I have lost about 60 lbs since starting about 18 months ago, still have about 100 to go( crazy I know but I am not really focusing on the amounts for my own sanity
) The problem is over the past 11 months I have had three surgeries and have had a chronic illness that makes it impossible for me to exercise( my body doesn't make/ utilize aerobic energy so once the anaerobic is used, which only takes a few mins., I am done doing anything for hours, including things like showering, making dinner for the family etc.. I can't push thru it since that actually causes me to relapse which can mean bed-rest for months.) So I lost the 60 via eating right, IE a plate with 1/2- 3/4 veggies, 1/4 whole grain or starch, 1/4 protein, and limiting to about 15-1600 calories which is a few less than what I "should" eat, 1900. It worked well for a number of months but then I stalled ( right around last year at summer time, a few months before the first surgery). IF I could exercise I'm sure I could get past that plateau but now that hopefully the surgeries are done at least for a while, I want to start eating better again( I haven't totally botched it, I have gained a 2-4 lbs but not sure if some of that is still swelling/water since the last surgery was less than a month ago. ) So is anyone in this same situation, where they can not do exercise at a rate that would help jump start the metabolism? I don't think I can go lower in calories, I have tried the fluctuating daily calories, minimal exercise I can do, that was for about 6 months before the first surgery and so far nothing has helped moved me from here. I have spoken with a dietician but she said keep what I am doing which obviously didn't help for months. I don't want to lose the desire due to being frustrated by this plateau. I haven't been up to cooking much so we have not been eating as well, plus I couldn't eat much fiber for a while so that kind of knocked out a lot of fruit and veggies that I was eating mostly before. I can eat them again now though. Fortunately, I don't have much of an appetite still so I am not eating a ton, which probably has helped not put on a lot when I have been pretty much a couch potato for a year. But any help would be appreciated.