It appears I'm off of my 2+ month plateau. The older, higher weights are being seen on the scale less frequently, lower, newer ones more so.
My biggest enemies to dieting are hunger (shock!) and "eatertainment", which is mostly habit and psychological. I cannot do a different diet to slay eatertainment, but I can eat differently to feel satiated.
Here is what I've done: I'm eating as much protein as possible as a percentage of my diet. What I have discovered through recent experiments lasting a day or so, fats are no better than carbs at satiation. Only protein helps satiation.
By maximizing protein, minimizing fat (but not going to grains and starches,) keeping carbs in check, I'm not hungry for hours and hours after a VHP meal. "Low fat" here is relative to PB'ing, not what high carbers would call it. So, the second benefit is that I eat fewer calories in the day than I might have otherwise.
Since fat is more than double the calories of protein or carbs, fat is my enemy. Sorry, PBaholics, for this purpose, yes. Even trying to avoid fats, and eating VHP foods, it's hard to keep the fat calories much below 50%! So, it's not like I'm lipid deprived, or anything. It also means I'm eating foods many will disdain - no lectures, please - and that I won't eat on maintenance. (Howz that for optimism?) Like turkey bacon. Like three egg whites (with one whole egg.)
I'm keeping the carbs at 50 or less, one foray to 60.
My accidental yogurt cheese, see that thread, is a new staple, almost pure protein. Other important foods are non-fat yogurt in moderation. Roasted turkey breast (the very leanest meat available,) very lean pork, and very lean beef do well. My very lean cubed steak beef jerky. Fish and shrimp.
And then there's the truly magic bullet of the calories that protein needs to burn itself. How about 15-30%? If we use 25% as average TEF, that means for every gram of protein eaten, you can take that number away from the daily calorie count. Is that magic, or what?
I've been eating 160-240 grams of protein a day. I have no target, it's just what I getting to avoid hunger. My LBM is 172, which means I'm getting .93 to 1.4 grams a day. No issue with losing LBM, not that I have yet.
Now if I can only find that bullet for eatertainment.