I had a close friend inquire today how she can make the most of her attack phase as it is not turning out as successfully as she would've hoped. Here's the advice I gave her that perhaps some of you can utilize as well.
(A) You will never have an attack phase as successful as your first ever this does not mean the diet won't work...it simply means you'll have to be more patient. (B) If you are anywhere near your pd before or after, that can make your weight seem to not be moving, but it will move eventually (C) If you want to ensure results cut out any dairy and stick to protein only (D) Monitor your salt intake, if excess salt consumption is unavoidable (As it is with me) then buy some diurex (it's only $4). (E) The "Water weight" you lost may appear to be water weight only, but if you keep it off it is not merely water weight...so for example right after you lost that you might not have been able to see a difference in your body...but keeping that off a couple more days will provide you with a difference.
In my opinion, during the early days of the diet being very strict and not cheating is key. If I had cheated as I do now initially...I would've failed miserably. I went a solid 2 months probably following the rules to a t.
Also, they say you can eat whatever you want as long as the things you eat are kosher or whatever...BUT if you are having serving sizes that are quite large that can cancel out the rest of the diet's effects. I did not experience that personally, but Marshall Brain blogged early on about having to large of portion sizes of meat, and it had a negative effect on his weight loss.
Addendum: A couple of days ago (Day 215) of my journey, I hit my 100 lbs lost milestone. Which means for the first time since I was 16 I am officially under 200 lbs. I allowed myself a day of celebration to reward my discipline, but I followed that up by beginning an intensive mini-attack phase. Since I'm entirely sick of chicken, I'm sticking to tuna for the time being. I can already tell a marked improvement in the intensity of my appetite and the ease with which I reach satiety.