I had the same issue for years until I was turned on to water fasting. This is not for everyone and I am sure there will be potential of blow back for what I am about to tell you. First research this on your own!
I broke through my 205 lbs (which I was stuck at for years) pretty easily with water fasting. If you can stick to it, you can lose a pound a day till you get to the weight point (BMI) that you are looking for. It is essential that brake the fast very slowly, only fresh vegetable/fruit juice no store bought juice. If you have an organic food store they can help you with this. Purchasing a juicer pays for itself fast. Stopping the fast you don't want to "binge eat" (i.e. pizza, burritos, hamburgers and fries etc) or your body will let you know that you screwed up royally for doing it. Research a ketogenic diet this is what you will want to eat after your fast. This will be a lifestyle change, a big commitment. The US food pyramid is upside down! Research this too. Our bodies do not do well on high carbohydrate diets; many adverse health affects are noted due to high carb diets. Good oils like MCT, Olive, Coconut gives the brain and muscles the necessary amino acids for proper balanced cell growth. Check out MCT oil and it's affects. I have maintained 185 for many months and it has helped with my dirt riding stamina like crazy. Plus, shaving pounds from my body has much more affect than shaving ounces from my bike.
There are studies at Stanford Medical Center for the positive affects of water fasting five days before introducing Chemo Therapy to cancer patients, and with amazing results! Please look this up. When we water fast the bodies natural immune system boosts. Water fasting naturally clears out toxins held within the organs like the liver and kidneys that can be there from processed foods and life style. Plus the body likes to have a break from digestion. It's like a reset. Eating a bit of meat Chicken and fish is good and a little red meat from time to time is good. Eat green veggies and try to stay off of starches like rice and potatoes, and corn products; these turn right into sugar within the body. If you can keep your carbs down around 25 a day you will have much leaner muscle mass and plain feel better. Cancer loves sugar (research this), Sugar is highly acidic within the body and cancer loves acid, thus all the new alkaline waters currently being touted.
As I said earlier water fasting is not for everyone. Work demands, family dinners, etc can be a challenge. Why? because for the first few days you will be hungry! Usually after three days I loose the hunger pangs. As the body begins to burn Ketones instead of carbohydrates for fuel; you may get a bit punky until your body adjusts. You may get a bit headachy during a water fast too. Do your research on this, and you will know the process of the body burning ketones vs carbs and sugar. So you see going to work feeling that way may be an issue. You will need to start increasing your water intake now even if you don't water fast. I drink about a half gallon a day every day. Yes I pee a lot oh well. Water helps the body function properly and it is essential to properly metabolize fats (trust me). You will want to stop all exercise during a water fast; it's the bodies turn to just chill. You can go back to weight lifting once you brake the fast, just ease into it.
And again, after stopping a water fast, start with a ketogenic diet. It's healthier for your body than burning sugars and starches. Ever since the "breads and cereals dominant" food pyramid was introduced years ago, the incidents of diabeties went up exponentially. Check this out too. America grows wheat! It grows Corn! It's all about the economy, that is why these grains and cereals are subsidized by the government so much. Again, please do your own research on all that I am saying here before jumping in. There is so much peer reviewed science as to how dropping the carbs has positive affects on the human body.
Early humans didn't eat three squares a day, and thy sure didn't have the availability of refined sugar, corn syrup, and bleached grains that are so abundant in the american diet today. I hope this info helps. I know that reply is "long winded" but hey, the affects of this information I'm sharing with you has changed my life, and for the better. I feel so much better as a result.
Husky159 Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or a even a shoulder to lean on during your journey.