So first, your body is probably holding onto everything you're eating because you're not getting enough calories! At 290, a 2,000 calorie diet is plenty to lose weight. If you think about it, you're eating 1,500 and then burning maybe 500 so your body is going into starvation mode. We need at least 1,200 calories to survive a day. And us bigger girls need even more. Trust me, up your calories and you'll start shedding pounds.
Also up your water intake. You should be drinking half your weight in ounces. Get some Propel water flavor packets to make it easier. I can't tell you how much it's helped me start feeling better and shedding pounds. I was in your situation over the summer. Worked out like crazy all summer and ate nothing but salads and stir fry and didn't lose a pound. My thighs actually got bigger because I was gaining muscle! But once I started eating more (including what I wanted), but in smaller portions, and drinking plenty of water, I feel much better and the weight has started to come off. I've lost 3 pounds in 11 days. It may not seem like a lot, but it's great for me because I also work out a lot and tend to gain muscle quickly.
Eat what you want, but eat it in small portions and focus less on the pounds and more on developing good eating habits. Like eating whole grains, lean meats, etc. I would try and stay away from sugar or find substitutes. If you order a meal, eat half then and the rest 2-3 hours later. More frequent and smaller meals are better than spaced out large meals. Plus once you start drinking the water, you'll feel hungry more frequently. Just don't overdo it...listen to your body when it says it's full.
Finally figured out this calorie thing and it works! Much easier than I thought it would be and actually kind of fun to see my weight go down as I commit to it. Check out loseit.com to get the app.
Last edited by stronger4me; 01-15-2012 at 06:43 PM.