Okay, I have an idea for those of you struggling with no weight loss. I use to run some support groups for people that followed the Zone diet and they too would get into a plateau and it seemed like it would drag on and on. Until we rediscovered what Dr. Sears suggested in his book. What you do is eliminate all high glycemic foods and increase low glycemic veggies and fruits and add a little more protein to each meal. It works wonders. We saw people come right out of their plateau. Hope this helps.
I find not eating bread at all during a plateau is enough for me to speed up the weight loss, too. In fact the only grains I eat are high fiber grains in my cereal in the morning. I have given up on bread as in a food. Okay, once in a while I have a bite or 2 of a piece of bread or roll and I realize I am not missing a whole lot!
In the past, and just before I started SLD, I've successfully used a very short term ketogenic, "fat fast" diet to get off the plateau or kick-start a diet for a quick weigh loss. For only 4-7 days I eat only 1200 daily calories of high fat (80% fat + -) foods with some carbs/green vegetables (avocado, lettuce, celery, green beans, asparagus, etc.) between 8-12 carb units or so, vitamin/mineral supplements, and fluids including 64 oz water, which is 4 16oz bottles. The natural sweetener I use is Stevia. After the week of ketogenic dieting, I go back to normal 1200-1500 calories (I'm female; men would want to adjust their calories according to their needs). Most will be familiar with ketogenic dieting through the Atkins Diet. The fat-fast is related to what the Atkins Diet does, similar to their Induction Phase, and has been featured on the Atkins in the past (I've never done the Atkins Diet, myself).
Fatty foods that would induce the needed short term ketosis include cream cheese, cheeses, whipping cream or half-and-half, butter, eggs, tuna packed in oil, salmon, sardines packed in oil, sausage, liverwurst, steak, macadamia nuts, olives packed in oil, pork rinds, pepperoni sticks, etc. Not a heart-healthy diet, but not a long-term diet, being only a week in duration. One could easily continue taking SLD oil on a ketogenic as part of the calorie intake. (Going into ketosis forces the body to burn fat for energy instead of glucose. An adequate protein intake keeps the body from breaking down muscle tissue).
By the time I get to the 4th or 5th day, I am detesting high fat foods and meat, while craving fresh fruit and veggies. As with SLD, on the fat fast I pee a lot and get a bit constipated. I usually have some raw (Bragg's) apple cider vinegar in or on something during the day which, I think, helps.
Dr. Sears' suggestion for eliminating high-glycemic foods would be much healthier than the "fat fast", especially for long term plateau busting. But the "fat fast" ketosis has worked well for me, the three times I've used it. - losing-it