Hello everyone. I'm a 23 year old female, 5'7 and I've been stuck in the low 160s for almost 3 months now. I've had weight issues my whole life, and have always yoyo'd or been trying to lose weight. In high school, I ate well and exercised and could never drop below 160. Before college, I did the same and couldn't drop below 160 either. The only time I've been out of the 160s was when I briefly developed an eating disorder at age 14.
Four and a half years of college took a toll on me and in December I weighed 196. Since then, I've lost about 35 pounds by following a low carb diet and exercise plan.
My current diet is ketogenic. I try to keep my macronutrients at 65% fat, 30% protein, 5% carbs and eat between 1,500 and 1,700 calories per day. I weigh and log all of my food. I do not eat wheat, soy, corn, sugar, or artifical sweeteners. I drink at least a gallon of water per day, sometimes two.
I lift 5x per week and do cardio 4x per week. I alternate cardio workouts between walking on an incline, HIIT (arc trainer or jump rope), and biking. I sleep 7-8 hours per night.
I swear I've tried everything to break through the 160s with no success. For the past 3 months, I've tried increasing my calories, decreasing my calories, increasing my carbs, increasing cardio, decreasing cardio, lifting less frequently, and completely changing my cardio routine. I've just been fluctuating within the same 5 pounds. I'm frustrated and don't know what else to do. Does anyone have any suggestions?