I don't understand what is going on. I have been counting calories since March and I successfully lost about 6 pounds by May. It is not my intention to lose a ton of weight because I am already in the healthy weight range. I would however like to lose some excess fat and have a more toned appearance. I was hoping that during the summer i would be able to lose a few more pounds and inches. My lifestyle this summer has been pretty active and for the past few weeks I have been doing cardio and lifting weights. I should should have lost 4.5 pounds this summer based on my calorie deficit (May 16-now). Instead, my weight and measurements stayed exactly the same.
I feel like it isn't possible for my metabolism to have slowed that much because I had a small calorie deficit. I purposely wanted the weight loss to be slow because I feared that my metabolism would slow down. So what is the issue? I sort of feel like I don't deserve to actually lose weight because exercising and eating at a calorie deficit has not really been a challenge. I don't feel like I am under eating. I am very satisfied eating the amount of food I am consuming. I fill up quickly and I don't get hungry very often. Does weight loss have to be difficult? Does it have to be painful and uncomfortable to actually work?