Our expert says:
It's not too surprising that you wouldn't lose weight early on - happens to just about everyone. The reasons are numerous - you increase muscle mass, for example and so it "hides" any loss of fat you have had. Also, people's diets play a major role, and you've quite rightly identified a key problem.
The answer likely lies in two things - the timing of the meals, and the content of the meals. It's not necessarily about how much you eat, but what and when you eat. These are very precise things, and I think the best is to see a decent dietician (which seems hard to find, sadly!)
I can't be super-specific, since my expertise is not in the diet, and so I'm vague in the sense that I can say six smaller meals, focus on foods lower in GI and so forth. For the actual "recipe" you need a dietician, and you should get an eating plan. The dietician I know well always gives a specific eating plan, day by day, meal by meal, and so you might insist on it.
My advice in addition to this is to focus on getting fitter. if you get fitter and train more, then you'll lose weight, and it takes care of itself. So make the target a 10km race, or a cycle event, or just a time or level of fitness, and you'll do the right thing!
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