Starting dieting seriously in Feb 2014. Had tried various diets before - none worked! Then I started to religiously record my daily calorie (net) intake by recording what I ate and my exercise levels and by aiming for a target of consuming 1200 calories/day together with light exercise (walking) my weight dropped off and I was averaging around 1lb a week (not too drastic but consistent) and lost 4 stone in a year . Brilliant I thought. However now I have reached a plateau. I am still careful with what I eat and now eat around 1300 calories a day and yet my weight remains roughly the same (lose a lb one week - gain it the next but overall no change for the past 4 months). My BMI is now 23.5 (dropped from 34!) but ideally I would like to drop a further 3 lbs mainly to shed another inch from my waist.
My question is this: if my daily calorie intake is constantly below my metabolic rate (which is around 1450 ) why is my weight constant? A daily intake of 1300 calories isn't a great deal and whilst my exercise levels have dropped a little (I walk but not as regularly as I used to) my consumption of calories is still less than my BMR and based on the old adage that weight loss requires to burn more calories than I consume why do I not continue to lose weight?
Has anyone else reached a plateau when losing weight and what should I do?