Rick (and a LOT of other people) is (are) frustrated with plateauing.... It's not an easy problem to deal with! We've discussed it here before, but tossing in some more suggestions about what might be going "wrong" might be timely.
On the cruise, there were speakers i'd never heard of before, but who had some interesting ideas. In fact, someone during the Q & A session brought up the subject of plateaus, and the entire panel seemed to agree on the basic reply:
WATCH FOR HIDDEN CARBS. Some people are so sensitive to them, a very little can derail their efforts. One woman found that the lemon juice she was using was enough to keep her from progressing.
First, forget the NET carbs -- from Eric Westman all the way down the ranks, it's now agreed that that "net" business has led people astray.
Do you use powdered sucralose? It's bulked up with fluffed maltodextrin. This carbohydrate has a high glycemic index and can elicit an insulin spike. Use liquid sucralose instead, in your coffee/tea and for other sweetening purposes.
But wait, you say -- i can't BAKE with liquid sucralose! ...BAKE??? If you're eating baked goods often, THERE'S another source of carbs you may not be counting! Almond flour is not carb-free, though some people treat it as such -- every ounce has 5.6g. Even heavy cream is not carb-free -- a half-cup contains 3.3g. A little here, a little there -- you're at 20g of carb before you know it.
Did you know that acesulfame-potassium inhibits ketosis? Yep. It elicits an insulin response, though the animals tested don't demonstrate hypoglycemia afterward -- insulin w/o hypo's ... doesn't that imply sugar-release?
Obesogens in the modern environment! Though the PEOPLE delivering this kind of information set off everyone's quack-alarm, there's evidence that the message shouldn't be dismissed as quickly as the messenger. A lot of obesogens screw with your hormones and neurotransmitters; a few of them are phthalates, parabens, BPA and its replacement (BPS) also, pesticides, halogens (chlorine, bromine, fluoride), MSG, heavy metals, molds and allergens, PPIs, antidepressants, other psych drugs.... As mentioned above, hormones (particularly sex hormones) REEEALLY predispose for weight-gain! Why do you suppose women who never had a weight problem before, start gaining fat in midlife, though they haven't changed their food choices or amount of activity? It's truly amazing how many gurus totally manage to ignore this phenomenon!
So if you're frustrated by a weight-loss plateau, it's time to take a very close look at a lot of things. Weigh and measure your food and plot EVERYTHING in your favorite online tracker. Don't say "i'm very good at eyeballing -- i don't need to measure." If you omit this step, DON'T FUCKING EVER complain again!
Read EVERY label. Even your shampoo. Don't chew a piece of gum without knowing what's in it. I'm serious -- the little things add up.