Ten days ago, I posted that I was going to stop stressing about losing more weight, and enter Atkins Phase 4, Lifetime Maintenance. So, for the past week and a half, I have been eating to maintain my weight, and have been doing pretty well. I only weigh and take measurements on Sunday morning, but I am tracking my food most days on Fitday. My weight and size has stayed pretty steady.
Here's the problem: I'm not happy with my weight. I don't seem to be able to let go of the idea of losing a little more weight, and I am wondering if it is in my power to do so.
I've been eating a lot lately, and I spent some time today looking back at my spreadsheets to see if there is any pattern to my weight loss. There really isn't. Sometimes I lose on 1800 calories per day, and sometimes I gain on that amount. Sometimes I lose on 1400 calories per day, and sometimes I gain on that amount. The amount of exercise I do or don't do has no bearing on my weight or size, either.
At any rate, I have decided to cut back on my food in this coming week to see if I lose some fat. Here is my plan:
112g fat (70% of total calories)
27g total carbs
16g dietary fiber
11g net carbs, of which 8.5g will come from veggies
This is basically what Colette Heimowitz, the Atkins nutritionist, recommended that I do in May 2009 to break my stall. And it worked then. I'm hoping it will work again.
After this week, I will weigh and measure, and see if it made any difference. I'm not sure what I will do then.
The one thing that I don't like about doing this is that it is a very small amount of food, and so much less than what I want to eat. But I am a small person, and I guess I should not expect to be able to eat a lot.
I hear people say to let your appetite be your guide, but that has never worked for me. I can eat enough for five hungry men, as my grandmother used to say!