Are you cooking your food with no oils? That was the missing link for me. When I realized NO OILS was an important part of "clean" eating, my weight plummeted.
If you're eating all plants, no animals, and no oils I'd say you're doing well, no matter your weight.
When it comes to exercising, I found it easier to lose my weight first; then exercising was a pleasure.
Trying to change my diet AND add exercise right away was asking too much of myself.
I considered my first month of eating this new way as my "dry out" time from my cravings. A time to "quiet" my body. A time to learn how to cook with NO OILS. A time to re-learn what food is for... nutrition first, taste second. Priorities! Simple foods. Whole foods. Real foods. Homemade foods.
To quote Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., "When it comes to cheating, a little bit CAN hurt."
I found it much easier to be 100% compliant (especially with the NO OILS part) instead of hanging on to "treats" from the old days as some kind of "reward" for changing my diet.
When friends say, "Let me take you to lunch," I say, "Let's walk in the park instead." Social get-togethers are too-often centered around food. Besides, I don't know any restaurants that cook without oils.
A good way to comply with this diet is to change the behaviors that might lead to self-sabotage.
I get inspiration from the dozens of YouTube lecture videos of Dr. McDougall and the other good Doctors who encourage us to eat all plants, no animals, and no oils.
Here are some other good Doctors to search for on YouTube: T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Dr. Michael Klaper, and Dr. William C. Roberts.
Well-meaning friends will often express CONCERNS that we're not getting enough (pick one) protein/fat/vitamin B-12/calcium/this-and-that.
STICK WITH IT and their "concerns" will soon turn to admiration. It works for Bill Clinton! Did you know he's eating this way? He looks great.
Eat all plants, no animals, no oils, period. Eat 80% starches & 20% fruits and vegetables. Eat all you like, for the rest of your life. Good luck to you!
P.S. Regarding your Doctor's "concern" about eating this way: ask to see your Doctor's naked belly. The proof is in the "naked truth." Dr. McDougall used this line-of-reasoning in a radio interview on KALW-FM (San Francisco) in 2012. Watch the McDougall YouTube video where he gave a one hour presentation to "doubting Doctors." The doubting Doctor who introduced him looked TERRIBLE! Fat, pale, and full of frowns. An unhappy & unhealthy man. Add a "God complex," and you've got a toxic situation. CAUTION is advised...