This could go in the "FATLOSS" section, but there's some other things going on here too, so I chose "NUTRITION".
Let me first state that what Iím about to say is not fact, nor is it based in science. It is merely based on my personal experience/observation and itís open to debate, discussion, opinion or anything else you may feel appropriate to add.
I have done several forms of the low carb diets, with some degree of success. Most recently, I have adopted a hybrid of a few different low carb diets, and itís working quite well. However, through my dieting I have noticed a few things that inhibit or completely stall my weight loss.
1) Coffee Ė I assume itís the caffeine, but when I drink 1 mug (18oz each) of coffee (4 creams, no sweetener) or more, regardless of my level of Ketosis, I do not loose weight on this diet.
2) Diet Soft Drinks ĖIf I drink more than 1 diet soda per day, I do not loose weight. And actually, it inhibits my bodyís ability to enter Ketosis. Not sure why, but I suspect itís a combination of the caffeine, artificial sweetener and citric acid.
3) Artificial Sweeteners Ė Any of themÖ If I consume more than 3 single serving packets a day, I donít loose weight. I used to crave sweet things so this diet was tough. Not anymore! Except for my PWO whey shake, Iíve completely eliminated all sweet tasting things. I found that after not eating any artificial sweeteners or drinking any diet sodas, 30 days into the diet, I didnít miss, or even crave them anymore. In fact, if I taste a diet soda now, find the taste to be disgustingly sweet since Iíve desensitized my taste buds.
4) High Fat Meats (Pork, Prime Rib, etc) Ė Regardless of my level of Ketosis, eat too much of this and I donít loose weight
Now, on the bright side. Iíve found some things that actually help me loose weight Ö
SPICY FOOD! Thatís right, if I add Habenero, Tabasco, crushed red pepper or jalepeno, (just to name a few); I loose weight faster than normal
RED WINE! If I have a few beers, when I piss on the Ketostix in the morning, my level of Ketosis is negligible. However, if I drink red wine Iím fine. Actually, I can drink as much red wine as I want, regardless of what the carb count is. Several occasions I consumed 2 bottles of red wine in an evening; and despite my wretched hangover in the morning, I still pissed purple on the KetostixÖ and my weight loss for that week remained consistent! Too bad a decent bottle of red costs so much $$.
Anyway, everybody is different and Iím not saying you will be affected the same wayÖ
If you have any ideas on whatís going on hereÖ Iíd love to read them.