Thank you for your heartfelt post and for being so honest and transparent with your situation. It is in this manner that we can help each other and I truly urge you to stay connected with this community for continued information, support and encouragement.
While I can certainly empathize with your situation and can feel the urgency in your words, please allow me to share some information with you and know that I do so from having been there and in caring about those who are truly trying to find their way down this path to health and fitness.
Quite simply put, you are starving yourself and your body is in preservation mode. Based on being male, 23 years old, 5'11" tall, 252 lbs and selecting a somewhat active lifestyle (moderate activity approximately 3 times a week), you need 2,650 calories to MAINTAIN your weight.
It takes a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories to lose ONE pound. So, if you were to lose 2 pounds a week, you can either cut calories or increase your activity level to burn additional calories. Personally, I would suggest a combination of both. Even if you went to 1,650 calories a day, you should begin to lose weight once your body realizes you are not starving. One of the way to tell your body you are not starving is to exercise.
Here is a journal entry that helps to explain plateaus and how to get over them, http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/40803 Yours
, however, appears to be from starvation. I know it sounds funny, but you will have to eat more in order to lose weight.
You do not have to starve .. you can eat a moderate amount of food, not feel hungry most of the time and lose weight.
May I suggest you consider some of the following ...
Breakfast .. egg (in Pam), toast (with spray butter or dry) and 3 slices of turkey or beef bacon (already cooked -- about 70 calories) OR oatmeal with skim milk, cinnamon and artificial sweetener OR whole grain cereal (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Raisin Bran) and skim milk (this makes a protein).
Lunch .. Campbell's Select Soup, a lean chicken breast, a salad (watch the dressings .. Paul Neumann makes some great low calorie and tasty options), sushi, vegetables.
Dinner .. Grilled, roasted or boiled chicken, lean beef, turkey, pork or fish along with steamed or grilled vegetables (use olive oil - it's a good fat), and perhaps a small baked potato with spray butter.
Snacks .. (3 a day) .. a fresh fruit, low-fat reduced calorie yogurt, jello, 100-calorie popcorn, fresh vegetables, protein bar, protein drink, 5-6 crackers and skinny cheese, nuts (not many .. watch calories)
Then, try mixing up your exercise. Do something different, don't let your body know or get used to your routine. Try aerobics, Richard Simmons, walking (great way to build stamina), biking, swimming, stair steps, pilates (builds core) .. just anything that lets you MOVE. Start someplace and do what you can .. do not overdo this. Build a little day by day .. even just 30 seconds more than the day before.
I have approximately 50 pounds remaining on my journey. Having started at 330, I do know where you're at and what you are feeling. Won't you consider making small goals .. 2-3 pounds at a time .. and make lots of small celebrations? We'll be doing this throughout 2009 .. together .. as a group .. as teammates. Just shout out when you need help and come here each day you can for continuing information, help, support and motivation.
Very best wishes to you .. hope to hear how you're doing and to see you often!!! WELCOME to the Weight Loss & Dieting Community!!!