel. I feel heavy, lethargic, tired, inflamed joints, hair loss etc etc. The list goes on. I want to lose fat, not weight. I couldn't care less about that. I also want to clear up these chronic health problems...
I workout lightly 3-4 times a week. I walk about 3+ miles 4 times a week. I do the stationary bike lightly also about 2-3 times. Once a week, I do heavy lifting. In between I do light free weights, or freestyle dancing ;p.
I have been on this specific diet below for nearly a month. I calculate percentages, and keep it at Fat 50%, Carb 20% (or a bit below) and Protein 30%. Grams of carbs between 50-65.
A normal day in my diet is:
Breakfast: Greek yogurt a cup of berries, or 2 eggs cooked up in olive oil with a side of spinach.
Lunch: Ground beef with broccoli, or chicken with green beans. Both cooked with olive oil, or coconut oil.
Dinner: Chicken and broccoli (or green beans or spinach) cooked in oil, or ground turkey with tomatoes.
Snack: Almonds about 4x a week. Cheddar cheese, I also have about 4x a week. Every now and then I have a bit of dark chocolate. Sometimes I just eat raw spinach by the handful.
Supplements: Daily multivitamin, probiotic cap, omega 3 salmon pill (no omega 6).
Drink: Water, water, water. Now and then I also drink 2% milk infrequently, and full fat coconut milk.
Thats it really, I have no desire to binge, so I don't. I don't cook with sugar, and very little salt.
This all said, I have lost 4lbs, and am now dead stationary. I would be happy about this, but for the knowledge that this is probably nothing but water loss.
I assume I will hear that I need to eat more calories. Sure, I probably would agree, but I feel like my body (having been in starvation mode for so long) Is going to grab everything, every extra calorie I put in and store it as fat.
My diet before? Around 1400 calories of 70% carbs, 15% fat, 15% protein. This, on the advice of a personal trainer. A year later, ridiculous time spent in the gym and many, many tears of frustration... I lost 4lbs total.
I am frustrated, tired, sick, low libido, shedding hair like mad, chronic headaches, regular bowel problems, dry skin, problems maintaining deep sleep, the list goes on. I don't know what to do. I have had plenty of blood workups, and have no hormonal (that they detected..) problems, my thyroid, cholesterol and blood pressure are just fine.
Do I need to modify my diet or things it contains for fat loss, or to alleviate some of these symptoms? Do I just need to eat more? I realize I am not asking doctors for help hear, but you are all real people who have actually been through many of these things, and may be able to see what I am going through with greater clarity. To doctors, I am healthy, normal weight, nothing wrong with me at all. I also know I have only been on this new diet for a month, and everything takes time. I am not expecting a miracle. It took a long time to get here, and it will take a long time to get out. Time is not a concern.
I need to lose this fat, it is dragging me down. I also cannot continue on with this level of pain and problems. Does anyone have any advice?
Thank you very much, I am sorry for the length of the post, but with something such as this, I thought I may get more help, the more detailed I was.