I am a 5'7" female and I weigh 162 pounds. My goal weight is 145 pounds. I eat 1500 calories a day (I weigh and count every meal that I eat and I only drink water, about 100 ounces a day). My macros come out to 40% protein, 35% carbs, and 30% fat each day. I run 3-4 miles every other day (about a 45 minute run) and do strength training twice a week. I don't eat out and typically eat salmon, couscous, and veggies for breakfast; chicken, quinoa, and veggies for lunch, shrimp and steamed broccoli for dinner. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and fruits as snacks. No sugar or salt - ever. No cheating or alcohol.
I am not losing weight and I don't know what else to do. I've been on this particular diet and exercise plan for about 7 weeks. My weight fluctuates between 160 - 162 each week. I'm not hungry during the day and I eat every 2 to 3 hours.
I truly don't know what else to do, and I get sick of people telling me that I've reached my ideal body weight and that's why I am not losing weight. Am I eating too many calories? I've tried increasing to 1850 calories for 2 weeks and I gained 2 pounds. I tried reducing to 1300 calories for another 2 weeks and I lost 1 pound and then stopped losing weight. I believe I should see a dietician, because I don't know what I am doing wrong and I will not accept 162 being my ideal weight.
After my first son in January 2015, I lost 40 pounds in 4 months. After having my second son in May 2016, I lost 18 pounds over 1 year, but nothing less (I went from 180 to 162). It's now July 2017 and I am still struggling to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight of 150. Please help. What should I do? Is it possible that I have an underlying medical issue?