First of all…CONGRATS! That’s wonderful!
Yes…slow downs and plateaus do occur in a weight loss journey. I seldom see a straight line trend.
I do that, too.
Do you know what your lean body mass (LBM) is? The typical recommended level is eating approx 1 gram protein for every kg of LBM.
I agree with you that exercise sucks…for people starting at a point where weight impairs mobility, or inflammation causing aching joints and muscle, or metabolic derangement causing hormonal imbalance influencing mood/energy, exercise can be very painful. This is why I tend to think getting into nutritional ketosis is more important than exercise. By lowering inflammation and getting insulin levels under control, the person usually naturally feels like they want to exercise as the body feels more liberated by the pain.
I tend to ignore the calorie count, as it is a useless value in terms of calculation. Metabolic rates are typically unknown (unless you have undergone extensive laboratory testing), and then it changes on a weight loss journey and from day-to-day depending on a range of variables. I find it pointless and can lead you to doing the wrong thing.
The trick to weight loss and undoing the metabolic derangement is learning how to listen to your body. Your body has the built-in bio-feedback…telling you what to eat, how much and when. If we override that feedback, we cause “scarring” or “derangement” of the natural mechanisms.
So, to that end, the idea is to eat fat to satiety. For instance, pour as much melted butter on your meal as you want. Careful with which fats to eat to satiety. If you eat nuts, for example, you are adding carbs…which will induce hunger. But, if you pour butter on your food, it is unlikely that you will continuously want to eat more…it allows reaching satiety very effectively (or, at least for me it does).
Yikes! Is it possible that you are driving your metabolic rate even lower. Calorie restriction will do that. I’ve destroyed my metabolism by doing calorie restriction, and I had to re-build it with eating keto and fat to satiety. It revved up my metabolism. I used to feel sluggish and voraciously hungry with calorie restriction…conversely, I feel more energized and not hungry (I often skip meals, because I’m not hungry).
I hope this helps. Please keep us informed on your journey…and let us know how the new strategies you try are working out. Give a bit of time when you make a change, and this is how you get to learn to listening to your natural bio-feedback. We all want you to succeed