I am 5′ 3″ and pear shaped. I started out the iPad diet at 152.2 pounds. I should be taking some (gross) photos of my physique but it creeps me out. I’ll have to think about that.
I’ve learned over my dieting years that if I begin on a plan at low calories, such as 1200, I’m hungry and have more stalls than if I eat a higher amount of calories. I think I tried some Woman’s World diet where they started you out at 1400 calories and I thought that was high. But I followed it and lost weight without having to go so low.
On one of my Weight Watchers forays, after I realized this fact, I started at a daily points value at least 2 points higher than what was recommended. Once the weight started slowing, I decreased a point. This allowed me to eat more, not feel so deprived and to ease into lower calorie consumption. This also makes it easier to maintain. It might take a bit longer to reach goal but I’ve found it to be more steady.
So even though many plans suggest I start my weight loss at 1200 calories a day, I’ve started at 1600. I have already lost 1.3 pounds in one week, which is how I like to lose – slow and steady. Of course, being petite and small boned and being able to lose on 1600 calories a day shows just how much I must have been eating before dieting. Too much!
So if you’ve been putting on pounds because of overeating, binge eating, etc., don’t start your diet by eating too few calories. Try 1800 calories if you’re starting out heavier than me. If you’re now eating 2,500 calories a day, even starting at 2,000/day can get your weight kick-started and it will be much easier to stick with it.
Once the weight loss stalls (less than 0.5 lbs. a week in my book), you can drop 50-100 calories and see if that helps. Instead of dropping calories, you could also up your exercise first.