One of Wooo's commenters is dealing with a frustration that happens to a LOT of people -- especially women. C is under the impression she's doing everything right, but not seeing the progress she expects.
Not knowing her, nor her history, nor her actual practices, i won't presume SHE is doing what i'm about to describe, but so many people do, it's something that needs talking about.
I recommended following Atkins or Eades AS WRITTEN -- the basics, no tweaks. In a follow-up comment, i specified their actual meal plans. I think this is an important starting place, because if people begin their LC experimentation based on what they read in forums and miscellaneous blogs written by people who already know how their bodies respond to BASIC LC, they may easily skip over stages and signs they need to know about. Most of "us" here did our LC "boot camp" some time ago, and those early experiences influence what we do today.
Dr. Atkins' revised diet revolution (2002? i'm not sure of the date...) contains SO MUCH INFO, it's easy to slip past the elementary stuff and concentrate too soon on the minutia. So elementary it's unnecessary to dwell on? NO. So elementary, it's the bedrock on which everything else rests.
I believe I slipped out of the basics too soon, myself. It was such an effective program for me, i got ambitious to move out of the induction phase too soon, seduced by enticing low-carb recipes that were a little TOO carby. I know, Atkins himself said one shouldn't stay in induction too long -- that it's important to slowly add in more carbs to see at what point one's body stalls. I disagree. My experience suggests that losing almost all the weight one wants to ON INDUCTION will help keep that train on track till its destination is reached. THEN fiddle around with finding your critical carb intake level.
I also believe that one reason people don't have as good a result when attempting LC a second time is that they never begin as a purist again. They "know" they can get away with certain tweaks ... and those sneaky little cheats and shortcuts completely spoil the game. Well, also, the body has the experience of running on fats and ketones, and doesn't WASTE nearly as much energy in the adaptation process as it did the first time, too! The pink color on the pee-strips doesn't just indicate you're burning your own fat for fuel, it means you're pouring energy (ketones) down the toilet! As a LC veteran progresses, s/he often finds the pink fades away -- our bodies are becoming adept at USING those ketones for energy instead of flushing away what it doesn't know what to do with.
THAT is why i suggest to people who are interested in a LCHF diet, go buy the New Diet Revolution and follow exactly what it says (but to use animal fats instead of omega-6 oils, and stay away from the soy and gluten products). No one knows better than me, the lure of experimentation! I'm not tempted by pizza and cookies, i'm tempted by the perfectly legitimate possibilities of zoodles and cauliflower rice and ... other things which technically follow the rules, but which potentially derail a perfectly functional dietary plan.