I don't care what the studies say. I used to eat a SAD diet, and when I tracked my calories closely eating many grains, seed oils, margarine, alcohol, skim milk, etc (Yes I tracked the alcohol too). My macros on a typical day:
Day I drank (average twice per week):
Days I didn't drink:
I was gaining on average 5lbs per year eating this way.
Seven weeks ago, I gave up most dairy, all seed oils, legumes, sugar, alcohol, starchy vegetables, all grains. I added coconut oil, MTC's, cod liver oil, Vit D supplements. I now eat:
3000-3100kcal per day
As of today I have lost 13.3lbs. (And experienced many other health benefits). I am basically at the same activity level as before.
Calories In / Calories out says I should be increasing weight faster now than what I was gaining on a SAD diet, obviously something else is going on. I believe calories in / calories out is a simplistic and outdated theory. Obviously, a human body isn't a very good calorimeter, and why would it be? There is a hell of a lot more going on in my body than burning food in an oxygen chamber..
"It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan