I weigh around 180 and 5'3" 35 yr female. Taking in 900 calories and working out 4 days a week for 60minutes (30 minute treadmill at 3.5mph- 15min. recumbent bike level 6 - 15 min. core (sit-up, leg press, light weight training ) Drinking 8 glasses of water per day. gave up soda and meat 2 yrs ago. lost 20# so far but now it stopped. work in a kitchen, on feet for 8 hrs a day 5 days a week.
That level of calories is quite low Stephanie, i know the usual formula is to take in less calories than you are expended to lose weight but again like i say you don't want to go to low and shut down your metabolism.
The problem with weight loss is that there are many factors which effect metabolism such as hormonal disorders(which tend to affect woman more than men), adrenal gland dysfunction, thyroid disorders etc. So it can take abit of trial and error incase some other issue is going on.
Have you tried HIIT or any high intensity exercise, these have been shown in studies to be better for weight loss aswell as cardiovascular health. High intensity exercise stimulates resting metabolism which is where its weight loss benefits come into play.
Sticking to high protiens with vegetables with snacking on nuts during the day or fruit will boost you for the whole day. Even if you are not hungry: mix up shakes for a quick morning meal (you can even make it early and stick it in the fridge for early access), as they say you get the most benefits from breakfast.
Add your favorite fruits and veggies in a blender with hemp protein (or egg white powder if you prefer) and ice. Gives you the protein you need.
This website will calculate your bmi, as well as give you assesment on the calories you need to take in order to lose weight. Having not enough calories can decrease weight loss even if you start to lose, your metabolism will slow.
I am no expert but I have read on several occassions that consuming less that 1200 calories a day is unhealthy and puts your body into starvation mode, which is when it holds on to all its fat! Eat more healthy calories and eat often.
maybe could you try doing a more calming,relaxing exercise-pilates/walking/swim? a bit of chill-out time to give your mind/spirit a chance to unwind should balance your body to its natural weight-be kind to your whole self do something you love-put on your favourite music and sing/dance along-xxx.
Not taking any thyroid medication is probably one HUGE reason you are not losing weight. Also, and I know this from experience, I actually GAIN weight when my calories are too low... it is a starvation effect. So, I REALLY suggest you see your doctor and have your thyroid levels checked and hormone levels checked. I had addison's disease a few years back as a result of a steroid shot and gained like 30 lbs in a matter of a few weeks! Yikes! So, basically, my adrenal glands were not working. What I'm trying to say is that there might be something medical going on too that you are not aware of and need to be.... and --- EAT!!!!!
900 calories a day seems way too low. The calculation my Doctor has me use is: multiply your current weight by 14 (this is how many calories the average person burns a day) To get rid of fat weight decrease this number 500. That should be how many calories you need while dieting. It has worked for me in the past when I've wanted to firm up my flabby belly!
Sometimes when one doctor can't find something, another can. I suffer from chronic neck pain and chronic migraines and had to keep going to doctor after doctor until someone could help. Don't give up! Maybe try a different doctor... maybe even a gynecologist--as they are familiar with women's issues and hormones or an endocrinologist. Just don't give up! And I know it's easier said than done, but be happy with who you are.... our self worth and happiness should not depend on our weight... with that said, I DO understand your struggle (more than you know!).