I'm aware that the human body is not a steady-state thermodynamic equation. The point is it's irrelevant because the variances are so small it doesn't matter. Maybe on a steak and avocado diet, your maintenance calories are 2,100 and on a chicken and pasta diet they're 2,025. It doesn't matter because 75 calories is small enough to not matter. You ARE living in denial. The stuff that you're believing in has been proven wrong again and again. Studies have been done putting people on high carb/low fat diets and low carb/high fat diets and the result is the same - both groups lose the same amount of weight. The difference is the mental game - it's easier to maintain a low carbohydrate lifestyle versus an low fat lifestyle because there are far more food options, the foods provide better satiety and they're often a lot more nutrient-dense. Most of the bad foods in the SAD that promote metabolic disorder are grain-based and loaded with sugar so when you remove carbohydrate, you just happen to remove the most unhealthy items from your diet. It's not that low carb is healthier or better than low fat, it's that the poisonous foods in the SAD are almost all eliminated by a low carb lifestyle.
Originally Posted by dallytante
The fact that you specified you're not willing to listen to "calories in = calories out" in your opening post means you only will hear what you want to hear. You are looking for validation, not for the truth. A lot of extreme-minded people make their way over to Primal/Paleo because extremists crave being viewed as counter-culture. They love the attention it brings them. Going in with this mindset will only lead to failure. I don't care what foods you're eating. You will blow up fat as a house on 4,000 calories a day unless you're a 6'4" Olympic swimmer or a marathon runner.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.