When weight loss slows or plateaus, my instinct is to read all sorts of articles/chapters of books on the subject, just to encourage myself, clean up my "technique" and reinforce my will to succeed. Thus i often read things online which could be considered just confirmation of what i already know, by way of a pep-talk ... but i never know if i'm going to come across something new or especially-inspiring. I'm sure i've read a lot of THIS info before, but this time i was ripe to appreciate a particular aspect of it.
One of the (many) ways we see the basic CICO concept fall on its ass is where isocaloric diets differentiating between low- and high-carb arms show significantly different fat-loss results. And one of the (many) ways low-carb diets "waste" calories lies in the process of gluconeogenesis -- turns out, 100 grams of protein convert to only 57 grams of glucose! That's some pretty impressive inefficiency!
But that's not the mechanism i was referring to. The one that "turned on the lights" for me just now is the fact that alcohol use INHIBITS gluconeogenesis. I had observed that i could still lose weight on my ultra-LC regimen with one glass of wine with brunch and dinner, but beyond that it was (if i may coin a phrase) orvieto-land -- that CITY ON A PLATEAU [evil grin].
I already knew that for the best weight-loss results it helps to stay strictly on the wagon. Just a reminder, then....