Just wanted to share this out there.
I was playing around on the Livestrong MyPlate website where I log my food, weight and measurements. I was entering today's weight when I saw a link to a chart of my weight loss since I started using the website (Apr 2010). I'm down 42 lbs since then. The weight loss chart showed my general plateau in the 320s weight range, and then in May 2011, a declining trend in weight.
Oddly, when I hit the link that superimposed the calorie consumption over that time period, it shows that I have been eating within a tight range (1750 - 2400 calories) during the entire time. (Ok, a few indulgent days were a lot higher and there were also days when I ate a lot lower.) I decided to look at what I was eating during the plateau and what I did differently in May that broke the plateau and helped me lose more.
It appears that eating lower calories in general didn't cause steady weight loss. I couldn't keep that up. There were short stretches of days when I ate around 1500 calories but didn't lose weight. Those seemed to be days when I ate more fiberous carbs too, around 200 gms. It wasn't eating lower carbs either, because there were stretches of days when I was definitely eating less than 100 gm of carbs a day. I had to be closer to induction levels, like under 35 gm of carbs a day to lose some weight. But the weight loss seem to be more consistent when I cut carbs and
did intermittent fasting. That's what I had started that month, going 16 hours without eating and then concentrating calories during an 8 hour eating window. I would gain weight if I ate more than 65 gm of carbs in a day. I would gain weight if I was eating 5 to 6 small meals throughout the course of a day.
So for my body, induction-level Atkins plus intermittent fasting seems to work the best, even if I'm eating around 2100 calories a day, which seems to be my RMR.
It has taken me so dang long to put this all together! And I probably still don't have it all right, but this is what is working right now at age 51, menopausal, PCOS and type 2 diabetes, plus exercising five days a week (combination of Pilates, cardio and weight training).
I'm sticking with this until it stops working!