I am on the ETL plan too.
I found that when I was not following it perfectly, I was not losing. If I add more than 1 cup of starchy veggies/grains, more than 1000 mg of sodium, don't eat at least 1 cup of beans, eat added sugar, or exceed the 1 ounce of nuts/seeds, my weight loss stalls.
The most important thing for me is to eat the raw vegetables. I have a hard time getting in all the veggies since I'm just not hungry.
Also it helps me to track everything. Even those suggested recipes exceed the plan guidelines on occasion for excessive weight loss.
Initially, I would eat until I was really full just to eat everything required. When I stopped doing that, the scale started to budge.
I also saw a big change with exercise.
I was getting really frustrated but using that magnifying glass helped me find the hidden errors.
I hope this helps.
| current weight: 215.0