Well said Scooby.Razz-
I don't claim to know more than Friedman. I'm not sure you're the most cogent or credible mouthpiece for Dr. Friedman. You don't enhance your credibility by slamming Colpo (who I don't think anyone here has cited as an authority) or by continually making references to the same studies that are only tangentially responsive to this conversation.
Nobody is advocating calorie counting as a stand-alone response to weight management. Nobody is claiming that calorie counting is an effective means of maintaining "long-term" energy balance. That's because neither of those two propositions are the point. The point is whether calorie counting (in addition to proper hormonal control) is a useful tool for getting from Weight X to Weight X-40. As you've done so much study on this, I'm sure you're aware of the countless scientific studies that have shown this to be true. Scientists have made thin rats fat and fat rats thin. They've done so in part by manipulating hormones and in part by manipulating calories.
Everyone on this thread understands that long-term weight loss success stories are rare. And we all take Dr. Bacon's admonition that we should work to improve our other health markers regardless of the number on a scale to heart. But I humbly suggest that nothing you've brought to the table in this thread is particularly groundbreaking or interesting. I'd also suggest that multiple replies to the same post using ALL CAPS is a pretty reliable way to get dismissed as a kook on the internet. Frankly, it kind of makes you sound like Colpo. Be like Dr. Friedman. I'll bet he's never even used his Caps Lock key.