Hi, new to the forum trying to find advice as I've been searching for months and haven't found an answer or someone similar.
I'm 6'6" and don't exercise much and have a desk job.
I was 362 pounds. I started calorie counting by dropping to 1900 calories. This worked and I dropped 2 pounds a week for roughly 1.5 years. Then I stopped losing weight. So after 3 months of not losing any, I dropped to 1400 calories and I continued to lose 2 pounds a week until I reached 240 pounds.
I stopped dieting after 3 years because I had an operation due in a year to have an ileostomy due to my ulcerative colitis and wanted to be strong and fit for that. I went back to 1900 calories and maintained my weight for over a year without any problems.
I had the operation and due to me being on immune suppressants for so long, I had to go through 5 months of infections including a 7" abscess. I lost 42 pounds during this time.
Once I got better, I went back to 2000 calories hoping to carry on maintaining my weight, or even put 14 pounds back on, as 200 pounds was a little light.
In the next 4 months, I put 30 pounds on. I thought it's my body recovering so I carried on thinking it will level out. After 7 months, I was up another 20 pounds to 250.
I got back down to 240 by eating just 1200 calories and now to maintain it, I'm looking at no more than 1500. It's been 1.5 years since the operation.
So to lose weight and get that last 20 pounds off, I'm looking at dropping to 1000 calories a day. Yet whenever I google or research this, everybody says 1000 is far too low and they should stop doing it at once, so this leaves me totally confused.
I can't do regular exercise easily due to bad knees and arthritis in my back, so I would prefer to do it how I have been for the last 6 years.
Sorry for the long post, but I felt the back story was important.
Any ideas what's going on with my body?
Help would be appreciated.