0.5 #s a week is nothing to sneeze at! Losing weight slowly while adjusting to a healthier diet usually makes the weight loss more sustainable. If you continue at this rate that will be about 25#s in a year.
As for cutting more calories, it depends on how many calories a day you are currently eating, your current weight and your activity level.
If you are 5'5 weigh 130#s and are eating 1200 calories a day you may need to be eating more. You do not want to drop below 1200 calories a day.
Are you using the nutrition tracker? I find that tracking what I am eating, measuring my servings and assessing how well I am doing in terms of nutrition really helps me. I have a tendency to go too low fat which makes feel hungrier.
Dieting is difficult. I quit dieting because in the long run it doesn't work. (I dieted my way to 245#s) Deciding to live forever on a healthy diet is easier. Make slow, small, sustainable life style changes makes more sense to me. I watch my caloric intake (~1500/day), make sure that I get 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables. 80+ grams of protein and a reasonable amount of healthy fats every day. Trying to get in all of the healthy foods doesn't leave a lot of physical room for additional foods!
I can eat chocolate, cookies and anything else I want as long as I stay within my range. And because I plan to eat this way forever it takes the pressure off. If I decide I really want a bacon cheeseburger, I have one. But then I adjust the rest of my day to accommodate that decision. And if I go over once in a while I don't beat myself up, I just adjust the next couple of days.
With the change in attitude, eating healthy vs dieting, I don't feel deprived when someone brings in donuts or bagels. I look at it, ask myself how I will feel if I eat it (usually will feel bad-too many carbs make me feel stodgy and bloated) and usually decide I don't want it. If I really want it, I have it.
| Pounds lost: 95.0