Has anyone on this forum read the Prinal Blueprint? <--- Did anyone else take this as an insult?
ChocoTaco, were you eating a SAD diet at the time of this caloric restriction?
Not. All. Calories. Are. The. Same.
Just like gasoline or electricity or wind or sunlight. Yes, they are all "energy," but you have to match your fuel to your plant, or the plant will do nothing. A solar panel cannot make electricity from wind. A wind turbine cannot make electricity from burning hydrogran. A coal burning plant doesn't make electricity from sunlight. Your food-burning body cannot run on sunlight or nuclear fuel. etc.
What if you poured gasoline onto the batteries in the electric car? Will it run? Of coruse not. The batteries don't know how to use gasoline, so the gas just sits there. The car wants electricity, and no matter how much gas you pour in, the car won't run without electricity.* The car will NEVER see the accumulating cans of gasoline. Ok, so what if you stop putting cans of gas into the electric car. Will the car use up the cans of gas that are already there? OF COURSE NOT.
FIRST: Match your stockpile of fuel to your power plant. <--- or more accurately, convert your power plant to the fuel you've stockpiled.
THEN: Restrict the amount of new (matched) fuel you take in. Then your power plant can use up the stockpile.
IDEAL: For you Ind. Eng. folks out there: You'll have a six-pack when you achieve just-in-time fuel delivery so you don't have to store inventory.
So Dirlot, you are wrong. It is NOT "one thing or the other."
Is it calorie restriction?
Answer: Yes, BUT. Only if you match your fuel.
(Now I realize that the body is somewhat more complex than the car example because humans can sort of burn both fat and sugar.** This analogy is the extreme version, and would apply best to someone who ditched a bread-heavy SAD cold-turkey and converted to eating only fats butter and coconut oil. We have an example of that: the Bulletproof Executive, who (says he) lived in Asia for two years on Bulletproof butter coffee alone. And Dirlot, we had this same discussion in the Bulletproof Coffee thread.)
*In fact this is precisely what Taubes described with that special species of rat: researchers fed the rats until they were obese and then cut off all food until the rats starved to death. The rats died still fat. They rats were so adapted to burning sugar that they ate their own muscles before burning that fat. This is the example I think of when I see an obese low-income person who can't afford food. The standard CW ridicule is that "gee they don't look like they're starving to me." Yes, they are starving, and primals know why. Luckily humans are a little more adaptable. On pure starvation (fasting), a human would adapt to fat-burner. But what about the vegetarians who lose muscle and have a soft middle? They show that we aren't that far off from those rats.
**for you sticklers, the equivalent would be to convert from coal to natural gas. Similar fuel, but different enough that you need some conversion for safety and efficiency.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained to 109 on sugar cheat. Reset with 85P / 90C / 90F. Currently weaning off fat to 85P / 90C / 60F.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.