How much dieting is too much dieting?
I am wondering what everyone thinks about dieting. I know, I know, I shoulld be asking my doctor. We did discuss this a year or so ago, and I was given the standard heart-healthy diet, which was OK. Limiting sodium & fat was not difficult for me, and I became a label-reader & (for a while) kept a daily tab. I lost about 15 lbs in the first few months, then hit a plareau & stuck there. I'll admit, that I got discouraged & stopped being as diligent as I should have been & as a result have gained back that 15 and probably more. At this point, clothes that used to be loose are now tight & my elastic-waisted sweatpants are back in the front of my closet! I don't feel comfortable & I feel like some more aggressive dieting is called for.
I started cutting carbs, not as drasticaly as Keto, but in a pretty big way. This weekend I made another big change by carefully tracking calories & going from my previous limit of 1200/day to 1000 or less. I don't skip meals, but I cut portions & make sure that some meals or snacks are extemely low-caorie, like a veggie plate. To make sure that I get proper nutrients, especially protein, I have a low-calorie shake every day as well.
I have started to feel not very well over the past day or so, with fatigue & nausea getting especially bad yesterday. I know that starting a diet can cause a reaction in the body as it adjusts & starts to burn fat. I know about the Keto flu, but as I said, I'm not strictly following that diet. It's also possible that I just had a bug that coincided with the changes I've made most recently.
I wonder if drastic dieting is the best thing for a 61-year-old woman with heart issues. I have a feeling my doctor would say it is not (heck, even my better judgement is saying that) :( I just hate being uncomfortable with my weight, and I'm tired of those sweat pants as well!