I think this applies to all (reduction) dieting. Everyone is physiologically different....at least to a degree in response to different diet approaches....and you have to consider that we may experience physiological (word of the day,lol) changes with time that require that we tweak our approach.The take-home lesson is this: I used to believe that one size fits all in the realm of contest dieting. Not even close to the truth.
Bingo. This is universal. I've complained to M.A. about this many times. Between the kazillion variations on diet out there, and those (often "trainers" with good intentions) who simply give the same advice to everyone, it is easy to get screwed up. But, like you said, once you get your plan of action worked out, if you stay strict and pay close attention to your body's responses to various aspects of the diet, you will eventually know what's happening. For instance, the fact that I got into the peanut butter last night tells me that I won't be close to ketosis for another two days, as opposed to the fat burning state I could have been in right now, thereby screwing up almost a week's worth of dieting....It's all Curt James' fault, of course.I listened to the wrong person and got my ass kicked in trying to drop fat. I got stronger, and probably built some muscle, but the problem was the bodyfat was staying the same. I dont do well with carbs. I never have and never will. UD2 and PSMF and Palumbo's keto diet all worked, because that's what my body is made for! Try and listen to your body and it wont be as challenging as you might think to get leaner. I'm not shunning carbs-they worked beautifully when I bulked. I didnt care about a little fat. Now, the game changes and Built rescues me again. \Listen to your body and use what works!
I think you'll do it,man.