Polaroid Doll, I was wondering about your stats such as height, weight, clothing size, age, how long did you do SLD for, and what you do for SLD? There are lots of us in the close to goal category and comparing how we navigate that territory is helpful.
That's great that your calorie average is 2200. I've been estimating that mine is somewhere in that range. Here and there I have a day where I eat less.
I lost my last 10 pounds very slowly. I'm thinking now that I want to push my weight/set point down a little bit more to make maintenance easier. It is tricky though to figure out when you've lost enough. Especially because fat tends to cling to a few key places while other parts are skinnier than I'd prefer. If only we could distribute it where we'd like.
I'm 5'6", 120, clothes size is tricky since these vary by brand...in traditional tailor's size I'm US 8/UK 10 (obviously this is not the size I choose from the store now, since they change sizing regularly). 37 yrs old. I've never done strict SLD, but instead did a 'mutt' version (mix and match). The part I took was increasing MUFA intake; instead of drinking oil, I ate the calories as almonds, avocado, and olive oil. Obviously this isn't at all by the book, but it worked really well for decreasing overall appetite (I have a soft spot for sweets, so AS comes in handy for resisting those...
I hear you about wanting to redistribute where fat wants to stay--I don't think any of us are completely happy with what we've got. I'd personally love to move a little into the bust/chest area, but we can't have everything we like...
I think the slow last ten pounds are key. It requires patience (a lot!), but I'm hoping it will be permanent this time. It's looking good so far.
Thank you for your answer. I would be also interested to know how you raised back up your metabolism after that calories reduction diet that slowed it down? Did it took you 5 years? :shock:
Yes, it pretty much took the better part of five years. I don't know how many people would have the patience to try...it took forever and seemed like sometimes I would never get up to the levels the calculators said I should be able to eat.
I ended up increasing my activity level slowly, while increasing my calorie intake by a lesser amount. Then I waited until the scale showed I could lose weight at the new calorie level, increased calorie intake a little more, and waited again...eventually I got there. It took a long time to do it, but I think it's because I wasn't eating nearly enough calories before. I swore to myself after that to never drop my calorie levels so low, no matter what.