Calories needed per day
Ok, I need to lose over 100lbs, I weigh 339. I was recently diagnosed with a severe thyroid condition and I am now on medication for that. I also take a medication called topamax for my mood disorder that left me without an appetite. I thought this would be a good thing but it has turned out to be the opposite.
I did an online calculator that said I should be eating close to 2200 calories per day with moderate to light excersise to lose weight. I thought this was a bit high but I did several calorie calculator's and got the same thing. This is the problem....I can't eat that much. I keep a close count on my calories and can only manage to take in between 1100 to 1500 a day. When I do manage the 1500 I feel so full and uncomfortable it is awful. How in the world do I manage the 2200?
I do walk every day apx a mile which is the most I can do because of severe arthritis in my spine, but a mile is much more than I could do a few months ago. Also i do eat 5 times a day. Small meals spaced out...but the total calories never exceeds 1500 and is usually closer to 1200
I lost 10 lbs when I first went on thyroid meds but that was awhile ago...in the last 4 weeks I have lost nothing, not even a pound. I am pretty sure my body thinks it is starving but I am just not hungery. I would like to also add that most people eat the small meals 5 times a day to keep from feeling hungry, I do it to make sure I eat.... I never get hungry, not at all. I could go all day without eating a bite if I didn't eat on my scheduled times and would never miss it.
What should I do? I need to start losing again. How do I get my body out of this starvation mode without feeling like I am stuffing myself