I'm looking for some help here. Been through a ton of the older posts already. I'm 36 and weight 186 lbs currently. My 'heavy' maintain weight it usually between 159-160lbs and my good weight is anywhere around 140 lbs. I've been yo-yo dieting my whole life which understandably has shot my metabolism but what really works for me to drop the pounds has been a low carb low fat diet. I avoid going the high fat route because I am genetically predisposed to high cholesterol.
Now, I've decided that I need to drop this weight and I need to do it the right way. So 1 month ago, I started restricting my calories to 1100-1200 a day which I track on MyFitnessPal(at no point was I hungry or starving), eating primarily protein and good carbs like salads, veggies. I also started making sure I was getting in 10000 steps and 7 kms of walking. After 2 weeks I bumped it to 12000 steps and 8 kms. Some days I even run 25% of my total kms now that I have more energy. I have also introduced zumba or resistance training 2-3 times a week.
I feel tighter, my clothes definitely fit slightly better but apart from the weight loss that happened in the first 10 days, when I dropped 9 lbs, (I started out weighing 196lbs) have stopped going down in weight. In fact, in the past 2 days, I've even put on a pound.
I drink a lot of water. I'm definitely in caloric deficit and I've basically gone from a sedentary lifestyle to super active. I know I'm likely building muscle but I need to lose the weight also because its in a terrible range and in case I can't work out in the future for whatever reason, I don't want my 185 lbs of muscle turning back into fat.
I'm really happy going on my runs so definitely not going to stop that but I'm so frustrated at the scale. Will it ever budge? What can I do better? I'm probably being a little impatient but I don't want to waste months only to find out I did jt wrong.
Earlier I would only diet, usually the Dukan way and the pounds kept coming off like clockwork.
Sidenote: I take medication for hyperprolactinoma but all my hormones are in check. Too much resistance exercises can drive up my cortisol which makes me feel unpleasant so I prefer the walks and runs more.